Letters

NGO Management

Networking

I have been receiving your journal for a year; thank you for including me on your mailing list.

I worked for Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years, then I did another ten years with Medical Ambassadors. For the last nine years, I have had my own ministry. I do not have links with any group; I train staff in rural areas in basic nursing skills, principles of natural medicine, psychotherapy. If I can be of any help to any of the groups in your network, I would be happy for them to visit me in the high plateaus of Guatemala.

Dr Yuri Francisco Noriega
Guatemala

Email: laprovision@itelgua.com

Photo: Richard Hanson/TearfundVegetable seeds

I am writing to thank you for sending us two PILLARS Guides (Mobilising the community and Mobilising the church) in 2004. We have found them very useful and over the past few years we have organised small groups within the church and community. We have trained 130 motivators to help in the communities and we have support from the local government and church leadership.

We have set up door-sized vegetable gardens using an idea from the Africa Co-operative Action Trust (ACAT) in Footsteps 54. We hope to be able to help the churches and communities and we will need more vegetable seeds. If any Footsteps readers are able to help us, please contact us. 

Bishop John Chiluba
Gene Ratliff Ministries in Zambia
PO Box 146
Chambishi
Zambia

Email: chilubajohn@yahoo.com

Group work

Group work is carried out to achieve what individuals are unable to achieve on their own. Some examples are Common Initiative Groups, Co-operative Groups, Project Groups, Civil Society Groups. 

Here is a checklist to help you to have well-managed groups. Check that:

  • there are clear rules for the leader’s accountability to the group
  • there are clear rules on the group’s accountability for resources
  • there is a rule on when activity reports should be produced
  • records are open for members’ inspection
  • members are trained on group and leadership rules 
  • monitoring for performance is done by all members 
  • leaders value each member and his or her contributions 
  • each member has a chance of being elected into group positions
  • elected leaders do not hold office longer than necessary.

Gideon Yong Njini
Managing Partner of Accountancy Services and Audit (ASA Group) 

BP 5011
Nkwen Bamenda 
Cameroon

Email: gideonnjini1@hotmail.com

Saving money

God gave me an idea that I could help young people to develop through the use of piggy banks [money boxes used for saving].

 

First of all, I made myself a piggy bank from a paper box. I gave myself a target to put all my remaining change at the end of the day into the box. In less than two months the box was full, and I had to buy a locally-made clay piggy bank. In less than a month, this also became full! In about five months I was able to save N3,465 (about US$32) which can help to start a little business.

Piggy banks help young people to break bad habits and learn how to share. They are also taught discipline and how to manage their money.

Here are a few ways to cultivate a good saving culture:

  • Be determined. 
  • Have a goal. 
  • Make sure the piggy bank cannot easily be broken. 
  • See it as fun. 
  • Believe that every kobo [cent] counts. 
  • Keep accurate records. 

It is important to teach young people the importance of saving. My desire is to share this with every young person in the world. We all deserve a better life. We need a world free of poverty and corruption.

Tayo Alarape
Nigeria

Email: opalomo_latile@yahoo.com