Asset Based Community Development Goes to Jeffrey’s Bay
Subsequent to many e-mails going back and forth we finally settled on the 19th – 21st April for a 3 day ABCD workshop in Jeffery’s Bay that attracted 23 participants representing 6 organisations. The organisers rallied together and were even able to get participants to make a financial contribution to their own refreshments over the 3 day period. Whilst some participants had some idea of what ABCD was all about – many had been exposed for the first time and it was clear that they were excited by the possibilities of working differently in their communities.
Jeffreys Bay is a small town and there are many organisations doing similar work in the same communities so the idea was to also explore opportunities for more collaboration and synergy amongst and between organisations.
Carla Collins, an Ikhala Trust ABCD associate played the anchor role with Bernie assisting in between. Our strategy going forward is to avail ourselves to do more workshops in communities as opposed to hosting them only in Port Elizabeth. In this way we are able to reach many more people.
It never ceases to bring smiles to our faces when we see the ‘lightbulb’ being switched on when a participant ‘gets it’ and their enthusiasm is contagious. Off course for many, ABCD just seems like very hard work, but as this profound quote by Nietzsche says
“He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How”
The Ikhala Trust ABCD footprint is indeed growing and we are hoping to identify at least 1 or 2 people in each community where we have offered training who will be able to keep the ABCD FLAME alive and who would also be our primary contact person in the community!!
Thank you to Michelle and her team of happy helpers who took the risk and we look forward to connecting in the future
Our next 3 day workshop will be held in Tarkastad from the 17-19 May, 2016.
“Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it” – Viktor Frankl