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Eastern Highlands community create “self help” group, by James Kila

KAFUKU community in the Eastern Highlands province have mobilized to organied a self-reliance group to assist develop the lifestyle of their community.

The villagers pointed out that promises after promises from so called politicians and businessmen have raised their the people’s hopes and dreams over the years, many with sleepless nights awaiting when those promises are going to be fulfilled.

They have now realized that they have been used and conned beyond their limit. Therefore, they have now decided to take a different approach based on a bottom-up methodology.

The community have been assessing and developing their own community profile for the last two years – its aims, mission statement, objectives and motto.

A recent summit held at Gahukuuha village is the result of the community’s vision, aspiration and the need to have a balance, healthier and happier outlook of village life.

“Community problems are the community owned, and as such the community develoed their own strategies to re-address issues of community development,” Community spokesman Joe Samara said.

The Kafuku community view community-based micro-economic project as their priority.

“As you can see around you, we are surrounded by coffee trees. With limited knowledge and relying on traditional methods passed down by our fathers these has not full complimented our needs,” Mr Samara said.

“With very little education and lack of knowledge in coffee marketing,” he said.

Human resource development is a matter of great concern to communities across the world, especially in the third world countries. It is a most important exercise today both by the government and non-government organization and social agencies.

It is also recommended that Gahuku community take a more dynamic and innovative approach to the concept by establishing an association of this nature. Effective programs of intervention involved all parties of the community is a must. Partnership that is responsive to the various needs expressed by a target groups.

The attitude shift from the dependence model which assumes that government will “SOLVE” to a pro-active model where communities assume responsibilities for local issues can be achieved. Existing structure such as local level government (LLG) and community organization can mobilize to achieve this goal. All it requires is strategic planning.

The mission of the Gahuku Human Development Foundation (GHDF) is to improve the quality of life in the village setting.
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The aims are to re-structure community belief system by improving individuals attitudes through altering situation and organize environment.

The objectives of GHDF are as follows:

1. Develop effective partnership between government, NGO, social agencies, Church groups, voluntary organization donors within the country and abroad;

2. Promote church and welfare educational programs, such as adult literacy, basic skills, domestic skills, life skills and spiritual skills;
3. promote youth program and activities of all ages to be better citizens;

4. Encourage positive approaches to issues involving participation in commercial arena, community based micro-economic projects;

5. Enhanced innovative and imaginative approach to social factors that is conducive to crime, such as drug and alcohol abuse and also reduce consequences of crime for individuals, household and communities;

6. Forster all technical trade skills in the village level on targeted groups by seeking funding assistance to further their skills;

7. Participate in rehabilitation exercise involving youths with the assistance of government, NGO, eg CIS, Probation etc

8. Promote health programs to improve health conditions

9. Encourage tourism and create dialogue with existing network; and

10. Revitalize traditional cultural and structure through cultural activities and awareness program.

The motto of the GHDF is “Healthy Mind Health Environment”

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