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The ICC – VIDP Project inspires and equips the local leaders and communities (including local church leaders and members) with a vision for having a better quality of village livelihood by empowering the communities wholistically using their own resources.
VIDP = Village Integrated Development Project
What need is ICC – VIDP Project meeting?
ICC-VIDP will achieve its purpose by stressing the empowering of the local communities and less financial/physical support. Through this project the local leaders and communities will be mature and more independent. They will be able to help themselves using what they have in their villages. It will reduce dependency on resources from out side their villages.
In what ways does ICC – VIDP Project work?
ICC – VIDP will apply a 'togetherness' program called UMOJA (Swahili language) to the community. UMOJA helps the local leaders (incl. church leaders) and their community to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are most vulnerable and poor in their communities (incl. the whole communities). It is a process that brings hope, self-esteem and transformation to churches and communities, and is based on over twenty years of experience of working with local organizations/churches and their communities throughout Africa and Asia.
The approach of UMOJA is to build on individuals' and communities' own abilities and resources, enabling people to discover for themselves their potential to bring about change. Far too often, development projects are dependent on injections of outside aid and often leave individuals and communities worse off after aid is finished. UMOJA seeks to do the opposite: inspiring and equipping local people with a vision for determining their own future with their own resources.
Some benefits of this approach to the community are self-reliance, self-esteem, sense of purpose, sense of hope and well being, sustainable change and improved community relationships.
There are four key stages of Umoja :
1. Envisioning and equipping the church
The Umoja process is about working with the church leaders and members to help them understand their biblical responsibility to serve their local communities. The process will help to build the confidence of the church members and help them identify their strengths and resources so that they can believe that change is possible.
2. Envisioning the community
The church, once envisioned, works to bring the community together to discuss the needs and resources of the community, to gather and analyse information, and to decide what needs to change. .
3. Dreaming Dreams and Planning for Action
Once everyone is agreed on what needs to change, the church and community work together in developing a vision for the future and planning how they can bring about this change, using their own resources. .
4. Taking action
Once the community start taking action, all sorts of advice is provided in helping to ensure that the plans are carried out and positive change happens. .
This is one cycle of Umoja process, and it will be repeated. As the community gains confidence and puts in place structures to manage different projects, they can then repeat the cycles of Umoja a number of times until it becomes part of community life.
What are the hopes of ICC – VIDP Project?
ICC – VIDP Project hopes that the communities have self-reliance, self-esteem, sense of purpose, sense of hope and well being, sustainable change and improved community relationships. The communities gain confidence and put in place structure to manage different projects, they can then repeat the cycles of Umoja a number of times until it becomes part of community life. Finally the communities have a better quality of village livelihood using their own resources. As a result of this process is reducing urbanization because the villagers will love to live in their own villages rather than migrating to the urban areas.
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