Resilience Building Project:
As highlighted above, Tearfund Germany has a significant experience in the mobilization of participatory community development that emphasizes local ownership of projects and their sustainability. The training, formation, empowering, and partnering of and with CBOs (Community based organizations) in the villages where the program will operate is central to our activities. The goal of our programs is to increase the resilience of households and communities across Salahley and Sabawanaag Districts to withstand shocks, stresses and uncertainty caused by drought, climate change and other social and economic challenges. This is being achieved through building the capacity of the community, especially women, to improve their productivity, diversify their livelihood options and work effectively with government structures to mitigate the impact of future shocks on the community.
The current program supports our long-term objective through a variety of initiatives:
- Development and strengthening of Community Risk Management Plans which community members develop together and use to plan future interventions and programming. This participatory approach encourages community ownership because they are leading the development and their plans for the future.
- Watershed management to slow water runoff and increase pasture growth.
- Rangeland management to promote conservation and community reserves which strengthens livelihoods through rangeland restoration and encourages a decrease in heard sizes through the successful sale of healthy livestock.
- Promotion and training of growing and storing fodder reserves for the dry season to supplement limited pasture and sustain herds until the next rains.