If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Community Development, in the context of NHI, relates to the holistic growth and transformation of the whole person and the community (shalom) in partnership with a local Christian School.
Community Development is built on trust, which is enhanced through a school’s long term participation in and commitment to the ETLS program. Trust is essential to effective Community Development.
Community Development is the process of empowering people to improve their physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and environmental situation.
Community Development focuses on the transformation and empowerment of people. Projects and programs are not the goal of development. Any successful transformation involves transforming the community’s worldview.
Community Development should help the community to realise a vision for its families and schools, and to find common goals which are important to motivate the community to work together to achieve the vision.
Community Development seeks the input of those in the wider school community (eg families, church and Board Members) to empower it to participate in identifying its own goals and vision. These cannot be decided by outsiders. A true sense of ownership is important for the success of long term development initiatives. A community needs to accept responsibility for its own transformation.
The desired outcome is to empower, build capacity and strengthen every school community through mentoring and partnerships, so that they can take ownership, initiative and responsibility over their own development.
Guidelines 1. The ETLS is the key focus of NHI’s ministry and the solid ground from which NHI assists school communities. 2. Community Development should be implemented through schools which are seeking to effectively implement the ETLS. 3. Relationships between the school and NHI needs to be built on trust and is to be ongoing and over a lengthy period. 4. If a sponsoring school is partnering with a school in another country, recipient schools should be required to provide the maximum they are able to the sponsored project.