For decades if not centuries, Donors, out of a desire to serve the "poor", have entered "struggling" communities providing "solutions" to what they see as the community's challenges. Donors become frustrated when the community displays a lack of support, perceived appreciation or involvement, unaware that it was their very actions that unintentionally encouraged and, in fact, "led" the community into being dependent on them for their well being.
Tatua recognizes the need to revise how we support real growth and systemic change for local communities and develop leadership. Traditional approaches have a myriad of negative effects including unequal power distribution, self-doubt on the local level often made worse by short term, unsustainable injections of capital, and exacerbated by the failure to gain buy-in from local community. There is often an absence of leadership development and a failure to transfer control to the local community
Developing these leaders creates a base of community members committed to addressing a specific challenge related to their target issue. Through building relationships and taking action together they begin to earn trust and commitment in their community. In the end, the community itself has the ability to claim direct ownership of the problem and launch a Community Run Initiative that address their urgent issues aimed to reach over 4000 community members in meaningful campaigns in a year,.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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