Our approach to Sustainable Community Development Work at The Small World consists of working within the community, involving local people as the actors of change for solving local problems, using locally available resources as much as possible to help support the local economy, and ensuring local participation at all levels.
Our approach to community development at The Small World consists of working within the community, involving local people as the actors of change for solving local problems, using locally available resources as much as possible to help support the local economy, and ensuring local participation at all levels.
The Small World’s community development work focuses on providing basic infrastructure, e.g., safe drinking water, school construction, community building construction, sanitation etc… The need for infrastructure development that was already a huge undertaking became much more devastating and ruinous after the earthquakes of April and May 2015.
We strongly believe that communities know what is best regarding their needs; our mission is to empower communities to realize they are capable of creating lasting solutions using their own skills and abilities. The Small World is simply a facilitator for the communities who are the real change makers.
In this way, we create active community participation through Project Identification, Resource Analysis, and Project Implementation. Most importantly, when we finish a project, the community completely owns the project and, due to this, it is assured to be sustainable.
At The Small World, we believe in creating opportunities, taking responsibility, and giving back to the community. All of our projects are community owned, with locals participating actively in both the decision-making processes and the implementation of the project. Using this model has ensured a feeling of ownership by the community and the continuity of the project’s future.
The successful completion of a community project includes, in addition to its material aspect, the employable skills, experience, self-reliance, pride, and commitment to maintaining the project that are gained by local members for long-term sustainability. Since these small communities are generally “off the radar” for government support, communities learn how to organize and successfully gain aid from other organizations.
We use the following model to create self-sustaining projects in communities that have “fallen off the radar” of governmental assistance and other aid organizations.
Our donors and volunteers, for whom we are very grateful, contribute greatly to the community projects, and we highly encourage personal associations among them and community members. We are pleased that, so far, more than 80% of our donors have visited the projects in person, meeting directly with their beneficiaries, sharing stories, personal experiences, and often forming long-lasting friendships. We also invite volunteers to support the project as true global citizens, sharing their knowledge, skills, and providing a cultural exchange that creates a lifelong relationship of friendship and understanding.
Our Accomplishments in the Communities of Solukhumbu since 2006 Include: