We train local communities in Mozambique, Kenya and Malawi to strengthen their capacity to act.
We also offer discipleship courses in Germany that focus on social challenges of our global society.
We build cooperations with other organizations and support them in their work with our training. We act exclusively on request from the local partner.
We develop training curricula.
COMMUNITY-DEVELOPMENT-TRAINING IN MOZAMBIQUE, KENYA AND MALAWI
Our community-training-program serves pastors and local leaders and their communities to:
identify and mobilize local resources to meet the community needs independent from outside help
start and lead community-development-projects and have true ownership of development
overcome poverty-promoting worldviews about self, others, creation and God
The program includes training skills in:
health and hygiene
marriage and parenting
We also educate local trainers from the very beginning to multiply the training program and to avoid creating dependencies. We focus on strengthening peoples ability to act, so that the affected people will find sustainable solutions to problems, that we as outsiders cannot even see.
SUSTAINABILITY AND CAPACITY TO ACT:
AUTONOMY AND OWNERSHIP
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES WILL ARISE OUT OF THE AFFECTED
AND NOT FROM A FOREIGN AID ORGANIZATION
"The training has enabled me to see the gold that I am sitting on and around me, I used to think I am poor but this training has opened my eyes."
"Transformation begins with us! We develop our communities with our competence and our own funds!"
„I started to use the resources that I already had but was not aware of. I grew economically, my health has improved drastically and my realtionships with others are healing. I want to pass this on, therefore I volunteer to help others in similar situations to move out of poverty. “
Our approach focuses to see poverty- affected people becoming independent and breaking the traditional role of western donors and African recipients. This is becoming more and more important to us, as we have seen repeatedly, that the western approach of providing resources (ideally or materially or financially) reinforces the paralyzing feeling of powerlessness, dependency and the conviction that the poverty- affected people cannot improve their situation on their own.
Our approach therefore focuses on identifying and breaking these thought patterns. We want to ensure that the initiative and competence for change comes from the affected people themselves, and not from a western organization.
We gratefully experience, that the participants of our training rediscover their potential, and find solutions to problems that we as outsiders cannot even see. Retrospective, the participants say: "We did it all on our own, actMED actually didn't do anything ... now we might change any of our concerns, because we can!"
This is how we avoid dependencies and disappear to the background. Our approach therefore is pretty much the opposite of how organization are usually built. We try to avoid what we have identified as poverty-promoting in development aid, and we really want to take our Christian faith seriously, that says: Not your own influence, but service should be your hallmark. And so we want to apply the reverse Jesus principle when building our organization and to expand the capacity of others, instead of increasing ours.
Small selection of initiatives launched by the participants to respond to the needs they identified in their community:
The persons in the pictures have a name and a voice and dignity. actMED asked them for permission to use this images (and obtained letter of agreements from parents when children are pictured).
Collection of trash: In light of the lack of public waste management, the private innatiative improves overall environmental and human health.
child- daycare (Jose Luis Rodrigues):
In preschool age important foundations for the social and physical development of a child are laid. In the day care, the children are prepared for a good start in primary school and provided with a meal.
Building of public toilets for the community: toiletts for public use improve the hygienic situation and has an significant effect on general health.
(Pastors Odencio Salvador, Yohane Maconjessa)
"Voice for the voiceless" (Pastor Sabala): Small local churches support widows and orphans with food, displaying the love of Christ, breaking the traditional role of giving and receiving, breaking the dependency syndrome.
Community Education Center: The building serves as child- daycare, literacy training and pastor training program. Every sunday it hosts children lifing in the streets, receiving a meal and bible stories.
Training of Trainers: Each training session is followed by a training for future trainers. In this way, the community can multiply the training program and becomes autonomous.
Training at university level: Our kenyan partner organization works toward the inclusion of our training into university curricula. We have already established a partnership with a university that has included our training in its theological curriculum.
Initiative for people living with disabilities: people and children with disabilities are considered cursed in Kipsigis society and are largely neglected and locked away by the public. With practical help, home visits and training, Winny’s initiative addresses a social stigma, thereby breaking a cycle of poverty.
As a result of the training, several students have set up a small chicken farm and even a small dairy farm. These students had previously hardly been able to feed themselves as day laborers and, according to their own statements, had no perspective on how they could change their lives.
PROJECT 7: Educational Garden
the effects of the training go beyond the students. Here, some students reached out to help a widowed, older woman to re-pave her hut with cow dung and thus save it from decay.
Young girls and women who live on the streets are particularly vulnerable. Jose invites them for sewing classes, thaught by a volonteer, to offer them an alternative source of income instead of prostitution.
Jose Luis Rodrigues is leading several projects, that give children and adults access to education who suffer from the consequences of poverty and HIV / AIDS.
Jose runs a literacy program and weekly devotions with meals for children who live on the streets and do not go to school.
As a result of the training, Pastor Hassan also founded a ministry for children who live on the street. For many children, living in the street is the only perspective they have. Local initiatives such as those of Jose and Pastor Hassan making a difference in the lives of these children, and demonstrate the relevance and competence of the local church.