PILLARS encourages groups of all kinds to own their own development through discussion-based learning. PILLARS Guides provide a range of information topics to help people to implement change in their communities.

This training DVD contains seven sections, 3 to 13 minutes long. Each section should be used separately so that people have time to try out the ideas. The sections include:

  • The PILLARS vision.
  • Making the PILLARS process work for you.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Translation.
  • Writing new Guides.

The DVD costs £15 to organisations in the North and one copy is available free of charge to organisations in the South.

Please email: or write to: Resources Development, Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK.

Setting up Community Health Programmes

An updated edition of this practical manual on how to set up or strengthen community-based health care in rural or urban areas. It includes community-based approaches to treatment as well as care and prevention of HIV. This is a key resource for anyone involved in primary health care including doctors, nurses and care workers of all levels. The book costs £5.50 (plus P&P) for those working in the South, and can be ordered from Interhealth.

Please email:

The River of Hope

The River of Hope is a resource manual written for people working with children and young people (aged 8–18) in communities affected by HIV. It is aimed at programme managers who support, guide and train community-based facilitators and teachers. The manual provides ideas, experiences and practical activities that will encourage children and young people to help each other understand and cope with the impact of HIV.

The manual costs £7.50

For more information please contact: Healthlink Worldwide, 56–64 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4JX, UK. Email:


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Useful websites
Child-to-Child is an international network promoting children’s participation in health and development. The Child-to- Child Approach is an educational process that links children’s learning with taking action to promote the health, wellbeing and development of children, their families and their communities. This website features a wide range of information, resources and online publications. Publications are free to download in English and Portuguese, or can be ordered online.

For more information contact: Child-to-Child Trust 20 Bedford Way London, WC1H 0AL
This website contains lots of useful information on early childhood development and links to organisations and resources for working with children aged 0–8 years in developing countries, on topics such as child rights, education, HIV and building community capacity to care for children.
The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that shares information about child rights. This website contains links to hundreds of publications and details of organisations working worldwide for children. Themes covered include child labour and HIV.
This website for the Association for Progressive Communications contains many useful tools and training resources for development. The materials are available in different languages and most are free to download.
The International programme of HDRA (Henry Doubleday Research Association) offers a free information and advice service for small farmers and community-based organisations on any aspect of organic agriculture for developing countries. It has developed simple booklets and information sheets on a range of issues from composting and weed control to multipurpose trees. There is also a free enquiry service for answering specific questions on organic farming.