Our Development Philosophy:
Our development philosophy is based on the saying: “help people to help themselves” BoHU wants to give them the tools, the knowledge and the spirit to get this process started. Enhance self-respect and motivation. Ownership and a taste of positive change and success can change a spirit and a life forever!
Our understanding of ‘Sustainable Development’ is development which focuses on the social, environmental and economic factors play a determining role in tackling poverty. We do such in a way that ensures a development for the existing community that does not affect the ability of future generations to enjoy the same opportunities.
Our strategy focuses on change within the community. We do this in three ways.
- Investing capital in infrastructure and different resources in schools and agricultural project;.
- Promoting small business development through micro-finance/loans;
- Building skills and knowledge of (rural) community members;
The method by which change is brought about is as important as the change itself. If change is inflicted on a person or community then it is likely to fail. The process of change must therefore be both be desired and inclusive. Active participation and ownership of the local communities in all our programs is key.
Our approach is to work in partnership with the community based on equality. Collaborating with different communities, ensuring their full and active participation in the process from beginning to end, aiming at increasing their independence every step of the way. This reduces our role to the one of facilitator, mentor and assessor.
Our role in the partnerships we build with the communities is to bring external knowledge, skills, know-how and funds to the table to complement, enhance and build upon the existing skills, knowledge and intrinsic motivation, passion and dreams of every individual. In this way we help turn their words and aspirations into projects that can help deliver what is needed to assist in the holistic process of change.