For Self Reliance and Dignity
Our projects are designed to provide effective, long-term assistance to some of the poorest people in the world, in order to help them break out of the cycle of extreme poverty. Aside from providing access to fundamental needs, our projects must also contribute to the self-reliance of beneficiaries by creating employment, developing human resources, and encouraging local initiatives and management. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that families are leading improved lives, independent of external assistance, after the completion of a project.
1) Development: The project must treat causes, not only symptoms. For example, in order to improve health and sanitation in a community, long- term access to clean water must be provided in conjunction with education on health and sanitation, in order to sufficiently address the problem.
2) Participatory: Beneficiaries are encouraged to participate and contribute to the project in order for them to develop a sense of ownership and to support the sustainability of the project. They participate within their means, by inputting their ideas, participating in decisions, and many times providing physical labour.
3) Target: The project should be aimed at the lowest income and the underprivileged groups(the neglected poor)
4) Goal: The project should aim to contribute to the well-being and self-reliance of project beneficiaries, by creating jobs, developing human resources, and encouraging local initiative and management.
5) Serving as a Model: The project should serve as a duplicable model for other communities, adapted to their own needs.
6) Leveraging Impact: The project should consider not only the present need, but also the next level for self-reliance. For example, our water projects seek to develop water resources not only for human and animal consumption, but also for agriculture and irrigation.
7) 3rd party assessment: Projects should be among the priorities within the national and regional development plans of the 20 least developed countries listed by reliable third parties such as the United Nations.
As a result, in order to meet all of these criteria, we often move slowly in the implementation process. Our staff in the field are always local and a large portion of their time is spent on developing strong relationships with the families that we assist, in order to earn their trust and ensure that everyone participating in a project feels comfortable and hopeful.