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Being a Learner 0

Being a Learner

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July 5, 2015 Over the years I (Cynthia) have met many types of people working in the non profit world. Every person posseses some sort of impressive quality ranging from enthusiastic to patient to insightful, but the one quality I believe brings success to a project is the ability to be a learner which isn’t as easy as it sounds. People working cross-culturally realize being a learner is necessary in order to get to know the culture and community we are working with, but many times I and others have faked it: nods, smiles, and thoughtful expressions to convey we are listening when in reality we are busy entertaining our own opinions. While experience and training are necessary, they can also hinder a person in the non profit world from being a learner because the tendency is to compare past expriences, theories, and case studies to the current situation we find ourselves in. We begin to analyze and compare past situations, forgetting that each situation is unique and that we need to be cautious to not jump to conclusions. Being a learner takes time. A learner will view conversations around a table drinking the local beverage as more valuable than making a premature plan. A learner will not view...

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Evaluating Community Problems 0

Evaluating Community Problems

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June 21, 2015 Pat is settled into Cuajachillo and is progressively learning valuable information about how they operate and what is important to them. They have identified that their main concerns are water and sanitation (specifically latrines). The image attached is one of the exercises we use called the Problem Tree which identifies areas of concern in the community. After problems are brought up, the cause of each problem is identified and listed in the root area. This is a simple way to learn about and discuss community problems and obstacles they are encountering. Later the community decides which area is of most concern to them and then decides whether or not they want to resolve the issue. In this case, the community confirmed their commitment to improving sanitation conditions. Pat will continue to facilitate community meetings. Our focus at this point is to provide education on sanitation/hygiene issues so the community is well aware of problems they are facing and long term solutions that are feasible to use. It is important that the community is well informed so they will be able to make make solid decisions that will affect them short and long term. We are eager to see further community...

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First Day In Nicaragua 0

First Day In Nicaragua

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June 1, 2015 This morning, Pat arrived in Nicaragua and is buying necessities before heading to the community. He will be living with a host family for two months. His primary objective is to work with the community to identify committee members to lead the project and then train the committee so they will be equipped to lead. The goal is to improve the communities’ sanitation/hygiene conditions by building a latrine; however, if we do not equip and empower the community to lead this project, the eco-latrine’s potential will not be maximized. Our goal isn’t to merely improve sanitation & hygiene conditions for a couple of years, but to permanently improve the communities’ conditions and this cannot happen without community ownership. We would love to see an eco-latrine built soon, but we will not rush through the crucial phase of creating community ownership by empowering leadership. So, we will not be boasting that we built 50 latrines in a month. Instead, we will be communicating the solid foundation that is being built to support sustainable growth. We are thrilled about this summer and we look forward to sharing updates!...

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Nicaragua 0

Nicaragua

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Walu is committed to working with communities to help address the sanitation crisis.  We have a committed, highly capable team of volunteers with the energy and passion to make good on our commitments to the community. This summer we will send a volunteer to Nicaragua to begin training a community so they can fulfill their desire to have eco...

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