PHILIPPINES – AAS sites and facilitators victim of Typhoon Haiyan
The Constellation is sad to learn that Aquatic Agricultural Systems sites and facilitators are victim of Typhoon Haiyan and we present our condolences to all those affected.
Some Constellation coaches, including Bobby Zachariah, Ian and Claire Campbell were involved in the Salvation Army team that facilitated community counselling after the Tsunami in 2005. SALT was at the heart of this approach. As a way to demonstrate our solidarity, the Constellation shared, via UNAIDS and the WorldFish office in the Philippines, the report with important lessons from this team.
GUINEA – A dream come true: the Guinea Competence team is born!
The Guinea Competence team has been officially certified on 18 October. The new-born is doing well and is already very active! From 17 to 25 November, Ibrahima Khalil Diakité visited 13 communities in the Kissidougou region and in its urban district (560 km from Conakry) to facilitate the self-assessment of communities for Malaria Competence. Khalil, Director Guinea Competence, was accompanied on this visit by a representative of the regional health authority, Lanciné Conde, the focal point of Guinea Competence of the Kissidougou’s health department, Garan Camara, and of representatives of two local NGOs: Pé Mamy of ACDA (Citizen Action for the Promotion of Development Alternatives) and Bhèlè Lama of APARFE (Association for the Protection Enhancement and Enrichment of Forest Resources).
"In terms of results, it should be noted that all 13 communities have harmonized and updated for 2013-2014 their action plans developed in 2012. And the level of ownership of malaria community competence in the Kissidougou region is between 3 and 4."
"On my way back to Conakry, I went to Faranah for a small debriefing on the results of the mission to the regional health authority staff... The results will be presented at the annual review (expected in December 2013) of the Health Programme Bureau of East Zone UNICEF Kankan under the direction of coach Idrissa Souare." − Ibrahima Khalil Diakité
FRANCE – A dream for France Competence
Congratulations to this new team! Members will meet the 12 December in Cruseilles and build their dream. For more information, contact Marlou at email@example.com.
INDIA, AIDS Competence – Game change by CARE and India Competence
Since the CARE EMPHASIS team has moved from an interventionist to a facilitative, strength-based approach with the help of India Competence, a lot has happened in Nepali and Bangla speaking migrant communities. Read about it in Rituu B. Nanda’s blog.
ZAMBIA, AAS Competence – Indunas of the Barotse Royal Establishment made a SALT visit to Malawi
From 27 October to 1 November, Onesmus Mutuku and Alice Wainaina facilitated a SALT visit in Zomba and Chitipa in Malawi with five Indunas of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), one AAS Zambia staff member, three WorldFish Malawi staff members. The visit was hosted by World Fish Malawi.
The BRE is a Legitimate Traditional Authority and has existed for over 400 years in the Barotse Land. The institution plays an important role in community mobilization and nurturing and enhancing local knowledge management in the Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) Research Programme in the Mongu Hub.
The indunas of the BRE have built their Dream and scanned both their internal and external environments to identify their strengths and areas to strengthen as an institution.
The SALT visit to Malawi helped the BRE to learn and appreciate what other Traditional Authorities are doing in response to the issues of Fish and other Natural resources management in both Lake Chilwa Basin and Chitipa Trans boundary Project. The learning’s will feed into the last ‘face to face step’ prioritization and action planning. Of great significance for BRE in their take home, is the crucial Co-Management Concept that brings together, Government, Communities and Traditional Authorities in the sustainable Utilization and Management of Natural Resources. Co-management linked to Livelihood is a fundamental factor in sustaining community action in the Conservation initiatives.
CAMBODIA – Facilitating Community Life Competence for AAS and WASH
Last September, Chanrattana participated in the follow-up support visit for the implementation of an Aquatic Agricultural System (AAS) Community Visioning in two targeted villages in Siem Reap province (Olivia Munoru’s blog). Furthermore, he and his NGO Trailblazer Cambodia Organisation (TCO) are now focusing on the rural communities access to WASH services as part of the strategic initiative to address community development in the beneficiary groups.
Take a look at Chanrattana’s pictures of a SALT visit in the village of Santey, Danrun commune, Sotr Nikum district, Siem Reap province. The Sanitation and Hygiene committees, together with the community facilitators, presented the progress of their action plan developed from community visioning.
BELGIUM – This years’ fourth weekend training
Belcompetence organized this year’s fourth weekend of training from 8 to 10 November.
"Future facilitators, newly started facilitators and experienced facilitators met for three days to talk about the Constellation and BelCompetence, and to go through the whole cycle of life competence: a tonic and enthusiastic team! From very different backgrounds, but driven by the same motivation, we separated delighted and rich of new experiences."
"I was already looking for a less influential approach, a more restrained approach for interventions in communities. I indirectly knew SALT; it is sensible and intuitive. But I lacked a structure, a framework, a cycle to guide the visits. The Community Life Competence process (CLCP) was a revelation! Going from the dream to the structured and realistic action plan emphasizing self-assessment structures the stimulation and enables to feel the progress, which again enhances stimulation and learning. It's not enough to know how to listen − although it is essential − it is important to stimulate each other in a certain direction: a community dreamed and achievable" − Anne Laure participant weekend training
After these three days, facilitators of BelCompetence will accompany the participants in the implementation of their project, in particular the SABIA music project for street children in Brazil and a project in the community of African pastors in Brussels. Four of the ten participants wish to continue to engage in BelCompetence’s activities and two people will facilitate the process in DRC. A participant from the medical NGO Memisa will introduce the approach in the new three-year program in DRC and to the entire Memisa team. Two people will continue to use CLCP and SALT: one in her work at the AIC (International Association of Charities ) and the other with Solidarité Protestante. Four people said they wanted to apply SALT in their daily lives. For a summary of the weekend and reflections developed about facilitation, see the publication of BelCompétence on Ning.
BELGIUM – Solidarity for people seeking asylum
"Et après?!" is a project to support people seeking asylum in Belgium and who reside in the Red Cross centre of Beho, in the Belgian Province of Luxembourg. The project is run by people who have lived the asylum procedure in that centre. A meeting between former and current residents of central Beho took place on Thursday 21 November at Limerlé. The event’s program: exchanges of experiences on the asylum procedure in Belgium, on life after the centre and solidarity between former and actual residents of the centre, musical entertainment and meal of the world. See Fabien Manirakiza’s publication.
AUSTRALIA, Fire Competence – Building networks of relationships to fight bush fire
Matt and Claire Campbell have been developing a learning network across the state of Victoria, Australia. Claire shares the experience of the Dereel community who have participated in facilitated conversation on fire and community to community connections since November 2010. Their relationship has helped them to deal with recovery after a fire in March 2011. Claire’s blog
BURUNDI, SALT – Towards another kind of interaction
Before Eric brought expertise and money to people; now he interacts as a “human being who has some experiences to share and has the will to learn” and he brings a space to interact. When he leaves, the community walks towards its dream with pride. Eric’s triptych: I will teach no more; Better results for less money; The importance of feeling important.
THAILAND, INCLUSION – Taking the time for inclusion and Measuring our way to it
In a first story, Phil Forth shares how the abbot of Hua Rin temple in San Pa Tong District in northern Thailand, Phra Athikarn Tahanawat, tested year by year, the progress of his community on inclusion of people living with HIV/AIDS. Phil’s Story 1
His second story shows how inclusion takes time and multiple approaches. Phil’s Story 2
KENYA, APPRECIATION – Re-energizing community life by letting people appreciate their own strengths with the timeline exercise
“When we ask the right questions and encourage people to talk about their achievement, they become aware of their capacities” and they plan for other activities. Luc Barriere-Constantin’s story of a group of widows in rural Kenya who support orphans in their community.
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Check out Jan Somers’ Nose to Nose project. He invites you to join him to create the UN-United Noses for a better world by taking nose to nose picture and sharing wisdom: “Wisdom does not just sit between the ears; it emerges when connecting with others.” Two pictures are on Ning
Laurel shares about Portraits in Blue, a narrative research project she participates in and which collects the experiences of people with depression, their family and friends and their caregivers, in order to better understand depression and to influence the way we see depression as well as the services offered to overcome it.
Albert Kunihira invites you to support the Positive Women Red Ribbon Project Campaign during 2013 WORLD AIDS DAY
Jean-Louis Lamboray has posted the Power Point of his presentation at the Dakar Conference on decentralisation of health care, 22 Octobre. Comments of Chris Burman and Joao Vembane on the debate which preceded the conference.
An Appreciative Inquiry conference is slated for Jan. 8-10, 2014 in Nepal. Co-organizer R.C. Lamichhane has high hopes that it will help spark peace in Nepal.
The Rockefeller Foundation program Bellagio residents Ricardo Ainslie and Daniel Esser have been studying community resilience in the high violence setting of Juẚrez, Mexico from different perspectives.
In a video available on the Rockefeller Foundation’s site Daniel Esser speaks about his research (excerpt): “The way I look at resilience is that it is not so much a result of public/private partnerships or support by central government. The way I look at resilience under the condition of chronic violence, particularly in cities, in Juarez or elsewhere, is that it depends very much on how local entities support neighbourhoods in their own way of organising, their own ways of getting together, and in their own ways of finding meaningful ways of collective action. So resilience in the way that it emerges from my research emphasises the agency of local people in cities. And the question then for policy maker needs to be: "What can be done to support collective action in the city that is facing extreme levels of violence?” without being afraid of the politics that it may entail. What I am seeing is that particularly when we're thinking about resilience, we're very often very sceptical of the political potential that can be unleashed when we work with local communities. What I'm finding is that that potential is in almost all cases is very positive and worth supporting because it strengthens the social fabric of the cities.”
Rituu B. Nanda recommends the book Resilience Begins with Beliefs, Building on Student Strengths for Success in School written by Sara Truebridge. For more information, see announcements in the ‘Requests’ tab of Ning.
Anne Brouha and Mimi Gerniers shared some words about the intervention of Kibwenge Lucien, a psychologist at the University of Mons, on the theme "Dream your life" at the meeting held on 16 November at the Ecumenical Centre of the Catholic University of Louvain: “Diverse perspectives on the Congolese community in Belgium: youth feel bad about themselves."
Knowledge Fairs on AAS Competence will be held by Sirinate Piyajitpirat in the Philippines from 2 to 6 December, and by Olivia Munoru and Dusit Duangsa in Cambodia from 16 to 20 December 2013.
Sirinate Piyajitpirat will also facilitate an After Action Review on AAS Competence in the Philippines on 7 December.
On 12 December, a group of French facilitators will meet in Cruseilles for the day. "We will build our dream for 'France Competence' and define our small doable actions." For more information, contact Marlou to firstname.lastname@example.org
From 22 to 26 September 2014, RDCCompetence and the Constellation are organising a Global Learning Festival in Democratic Republic of Congo. The festival will bring together communities and facilitators who develop community life competence with CLCP/SALT and other strength-based approaches like Appreciative Inquiry and ABCD to share and exchange. You’ll find a link in Events on Ning’s Home page to confirm your participation.
You can join us at any event, as well as the events of the national facilitation teams. Please contact Marlou de Rouw at derouwm[@]gmail.com.