A Strong Foundation for Development

Doko Village, Côte d'Ivoire

 

Teti, our Transformational Community Development (TCD) worker in Cote D’Ivoire, spent a lot of time in the last few months in our newest villages, Attakassikro and Effaho, doing TCD vision casting, setting up committees, and mobilizing the locals towards community participation and ownership of proposed projects. His efforts in this direction are beginning to bear fruit, as the year began with locals participating in constructing buildings for a school and women’s empowerment centers in both villages.

 

The people of Effaho are particularly motivated, as Teti spent days with them recently. He mobilized them to clear the parcel of land measuring 800 square meters (about 2,600 square feet), which the village donated for TCD projects. Villagers also prepared it for foundation laying. Several young men in the village turned out with cutlasses, machetes, and a jigsaw to do the work. Teti and the members of the Education and Income Generation Committees drew up budgets for the two proposed buildings--the primary school and women’s center, respectively--with an understanding and agreement that the village will contribute a percentage of the estimated cost.

 

Both villages have made an urgent plea for financial assistance for about 250,000 CFA (nearly $430) to purchase a brick-molding machine they will use to make bricks known as “geo-beton” in Cote D’Ivoire. In their estimation, purchasing the machine will make the building construction work easier and faster and also makes more economic sense than opting for renting the machine at 4000 CFA (nearly $7) per day for the duration of the project.

 

The TCD team is indeed very thrilled that our newest Ivorian villages are getting it right, as they set out on the path to development.

 

Martins
GHNI Regional Field Leader