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Church & Community Mobilsation Process

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION PROCESS (CCMP)/PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION PROCESS (PEP).

The main goal of CCMP/PEP is “Empowering people to holistically transform their situation using God given locally available resources”.

CCMP/PEP involves mobilizing and training churches and communities to design, plan, implement, and evaluate their development process. This is majorly done through a number of Bible studies that helps the church to engage with immediate communities in implementing holistic ministry. Churches and communities are trained to “discover” who they are, know their potential, and envision their destiny. Using the power of visioning, they then determine how to achieve that destiny. (This is a 2 and half years process in one community).

The CCMP/PEP is divided in two Sections or phases. Section 1 focuses on mobilizing the church while section II summarizes stages of mobilization for the church and community.

At church level – trainings from envisioning of the top church leaders up to relationship building.

At community level – trainings from community description up to decision making.


Key intervention results:

We have mobilized and trained 25 churches since 2009, with impact on ground and many peoples’ lives have been changed for better.

Busumbu in Manafwa District: A group of 10 women lobbied for sewing machines and were trained on how to make reusable sanitary towels and bags for girls aged 12 above from different primary schools within the community. This initiative has stabilized the attendance of the girls in all the four (4) primary schools that have benefited from it.

We happened to interview one girl who shared with us how she attends school regularly because she has the sanitary towels that are cheap to maintain and which was not a case before when she could miss lessons! She also shared that the bag does not only carry the towels but books too and she said that she not ashamed to carry it even if the boys make fun of her bag!

In Bunamwani community, the church members have worked so hard through fundraising, a strategy that has enabled them to buy the 2 doors and some windows that have been fixed.

The youth do in-pot different fruit species like improved mangoes and trees that they sell on nursery beds which are sold in town areas. They do the work from home but take the products for market in town, this has helped them to be self-employed and have improved their home welfare.

The women in Bunamwani community do meet every Sunday evening for saving and loans scheme which has enabled many women have peace in their homes as they do not only sit down because they are not employed to wait for the husbands support the home welfare but they also contribute to it by borrowing loans that helps them boost their home welfare. 

In addition to the above, the women also meet every Wednesday for fellowship in which they do praise and worship, bible studies, prayers and encouraging each other through testimonies. This has kept their relationship stronger and valuable as women in the community.

One of the leaders, Sylivia Wopata, when asked about how food security is ensured among the people she leads, had this to say, “Families in Bunamwani do participate in agriculture  ever since we went through PEP and Livelihoods training, and this culture has enabled us to practice food security in our homes. The information gathering and Analysis tables helped us to understand how much land we have, how much we cultivate, consume as families, and what to sell for income and home welfare. We also learnt how much to store/reserve for dry seasons. This method has kept families together and healthy and children do not move to neighbors in search for food”.

One member of the Information Gathering Team, Vincent,  has planted 21 mango and 2 avocado trees. During harvest season his wife sells each at Ushs1000. These fruits have improved their economic welfare in the family and they are able to buy basic needs, pay the children’s fees and bills. His wife too runs water selling project being a family income generating activity. A Jeri can of water is sold at Ushs 100 each and on daily basis she sells 30 jeri cans and earns what is enough to even buy sugar for the family.In addition to the above, there are some customers who don’t only buy the fruits but go ahead and buy the seedlings each at Ushs 5,000 to plant in their gardens.  Vincent is grateful for this knowledge which has enabled him come out of poverty.  

There is a group of women who make vegetable nursery beds in their homes and thereafter grow the vegetables in the gardens of Nakhupa health center. In return they offer free vegetables to the care takers at the Centre but sell to the outsiders and workers around. This idea has made these women very special people in the community because of their acts of love and kindness.

There is also a group of 15 men within the PEP group whereby each man contributes Ushs 5,000 per week, which is brought in a pool (putting resources together) and they buy each a pig to start with.  Any balance on monies collected and after purchase of a pig is given to the member to use it for any other home development. Here members have committed themselves to conduct regular visits to monitor progress and to ensure that their money is not wasted.

In the same PEP group, 20 members (both men and women) do “merry go round” and they contribute each Ushs.10,000 monthly for a member until all receive. This act has kept the members together.

 
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