OVP believes true development is most effective and sustainable when conceived, designed, implemented and evaluated by villagers themselves. Recently we partnered with the community of Grima, a remote village in the east of Sierra Leone.
The other week, the local volunteers and OVP staff finished the PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal – a way to assess the needs and resources of a community prior to planning projects or activities) analysis of Grima. After some analysis with the local volunteers, we came up with these key challenges for the Grima community: improving learning opportunities [skills training, apprenticeships]; stopping the spread of sickness within households; improving business potential in Grima; generating more profits from agriculture.
At the end of the PRA sessions, the local volunteers and OVP staff take these challenges to the community, they vote on which one they believe is the most important, and then the team of volunteers and staff come together again to design a project for that challenge. This is just one of the many ways OVP practices truly “Community-Led Development.”
– Chad McCordic, Community Projects Manager