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Journey of Transformation
Transcript of Journey of Transformation
their own path from poverty to social, physical, and spiritual transformation.
World Vision's hands-on involvement gradually lessens as the community makes its own decisions, introduces solutions, and establishes self-sustaining social structures
Step 2: Come Together
Step 3: Make Decisions
Step 1: Build Trust
Step 4: Design Solutions
Step 5: Take Ownership
World Vision and the community are partners in a journey that takes the community to self-sustainability.
The steps a community takes toward physical transformation typically begin with access to clean water or food security and build on each other to self-sustaining economic development.
Here are the "Five Fingers"
of physical transformation.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Food and Agriculture
Education and Literacy
The living witness of World vision staff, seen through their relationships, actions, and values, demonstrates to the community God's love, grace, and ability to transform their lives.
Spiritual transformation can begin with the quiet witness of ministry done with excellence.
Credible witness is reflected in the character and quality of relationships among our staff and their families.
Our work can prompt community members to ask why we help them. At appropriate times such as these we articulate our faith with imagery that is relevant to those who hear it.
The community sees compassion in the name of Christ, and when a local church is present, God's answers to public prayer. This gives credence to the testimony of believers.
True transformation culminates with shalom, a Hebrew concept referring to people in the right relationship with God, their neighbors, and their environment. When present, a local church becomes a beacon to surrounding communities.
Between World Vision staff and the community.
Across religious and ethnic lines.
Between local leadership and women and children.
This step can last from two months to two years.
Local leaders and groups are encouraged to rally together.
Relationships are strengthened.
Stronger ties become critical to success of community.
Community members assess their needs and priorities.
They develop a multi-year plan of action.
Together they determine how a large portion of the project budget is allocated.
World Vision encourages leaders to involve women and youth in the process.
The community designs practical steps to self-sustainability.
World Vision provides oversight and assistance as needed.
Community experiences ownership.
They create durable community structures such as a Water Community, Food Co-ops, a Parent Teacher Association and Community Banks.
These structures sustain the community for years to come without outside help.
World Vision serves communities by drilling new wells, protecting existing water sources and piping from safe springs.
Water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and nourishing crops
Work includes things like parental and natal care, children's vaccinations and treatment, HIV and AIDS awareness and counseling and traing for health workers.
Projects include things like seeds and tools, and training in agriculture and animal husbandry, enable a community to increase its production of meats, vegetables, and grains for healthy diets.
Improved storage capabilities enable families to survive periods of drought.
Educating children and families is critical for the future of a community.
World Vision helps communities build its own schools and provide its own teachers.
Microenterprise programs lend capital to the entrepreneurial poor, who then repay their loans to a revolving loan fund.
Microloans, along with small business training and other services, help sustain the community long after World Vision has left.