Australians like to see the physical changes, like a school or a hospital, which are great but they have to be part and parcel. To me, a community has to be able to absorb that and understand the change and accept it as their own and work with it.
Just plonking a healthcare clinic into a community and saying “now you have healthcare” … community members think, “Well, why would I go to a healthcare clinic when I know that if I eat these berries when I’m sick, they’ll keep me healthy?”
You need to get people to understand why it’s important to use healthcare for them and their families. If you don’t get the community to this place; the healthcare clinic will be nothing but a building that’s going to rot.
When remote communities don’t have access to information, when they don’t have computers to broaden their understanding, all they have is history, which teaches them “this is what was passed down to me; this is what was passed down from generation to generation. I don’t know why I do this, but this is deeply ingrained in me, this is what I am”.
To those on the outside, some of these changes made by communities may seem simple and insignificant, yet to those undergoing this change process it can be life changing. This is why World Vision walks alongside the communities over a 15 year period – because we understand the challenges required to bring about change, and we want to make sure that your support as a sponsor is making a long-term difference in your sponsored child’s life.