Monday, September 01, 2014

ABCD Workshop Promotes New Vision for Ugandan Church

Apac, Uganda—Following the success of its microloan program for the extremely impoverished in Apac, Uganda, Bright Hope implemented the Asset Based Community Driven Development program, or ABCD workshop, on June 11 and 12, 2014.  The ABCD workshop is designed to further a community’s development by helping it discover its strengths, skills, and passions.  The ultimate hope for ABCD workshops is that each community, as well as each individual who participates, will move from a sense of deprivation and helplessness to an understanding that everyone has something to provide for the betterment of the community.

When facing extreme poverty year after year, it is easy for a person to believe that anything he or she can give is not substantial enough to actually make a difference in the broader community.  However, the ABCD workshop teaches participants how to change their perspectives on what they are able to give and do.  By emphasizing that every gift is valuable, no matter how big or small, Bright Hope teaches communities how to use what they already have to achieve their goals. 

One participant clearly understood the value of being a part of a community, saying, “I have learned how to use the small things to make something large.  I also see that it is good to stay in a group.”  Another realized that he actually does have something to contribute, with that revelation leading to a change in his view of self: “God has enlarged my vision.  This has made me see that I do not have to despise myself.”

Through the ABCD workshop, Apac and several surrounding communities learned that while they might have very little individually, together they have much and are able to make positive and enduring changes in their communities when they combine their talents.