We made a bridge !

(photo courtesy: Rafique Tunio)

The bridge may be rickety, but it is a source of pride for the villagers of Rato Rind of Taluka Mirpur Sakro, District Thatta.

At a SALT introductory session, when participants were asked to share the collective response for a common problem, (first question of the SALT session), one villager said:
there is a water channel near our village and we always had problems crossing it. A carpenter in our village decided to build a wooden bridge. He asked the villagers to donate for the construction, and we all got together and pooled our money and built the bridge. Now, every year, we collect money and repair the bridge.’
His face beamed as he narrated the story, and everybody listened to him, and through this listening they were connected. SALT helps build connectedness amongst people, and this in turn is the collective strength of a community.

NOTE FOR SALT practitioners: note the significance of sharing sources of pride, and see the effect of sharing on those assembled.

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Comment by Marie Lamboray on October 24, 2018 at 3:59pm

Inspiring story, thank you!

En Français:

Le pont est peut-être bancal, mais il est une source de fierté pour les villageois de Rato Zind de Taluka Mirpur Sakro, district de Thatta.

Lors d'une session d'introduction à SALT, lorsque les participants ont été invités à raconter une réponse collective à un problème commun (première question de la session SALT), voici ce qu’un villageois a partagé:

« Il y a un canal près de notre village et nous avons toujours eu des problèmes pour le traverser. Un charpentier de notre village a décidé de construire un pont de bois. Il a demandé aux villageois de faire un don pour la construction, et nous nous sommes tous réunis pour mettre en commun notre argent et construire le pont. Chaque année, nous collectons de l’argent et réparons le pont. »

Son visage rayonnait alors qu'il racontait l'histoire et tout le monde l'écoutait, et à travers cette écoute, ils étaient connectés. SALT aide à créer des liens entre les gens, ce qui constitue à son tour la force collective d'une communauté.

NOTE AUX praticiens de SALT: notez l’importance du partage des sources de fierté et constatez les effets du partage sur les personnes assemblées.

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on October 13, 2018 at 10:19pm

I loved the story Dr Kausar. What caught my eye was the effort the community takes to repair the bridge because they build it and own it. Kudos to the villagers of Rato Rind! Would you have a picture of this meeting? will be wonderful to connect this local community response to the faces.

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