Dear friends of Operation Mercy,
this morning I was in an online training with over 30 of our country and project leaders, we discussed what is poverty and what do we think of the theory, that at the root poverty is a breakdown of relationships?
We looked at resourcing, and what can the local community contribute to a project, that will make them proud of doing this work rather then making them grateful to and dependent on us.
We practised monitoring and discussed why it is so important that we track our progress towards the goals the community and we have set together.
Next week we will finish this 30 hour online Project Management course - we can see our own capacity grow week by week, as we discover new things, new ways of doing "old" things, or are reminded of best practice we knew but started to not think about any more.
But this is only the first step, already we are discussing, how can we pass on what we are learning to the rest of the local staff, to our local partner organisations, to the community and stakeholders in the community.
It is so exciting to see the capacity of my team build up, but it is even more exciting to then think about how to build the capacity of others, how to implement and multiply what we are learning.
So, thanks again for your support, that is making it possible to build up our own and the communities around us!
If you want to know more about how that is happening practically - I also have good news, the annual report 2020 with many great stories and insights, windows into our communities is now online on our webpage, to have a look and enjoy our stories, click on the link below!
You can also follow many of our projects on social media so have a look and say "hello" as you do!
A quick word about the pandemic - numbers are still raising again in several our Central Asian countries, some projects have been put on hold once more, and relief to those who have lost income due to restriction on day and migrant labour is ongoing.
on the other hand, immunisation is starting to happen, and we are working hard on helping all our staff who want to be vaccinated to get access.
I am planning my first field visit in 18 months by the end of July, when will have both my shots.
So I am looking forward to share first hand again with you all after that!
Yours Andrea - international director of Operation Mercy