CLCP – HENU’s Approach to a community engagement for an empowered and pro-active community
At HENU we use a unique community approach called Community Life Competence Process (CLCP) which is a strengths based approach that promotes respect and independence of community members in responding to the issues/concerns that affect their wellbeing. CLC operates with the most basic assumption that every community has strengths and the capacity to respond to life’s challenges. Older persons and youth then are not passive recipients of assistance, but rather the main actors in developing innovations aimed at addressing the issues they face.
CLCP builds dialogue between vulnerable community, local authorities and donors to encourage an open policy to problem solving. it enhances community strength because it identifies inherent strengths with individuals and community as a whole to bring solutions for the challenges they face. This approach, in the long run, encourages independence as opposed to dependence in our vulnerable populations. It is a common sight to have example of the success of this process in our older persons groups and the development of sustainable solutions at the grass root level. This, not only, encourages better living but it helps groups to speak from a position and strength to build sustainable solutions for their health and well being.
The benefits of CLCP can be seen in Our Older Persons groups who have developed different sustainable inter-generational small scale projects, and income generating activities like mushroom growing, saving schemes and animal farming among others. These activities ensure that vulnerable households have access to an income, and subsequently an improved standard of living. These will be discussed in detail below.
HENU has recognized the usefulness of CLCP in the building sustainable strategies among the vulnarable communities. HENU has had the privilege of engaging internationally recognized facilicilitators like Dr Jean-Louis Lamboray to train our communities of the application of the CLCP. We are honored to have hosted Dr Lamboray at HENU and proud to be associated with his newest book “What makes us Human? A story of shared dreams”
OLDER PERSONS GROUPS IN THE ENTEBBE SUB-DISTRICT AND THEIR ACTIVITIES STIMULATED BY CLCP
Bugonga older person’s group
Older persons in Bugonga have formed a group that meets every last Thursday of the month to socialize. During these meetings they have a cup of tea together, chat, share and keep themselves busy by making charcoal out of waste. They sell these pieces of charcoal to each other at a subsidized cost. This is a very environmentally friendly way to preserve the environment, dispose of waste and maintain good community sanitation, as well as generate income for older persons. These skills are shared and passed on to the younger generations and ensure sustainability and continued income.
Kabaale older person’s group
Older persons in Kabaale have managed to developed very impressive network where they meet four times a week and have developed a Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO). Here they save funds for their local activities like home visits, supporting friends during ceremonies or loss of relatives as well as the group management. By using CLCP members of Kabaale Older Persons group have managed to use the small space to grow vegitable s to enable them have a health living. To be able to build sustainable sources of income they have also started a catering firm where they provide catering facilities for parties, celebrations, funerals and social events. From this they are able to earn an income to support each other in times of need.
Katabi older persons group
Katabi is another active cell of older persons. This group have formed a group that meets at least twice a week socialize and do some exercises to keep them fit.They have also managed to come up with pig raring projects, craft making and selling and social visits. These projects are viable and can grow providing much needed income but are unable due to lack of financial support.
Kitubulu older persons group
While working with communities on understanding what kind of environment they wanted to live in, and assessing their health outcomes with regard to Non Communicable Diseases, we recently supported the rejuvenation of this group and they have grown from strength to strength. They have achieved a lot and can benefit from continued strength training on CLCP. They have engaged the interest and involvement of younger generations in the activities of older persons and it is with this effort that they will continue to sustain a healthy and active living environment. This group meets every first Monday of the month to socialize and make arts and crafts which they sell. An example of this activity is as below