Community mobilization promotes consideration of the needs of specific populations and localities. In particular, rural populations can be reached more effectively through community mobilization. Mobilization also leads to greater sustainability, as communities are empowered and capable of addressing their own needs.
Community mobilization is defined as “a capacity-building process through which community individuals, groups, or organizations plan, carry out, and evaluate activities on a participatory and sustained basis to improve their health and other needs, either on their own initiative or stimulated by others. To optimize mobilization, involve local service providers and community representatives in collecting information, analyzing information, and advocating the method or service.”
From this year, Asian Heritage Foundation Nepal is focused on approaches such as participatory learning and action (PLA) to be used in the mobilization process. PLA is a community development approach whereby facilitators work with communities to help them analyze their needs, identify solutions, and develop and implement action plans. Participatory processes are used not just for assessment purposes but also for follow-on mobilization and action. We are addressing the following issues through Community Mobilization this year.
1) Reducing poverty
2) Access to safe drinking water
3) Gender parity in all levels of education
4) Reducing HIV prevalence and TB incidence and prevalence
5) Environmental relating issues as climate change.
6) Campaign to reduce violent against women and girls.
7) Awareness program on health, education and governance
8) Girls Education Support Program
9) Sustainable use of natural resources
10) Access to information for all members of the community