OneVillage Partners’ Community Action Program mobilizes, trains, and supports community members to achieve their vision of an improved quality of life. When communities prioritize their needs and work in collaboration to lead their projects, they create unity and a sense of pride.
HOW IT WORKS
Community volunteers are selected by their peers to form the village’s Community Action Group. OneVillage Partners trains this group of volunteer community leaders to be inclusive of everyone in their village as they design, implement, monitor, and sustain projects that improve the collective well-being of the community.
The Community Action Group (equally comprised of men and women) work alongside OneVillage Partners staff to engage the entire community in identifying their priority need. In the first cycle of projects, communities have typically chosen to focus on sanitation and hygiene. Once the community members have voted for the project area that they will address, the Community Action Group designs a project to address that problem. For a sanitation and hygiene project, this usually means latrines and handwashing stations or wells. The entire community then comes together to implement this project that they themselves have designed.
As the Community Action Group volunteers lead this process, they hone their leadership and facilitation skills. Leaders that emerge from the Community Action Group are empowered and equipped to maintain inclusive and participatory framework for the community to continue to identify and mobilize to address challenges during—but especially after—OneVillage Partners engagement.
Villagers have a sense of ownership of their community development because they identify the root of the problem and determine their own solution.
After one year of participating in the Community Action Program, we implement the Nurturing Opportunities for Women Program.