Community Development

THE KAKISSY PARTNERSHIP MODEL

sierraleoneCommunity development is a structured intervention that gives communities greater control over the conditions that affect their lives.  The key to a successful community development program is the unwavering belief that communities do not receive lasting help unless they themselves identify their needs as well as the solutions. World Hope Canada is strongly committed to this principle.

World Hope Canada, through Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa and First Wesleyan Church in Fredericton, is partnering with the amalgamated villages of Kakissy, Kathotoro and Kawula collectively known as Kakissy, on a series of humanitarian interventions that has included the construction of a traditional birthing hut to reduce maternal and infant mortality as well as the reconstruction of a local school. As well, we have a seed loan program to ensure that all families have the seed they need to harvest the best possible crop. In 2011, a storehouse was constructed to store the grains from the harvest so that when it came time to plant again, there would be seeds available.

These projects are accomplished through partnerships with groups or churches who are able to commit to a village in Sierra Leone for a 3-5 year period. During this time, in consultation with the village elders and a development committee, development projects are undertaken that assist the people to become more self-sufficient.

By taking the time to implement some basic community infrastructure such as wells, latrines, a school, structures needed for medical purposes, Kakissy will be able to mitigate future problems such as illness and disease due to a lack of access to clean water and sanitary health facilities. As well, through greater access to education, there is a brighter, more hopeful future for the youth.

By promoting continuing education and self-sufficiency, people will have much more success in building the capacity of their community. Economic development initiatives will help the village to generate income which will help it to be less dependent on outside help in the future. Community development is about more than just providing resources; it is also a chance for people to develop skills and reclaim their dignity.

World Hope Canada Executive Director, Stephanie Gilmer, shown here meeting with the village chief and elders in Kakissy, Sierra Leone.

World Hope Canada Executive Director, Stephanie Gilmer, shown here meeting with the village chief and elders in Kakissy, Sierra Leone.

Engaging with the community to discover their challenges and then actively listening to their proposed solutions increases the long term impact of any community development work that is undertaken.

Engaging with the community to discover their challenges and then actively listening to their proposed solutions increases the long term impact of any community development work that is undertaken.