Communities can have different relationships with different organizations. In some cases, organizations can be made up of members of a community. An example would be the baladiya council, or parents who make up an organization to support their children’s school. In other cases, organizations can come in from outside a community with a desire to work there. An example would be an NGO that comes to work in a community to provide health or educational services.
Fadia from the Jordan Valley Solidarity House talks about her experiences working with Dalia Association, a Palestinian organization, and their role in supporting the women in their community.
But an organization can also form a community among its members. That feeling of community that people have working together in an organization can be an important part of what keeps people in the organization and makes the organization productive. Within organizations, individuals can create safe spaces within the larger community to discuss issues specific to them that may not be shared with the rest.
Loay from Bayt Byout talks about how a community is formed within an organization and the dynamics between the people involved.
After watching the videos on how Fadya worked with Dalia Association to start making a living wage and how Loay described the work towards forming an organization from a group, please answer the following in your e-Portfolio:
- Why do you think it is important to have a relationship between an organization and the community it is working with? What are the benefits to having this relationship?
- With your own initiative and project, how would you establish and maintain this link and relationship to the community beyond that of your working group?
- Who would be the main community actors you would reach out to?
- How would you ensure that your initiative is on the same terms and understanding as that of the community it is part of?