All I Knew About Community Development Crashed.

Damilola Fasoranti
Posted July 26, 2018 from Nigeria
Start with gifts, instead of needs

I have been working mostly with grassroots communities for the past 5 years.

There is a fascinating experience that I will like to share with you what I have seen.

I have realized that dumping money and all the best gadgets and wisdom on people doesn't work.

I have realized that looking for what is lacking and being sad about what doesn't work leads to defeat.

I have realized that the resources that is needed to bring communities from the point they are to the point that they want to be is right inside those communities.

I have realized that theoretical knowledge will fail if you don't mix it with street-smart wisdom.

I have realized that community development isn't for the faint-hearted.

I have realized that you don't need all the grants in the world or the funding in the universe to make huge change happen.

I have realized that when you can change mindsets first, almost every other thing that you want to change will easy obey.

I have realized that the more you appreciate and celebrate the beauty, talent, skills, ingenuity and people living where you intend to work, the better your outcomes.

I have realized that if you do community development or set up initiatives just to take pictures, post online and get comments, you will get frustrated and tired very soon.

I have realized that you need to have a genuine heartfelt love for people to work with people of different language, culture, beliefs, taste, style, life and experience.

I have realized that community development teaches you everything you never imagined and it brings unexpected outcomes.

I have realized that flexibility and the ability to listen to even unspoken words will help you scale through and create the possibility that you never imagined.

Keep inspiring possibilities, don't stop.

The world has been waiting for you. Now is the time to learn, grow, build, inspire and sparkle. #YouAreLimitless

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Dear Damilola,
It is so true that we nees to change peoplea mindsets and not just dump things on them. And it is only when you have the heart of the people that you are able to feel what they feel. We must always be compassionate about the people we live with in our communities.
Thank you for sharing and stay blessed.

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

I agree with you, Anita.

We need to have the heart of people to feel what they feel.

Thank you for your comment. Regards.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Your welcome.
Stay blessed

jlanghus
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Well said, Damilola. It sounds like you have learned a lot. What do you enjoy most about your work?

Thanks for sharing, and have a great day!

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Thank you for your comment, Jlanghus.

What I enjoy the most is the deep connection with the people and seeing possibilities emerge from the 'unlikely' places and people.

Thank you for your comment and question :)

jlanghus
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

You're welcome:)

Yes. That makes sense. Thanks for sharing:)

Have a good one!

Beth Lacey
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

This is so important. Without the care for people you describe, everything else is just tactics. Good luck, Beth

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Yes, Beth.

That's correct. Thank you for your comment. Regards.

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

My dear
This is very enriching. I have picked a lot because I was thinking same way you were and now my mindset has changed

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

I am so pleased to hear from you Tacenta and I am glad that you were able to glean something useful from this post.

Thank you and hearty cheers.

Tarke Edith
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Hello Damilola thanks a lot for realizing all this social ills in you community keep up brother.

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Thank you, Edith, for your comment. I appreciate it.

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Hi Damilola,

There is so much wisdom tucked into your story here. Clearly you are speaking from experience learned in hard but good community work. It is encouraging to meet you here and know that you are there, a committed community developer.

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Thank you so much Tamarack, your name reminds me of Tamarack Institute in Ontario that develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community issues across Canada and beyond.

I appreciate your comment. Hearty Cheers.

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Hi again Damilola,
I am impressed the you are aware of a community organization so far from where you are! And yes the names are linked: Tamarack is the name of a tree here, known to be unique, extra strong and useful. Thanks for being in touch.
All the best with your work,
Tam

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Brilliant! this is really interesting and thank you. Tamarack for sharing the insight into your name. I have learned something new today - this made my day. Cheers.

Sharon Makunura
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Dear Damilola,

I think these are valuable lessons to share. Community development is more than a career, its a calling.

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Sharon, I completely agree with. Community building and making possibilities to emerge is more than a career, it is a calling and lifelong commitment. Thank you for your comment.

Phionah Musumba
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

True.
The solution always lies with the community on the ground.

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Thank you Phionah for confirming this. Hearty Cheers :)

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Hello, Damilola,

Thank you for sharing the lessons you learn in the field. I am a Community Development advocate, too. There are so much to learn from the grassroots that we can share to the world.

Kudos to you, an unsung hero.

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Hi Karen,

I am excited to know that you are also a community development advocate I agree with you that there is a lot of wisdom and wealth at the grassroots.

Keep inspiring. Regards.

Bim Adegbite
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Check, check, & check....all so so true. We learn while we serve and those we serve should be at the heart of it and be involved in the process. Thanks for sharing.

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Thank you for your comment. I completely agree with you, Bim. Regards.

kyla
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Hi Damilola, you have clearly learnt a lot about how to create effective, positive change through your experiences. Thank you for sharing your valuable insights and thank you for your genuine passion for people and community development, it shines through and your approach is inspiring.

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Hello Kyla,

I appreciate your words and encouragement.

Hearty Cheers :)

Marietta
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 06, 2018

interesting

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Thank you, Marietta. Regards.

Ndimofor Aretas
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

Hello Damilola,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I too have a little experience with community projects and when I started realizing some of the points you have listed, I thought surely this happens only in my community. Your experience is simply telling me that I should expect more and I should care more about the impact and the people I am working with...

After all... people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

I look forward to connecting with you...
Cheers.

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Awesome, Aretas.

Yes, people want to know that you care before they go out to, even through their vulnerabilities and strengths grow.

Let's keep making possibilities to emerge.

Hearty Cheers,
Fash.

Urmila Chanam
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Dear Damilola,

Every word that you have said holds true and every thought you have shared is so valuable. I have been working on community development since 2007 and I can say that it has changed me as a person and changed my outlook to life. I am more humble, less materialistic, enjoy connecting to people rather than looking at entertainments like TV, enjoy learning from people rather than libraries and the most important of all is believing I can help many people and also living with an understanding that many people can help me. Thank you for writing this story and inspiring us to keep walking.

Much love from India
Urmila Chanam
urmila.chanam@gmail.com