The basic problems of poor people around the world can be summed up into poverty, illiteracy, diseases and bad governance. These problems are interlocking. A sick person is poor producer. An illiterate person makes a weak citizen. Because they are interlocking a solution of one problem depends on the solution of the other. Because we know that addressing a single issue does not solve multiple problems, we work hand-in-hand with affected communities to design integrated solutions to the many interlocking problems.
In addressing education problems, for example, we first find out the kids don’t find out why parents don’t want to send their kids to school. Perhaps they need help tending livestock or fetching firewood. Or the kids don’t get enough to eat and cannot concentrate on their studies. Or girls are afraid to walk long distances for fear of being assaulted. Or the lack of water discourages children from staying in school all day. Or they don’t have enough money to pay fees or buy uniforms. We take all these issues into consideration when we design holistic education interventions. The different activities and strategies should be implemented in such a way as to support and complement one another leading to a systematic and holistic solution of the people’s problems. The guiding principle for our integrated approached is summed up in the following credo lines: