Agapao International empowers Community Development Managers through training and personal development, working closely with them to enhance their skills. The CDM's are chosen based on their ability to assess community needs, identify leaders and solutions then implement change through motivation and enthusiasm.
The CDM's visit villages and communities and train Community Development Volunteers.
They then work with their own community and if they embrace the opportunity, a partnership agreement is discussed and the community is nominated to receive a Community Impact Kit.
Opportunities exist for volunteers to share their skills on an 'Impact Holiday' or for longer term visits in developing countries.
Agapao International can support people with training and ideas to improve conditions for thousands of people in their own community. By providing a 'CIK' start, a whole community can be mobilised and empowered to be self-sufficient in a sustainable way.
Agapao provides start-up support for community initiatives to improve and share skills, combat lethargy and ill health and encourage self-sufficiency through income generating projects. Each community impact kit consists of:
- £75 = 3 PREGNANT GOATS: the opportunity to learn animal care and generate an income
- £100 = LATRINE: for sanitation and health
- £100 = STANDPIPE: clean water, reducing illness (water is sold and the profit used to pay for school fees for the local children)
- £5 = SPORTS EQUIPMENT: encouraging health, fun and social skills
- £60 = SEWING MACHINE: used by womens groups t&make clothes and crafts to sell and make school uniform to enable children to go to school
- £15 = AGRICULTURAL TOOLS: to enable people to grow vegetables and build houses
- £15 = BAKING EQUIPMENT: enables sharing of skills and income generation
- £15 = CHARCOAL BURNER: for making chapati, rolex and simple meals which could develop into a cafe
- £10 = CRAFT MATERIALS: encourages local skills to be shared and items can be sold
- £10 = SCHOOL RESOURCES: enables children to get an education
Items can be sponsored individually or a complete kit costs £400 and could be sponsored by a school, church, business or group of friends.