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Community Transformation Programme

Community Transformation Programme

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IMPACTING LIVES AND EXPLORING AFRICA

Community Transformation Programme

Programme Summary

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The mission of our Community Transformation Programme is to support communities which suffer from social and economic development exclusions and thus need help.

Some communities in Africa mostly suffer from social and economic development exclusions all because they are not priority areas of the government of the day or because their schools, clinics or other social facilities are understaffed or under-resourced. Because of that, they end up becoming deprived communities.

Meanwhile, per the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, the world hopes to improve the living standards of people by 2030. But we cannot achieve sustainable development and make the world better for all if some people are excluded from the chance of a better life.

That is why The Telescope International has decided to do something about the problem and we have come up with the Community Transformation Programme. 

The programme has two main parts:

  1. Volunteer In Africa Programme.
  2. Economic Empowerment Projects.

It is a unique programme that combines volunteerismtourism and impact making to achieve sustainable development results in deprived communities across Africa.

Our Goal is simple:

“To help deprived communities in Africa to have improved lifestyles and better living standards”.

Through it, we support communities which suffer from social and economic development exclusion and thus need help – those are the deprived communities, and we focus on making the most impact in each target community by addressing poverty and inequality – which are two of the fundamental Sustainable Development Goals. 

So basically, our Community Transformation Programme is about dealing with the poverty and inequality that affect deprived communities in Africa.

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The Different Parts Of The Programme

Programme Structure

This is how our Community Transformation Programme has been structured. It is made up of two parts:

Part 1: Volunteer In Africa Programme

Volunteer, Tour And Network

The primary part of our Community Transformation Programme is our Volunteer In Africa Programme. That is our international volunteerism programme and it is about volunteering to do something to assist people living in deprived communities in Africa to have improvements in their educationenvironmenthealth and culture.

In line with those objectives,

Through our Volunteer In Africa Programme  we organize like-minded volunteers from all over the world, so that we can come together and tackle the identified problems – One Community At A Time.

Volunteers gain a study abroad experience and receive a Certificate Of International Volunteerism upon completion. There is also an internship opportunity with The Telescope International for volunteers who may be interested.

In addition to the volunteerism experience, volunteers get to go on tours and sightseeing in the country and network with other students and professionals.

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Part 2: Economic Empowerment Projects

The secondary part of the Community Transformation Programme is about Economic Empowerment Projects whereby modernized economic empowerment projects are undertaken in a chosen community to assist with employment and improvement in living conditions.

  • For instance, in agriculture, we will introduce modern farming technologies and mechanisms to the community. That will create more employment and also help them to have better yields in their farming endeavours.

What The Programme Is About

Programme Rationale And Goal

Some communities in Africa face a lot of challenges as such, end up becoming deprived in some areas of life.

These communities mostly suffer from social and economic development exclusions all because they are not priority areas for the government of the day or because their schools, clinics or other social facilities are understaffed or under-resourced.

If nothing is done about the rate of social and economic development exclusions in these communities, the conditions are most likely to result in a growth in poverty and inequality.

Per the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, the world hopes to improve upon the living standards of people by 2030. However, we cannot achieve sustainable development and make the planet better for all if some people are excluded from the chance of a better life.

With the existence of the condition of depravity in the communities, there is the chance of an increase in a lack of access to quality healthcare, environmental degradation, rural-urban migration, poor education etc. In some circumstances, it can even be a driving force for instability and conflicts.

The youth and children in these communities are the ones who get affected the most as they are disadvantaged in so many areas. Hence, their future undoubtedly doesn’t end up becoming bright.

The Telescope International has decided to do something about this problem and Our Goal is simple:

“To help deprived communities in Africa to have improved lifestyles and better living standards”.

We have chosen to focus on addressing poverty and inequalitywhich are two of the fundamental Sustainable Development Goals.

So basically, our Community Transformation Programme is about:

Dealing with the poverty and inequality that affect deprived communities in Africa.

That is the motivation behind the creation of our Community Transformation Programme.

Why Should We Do This?

Why It Matters

As has already been explained above, the social and economic exclusions happening in the deprived communities, is only increasing the lack of access to quality healthcare, environmental degradation, rural-urban migration, poor education and a whole lot of other developmental challenges. In the end, the youth and children in these communities are the ones who get most affected.

According to the UN, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, account for 80% of those living in extreme poverty and half of all people living in poverty are under 18; ie, 50% of all the people affected by poverty are the youth and children. That makes it of great concern to The Telescope International since it falls directly under our mission as an organization.

The UN further indicates that, inequality has increased by 11% globally. This increment also has the tendency to breed crime, disease, environmental degradation etc.

Coupled with the severe impact that COVID-19 has had on the world, there is the need to adopt strong social protection systems and strategies so as to mitigate the effects of poverty and inequality on these deprived communities.

Also, according to the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy of Ghana, climate change has had a devastating impact on agriculture in the rural areas. Therefore, making it expensive, risky and less profitable. Combined with poverty and inefficient agricultural practices, the results are low yields and low income. This is the same case in most other African countries.

These are all issues that are as a result of poverty and inequality, and their impact is most rife in the deprived communities.

So there is the need to do something to help such deprived communities, and that is what The Telescope International has decided to do through The Telescope Volunteers by undertaking this Community Transformation Programme.

The Change We Hope To See

Theory Of Change

This refers to the positive change we believe will happen if we undertake this Community Transformation Programme.

As has been said, one of the ways to help the deprived communities, is to adopt strong social protection systems and strategies. In this case, our strategy is in line with our goal for this programme.

“To help deprived communities in Africa to have improved lifestyles and better living standards”.

We believe that, if we are able to assist the deprived communities in areas where they are underfunded, understaffed or lacking in some social or economic opportunity, then we would be able to prop them up and alleviate the impact of poverty and inequality on them.

With the support we will give them, they are going to have higher quality of life and better standards of living.

The one of the aims of The Telescope International for our Community Transformation Programme, is to stimulate the creation of self-sufficient communities. This is because we believe that, through that, poverty alleviation can be achieved. Once that is achieved, then other interventions will follow and the community can become truly self-reliant.

How You Can Help

Where You Come In

In line with our mission and intended Theory of Change, we have come up with development-related volunteerism programmes in education, environment, health, culture and agriculture, through which we will be offering our support and assistance to the deprived communities.

Now obviously, we cannot do it alone and we cannot tackle all deprived communities at the same time.

Hence, we have decided to organize like-minded volunteers from all over the world, so that together, we can tackle the problems – One Community At A Time.

The beautiful thing about the whole programme design is that, it will partly serve as a study abroad programme for students who will choose to participate in this volunteerism programme.

As volunteers help with the implementation of the programme, they will also be benefiting by gaining career skills, working experience as well as building formidable networks. This is because, they are going to be supervised by professionals as they go about their volunteerism activities.

At the end of the volunteerism period, they will receive a Certificate Of International Volunteerism from The Telescope International.

So in short, our Community Transformation Programme can be stated as:

A two-pronged approach, aimed at assisting deprived communities to improve and uplift their living standards, so as to alleviate the impact of poverty and inequality on them. Whilst at it, volunteers learn, gain working experience and build formidable networks.

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