“Bee the solution” work is based on the belief that communities can assess their needs and that, step-by-step, they can help themselves in finding solutions to address some of them.
Through discussions and exchange of ideas, issues and potential solutions are unearthed. From that point, some of the issues/barriers to improvement include designing and implementation of projects, as well as access to funding.
At “Bee the solution”, we believe that to change the world, we have to go into the world; to understand, we have to experiment; and to teach, we must demonstrate.
As Chairman and on the ground Consultant, putting into practice these concepts is especially important to me. I have travelled extensively through Southern and Eastern Africa, to meet and understand people, countries and cultures. I have met with very different people who, all at their level, want to work toward solutions for their communities.
Through “Bee the solution” and the communities we work with, we want to:
– understand local issues,
– learn about local solutions and barriers to implementation, in local settings
– share knowledge gathered in different settings,
– work with communities to best use local resources
– aid communities in design of projects adapted to local settings and resources
– aid communities in completion of fund requests and/or support
– assist with project implementation,
– provide training in methods and tools required to successfully conduct and report the projects,
– support feedback to communities and donors.
With my experience of field travel, I believe that it is paramount to meet people from local communities, in local settings, to develop relationships and maintain them. Issues and solutions are specific to local circumstances and cultures. While learnings and ideas can emerge from sharing how issues are resolved in different settings, no solution is strictly identical in many settings and need to be adapted to each community. Solutions should be driven by the communities and benefit both the communities and the country where they are intended to be implemented.
To that effect, “Bee the solution” proposes to support communities to:
– identify issues and potential solutions directly in the field,
– conduct field assessments and feasibilities as necessary,
– report to interested parties on the outcome of those assessments and feasibilities as applicable
– design projects in local setting
– compile grant requests
– contact potential institutions/agencies for support,
– support implementation of funded projects by the communities
– develop and train on use of tools and methods to conduct and report project
– support communities with sustainable running and reporting of project