Community-driven change: Part 1

by Ayesha Khan

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

Ever had someone try to tell you to change?  Doesn’t work too well, does it?  Unless you decide that you need to change yourself.

Trying to bring about change in the world is similar to changing yourself. The only way change will be lasting is if individuals or communities identify the change as a necessity within themselves. This concept is what we refer to as community driven or a bottom-up approach.

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An interview with cofounder Ayesha Khan

 

“There are a lot of people in low- and middle-income countries that don’t have a job, and most low- and middle-income countries don’t have emergency services. Why not provide training to people in the community to take care of basic emergencies, thereby providing them jobs providing basic emergency services?”

Read the full interview (by Satellite Magazine) here.

Community-driven change: Part 2

by Ayesha Khan

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”John Lennon

Perceptions can be faulty. We should try to base the work we do on data and evidence, not just what we see as a need.

It can be difficult to assess what is most needed when you set out to work in a low and middle income country (LMIC). Need is subjective and our perception is colored by our own biases. Too often, we let perception influence the direction we take with our projects.

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