Community-based initiatives rely on the community for the sustainability and viability of the initiatives. Some difficulties may be present for initiatives to achieve stability and support from within the larger community as Riham from Beit Sahoor explains, however, as Lina from Dalia Association demonstrates, for an initiative to be successful it has to take into account the many dimensions of the community that it works in.
Initiatives may face internal challenges that pose risk to the work being done. In these situations, as Lina describes, it is best to step back and evaluate the circumstances, challenges, and context the community is facing.
In your e-Portfolio, answer the following:
- What aspect of your initiative might not receive community support? Why is that?
- Should you work on altering your initiative or is this done purposefully to tackle something that needs change in the community?
- Lina highlighted four dimensions of Dalia’s work: local economy, working with the environment, social relationships, and preserving culture. How do these four dimensions matter in your communities? What would you need and what do you already have if you wanted to work on these dimensions? How does this planning help you think about challenges to working in your community?