Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Creating Positive Change (Part 3) Unintended Impact

An example of Unintended Impact (part 3) David Kashakele

Part 3 - Unintended Impact
David was sponsored for secondary school by ZMF-C some years ago. I've spoken about him before....I can't help it. He is a humble man who has made good choices since he was a teenager. He is frequently on my mind, and in my prayers. He didn't qualify academically for college, but ....he has always had a passion to be a preacher and with much determination and persistence he graduated from SA Bible school recently. And now...he's the Bible teacher at Butale, a community close to Kalomo, where ZMF-C has contributed some funds. 

His Bible school training is unique! It's holistic approach prepares Bible teachers for community development. While David and I didn't have enough time to share together regarding his development material, it was evident that he was already "practicing" some of what he learned. He was making relationship with individual families within the community and "counselling" on a variety of topics such as budgeting and working together in community. 

There is much potential in David. And it wasn't imagined that David would come "full-circle" returning to ZMF-C in the capacity of Butale school Bible teacher.  This was an unintended impact. 

Sometimes unintended impact can be not so positive. ....As Tearfund notes: "For example, we may have held a community meeting where people have become angry. This may have stirred up conflict within the community. We should monitor and evaluate our project carefully for unintended impacts so that we can learn important lessons for the future. We can also celebrate and learn from unexpected positive impacts. (as with the David example!). 

So...in all things we can learn and grow....whether positive or negative. We are grateful for organizations such as Tearfund who are eager to serve in the capacity of further equipping Christian relief and development organizations. 

Look them up: Tearfund 

Creating Positive Change (part 2)

Mandela is quoted much.....what do you think of his wisdom? 
Education is important - for the child, the adult and the community. 

Tearfund goes on to say:

Plan well: Once we know what needs to be changed, it can be tempting to rush ahead and start work. HOWEVER, we need to take TIME to think carefully about HOW exactly to bring about that change. Change can be messy and complicated, and good planning means we are less likely to experience fewer problems....especially in the long run. 

We need to consider who will be affected, who could influence it. And we need to consider any risks that the project may involve and how to minimize those. 

Monitoring and Evaluating our work: It is VITAL to m & e.  Monitoring and evaluation planning needs to start during the design stage of the project. 

Monitoring is the ongoing process of gathering information throughout a project. It allows us to identify any problems early on, providing us with an opportunity to make any changes required. It also shows us how much progress we are making towards our goals. It answers the question, "How well are we doing?"

Evaluation is carried out at the end of project or program, but sometimes also mid-way. This is how we analyze the changes our work has created and how likely they are to last. Evaluation answers the question, "What difference have we made?"

We will never get it perfectly right! But by reflecting on our actions, we can celebrate and build on what has worked well and learn from what has gone less well. This allows us, and others to learn from our experience. 

Which brings me to.... encouraging you to watch this Ted Talk: When an NGO fails. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meeting with the parents at Kalomo Secondary School

Each term, Mrs. Mbumwae meets with all the parents to educate the parents on their role in helping their "children". Children are congratulated or "encouraged" as their last terms' academic report results are announced. One proud village mama was given a loud clap "offering" following the announcement of 
her son's extremely high results!   

Parents are encouraged to know how their son/daughter/niece, nephew/dependent is doing in school. They are encouraged to come a few times to the school to meet the teacher, bring a treat for them, say some words of appreciation.   

All of these steps are adding up to more informed and involved parents and better academic results for the kids! 

Augustine and granny

Augustine and Granny! 

Augustine is almost finished Secondary School! His granny is his support. She ensures she's at the "parents meeting" as organized by the sponsorship manager, Mrs. Mbumwae. She is dedicated - and with her love and commitment to her grandson, she should be well cared for in the next few years! Praise God, for her and for her vision to see her grandson through these years. Praise God for a sponsor to help this family. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Josephine becoming healthier and learning to sew

A few years ago we looked after Josephine and Geoffrey's "baby" Abraham as Josephine was VERY ill and Geoffrey was attempting to care for her and the other children - as well as do "piece work". Abraham was EVERYONE's favorite baby - he had the best smile - that is after her "got over" being away from his family. (It was VERY hard for Abraham to be away from his family) but once the new meds starting working for Josephine, Abraham was back home - even though Josephine still had quite a long way to go. 

Today....Josephine has a sewing machine, has learned to do some basic "tailoring" and she is SO healthy. And Abraham....he's a big boy, now is pre-school. He's so smart!! 

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