Internal and External Sources
much help can come from outside the community before that community
dependent on outside help, and therefore loses its self reliance?
a mobilizer, you will find that it is difficult to find a balance between
resources that originate outside the community, and those from within.
You and the community executive will be under considerable pressure to
bring outside resources into the community.
agencies want to help, while community members want to receive. You know,
however, that bringing in outside resources contributes to the dependency
syndrome and reduces the chances of sustainability and self reliance.
there are ways to maximize the strengthening ability of using outside resources
as illustrated by the story of Mohammed and the rope. (see Telling
Stories). If you can convince an outside donor to provide some
costs of skill training, management training, and mobilization, and assist
the community in obtaining most of its own construction resources, you
can contribute to self reliance and sustainability.
the Prophet, peace be upon him, had merely given food to the beggar, he
would have been training the beggar to be a beggar; by giving him some
advice and capital instead, he assisted the beggar to become self reliant.
handbook does help you in obtaining outside resources, as in Proposals,
which which guides you in preparing effective proposals.
any powerful tool (eg fire), these skills can be misused, and may
contribute to in the long run. Use them well, and for the correct