Two days back I had a discussion with our Community Animators about development. They all are from the target villages and have been working with us since 1 . 5 years. I asked them to write what do they mean by development and when can they call a particular community developed? And I told them to discuss in the group and make a final presentation.
What came out from the discussion was unbelievable for me at that time…. They said a community can be called developed when it has following aspects:
Education for all, enjoy good health, organised, have capacity to solve own problems.
Stewards of natural and physical resources, Have a monitoring system, participatory decision making.
Have trust, Leadership, Respectful, Have a vision, hard working, Honesty, Take responsibility and
Selfless (concern for others)
Food is secure for all, Proud of their own community and themselves
Maintain cultural values and give importance to community gatherings.
Active Participation, Equal opportunity for marginalised people, continuously growing and Learning
Aware about own problems and weaknesses, Able to take action and accepts changes
Lives with Dignity
I was amazed to hear this from them as I had never expected this response from our field staffs.
When I asked what they think about physical development of the community? They said if a community has all these characteristics, automatically the physical/infrastructure development will occur. But if it has all natural and physical resources available but don’t have above characteristics then it will fail to manage the resources it has..and it will never prosper…
A Change from within can bring a huge change outside….That’s what it is…
This is a huge change in their perspective from the time they have joined…I am glad as the project is able to bring some beautiful changes in the lives of our field staffs whom we see as future leaders in their own communities ….
They have not been taught all this but they have learnt it from their experience….A beautiful transformation has happened within them and I hope this will bring transformation in their sphere of influence too….
Thank You… God bless…
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