Integrated Development Model:
The integrated development model is people focused and not program driven. Each family’s needs are different, their talents diverse and their capabilities individual. A permanent uplift out of poverty is a long process. A one meal a day family must first have its basic needs of shelter, food, and access to pure drinking water and sanitary latrines met before it’s possible to begin that journey. Our model of poverty eradication offers an individual and holistic approach that allows each family to choose an economic endeavor to pursue.
Most of the many programs available offer skills training to insure success, micro finance is available to start economic development, an introduction to primary education for their children, basic healthcare, and so much more. Working on an individual family plan that they have created with the help a social worker, they are monitored for success on a bi-weekly basis by a field social worker who lives and works in their village, or nearby. Development plans include being able to provide adequate housing, food, basic healthcare, access to pure drinking water and sanitary latrines, education for their children, clothing appropriate to the climate, steady work and the skills necessary to stay employed, savings and assets that allow financial stability and independence. These goals are met by most partner families within a ten year cycle.
The model promotes democracy in its relationship to the poor by treating everyone equally. This especially includes respecting the rights of women and involving them to the extent they want, and working with local people and institutions in a similar foundational commitment for the development process. Every person’s dignity and all other basic social, political, religious and cultural rights must be fostered for the long term success of the development process. To ensure that the focus always remains on those most in need, each family is assessed every three years to determine their progress. When they reach the criteria for independence they are graduated out of the program and helped to pursue new goals for continued advancement with other NGO’s if they choose.