One of our objectives this year is to improve our capacity to implement the Food Security Program among the people we serve here in West Pokot. We are already realizing this objective come to pass most specifically in the ability of our staff to utilize participatory community development practices that is one of the keys to ensuring that sustainable development occurs in the communities where we serve. Our staff did not have the technical training needed to be able to utilize these participatory practices in their work with the Self Help Groups in the field; hence with funding support from Covenant World Relief and Food Resource Bank we were able to facilitate 7 of our staff to undertake a 5 day training on Integrated Participatory Rural Appraisal, Conflict Management and Participatory Impact Monitoring and had the tailoring students in our Income Security Program participate in the training as community actors. Please refer to this link for a more detailed report of the staff training
After undergoing this PRA training some of our staff had the following to say about this experience:
“I have attended various trainings but this one has been one of its own kind. My degree course mostly involved theories but this one, is very practical. I saw our tailoring students happily participating in some of the PRA illustrations. They represented the community and from their response I project that the community we are going to serve will as well embrace the participatory approach.’JacklineChemutai, programs coordinator.
“This is the training that Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika and other development agencies need. If only we would have had this training since the inception of our projects, we would have impacted the community in a much greater way. Nevertheless, it’s not too late. I liked the fact that PRA ensures sustainable development and community involvement at all levels-Community learn by DOING and not by being TOLD.” Ruth Chebet, M and E coordinator