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The importance of understanding and addressing Needs in Community Development


When I learned about these different types of needs, I understood to a certain extent the resistance my father faced in his community development endeavors.

As much as I understand it, I am still puzzled as to why killing my dad and my brothers was the only cause of action for my community. I thank God for the protection He gave us. God knows I struggle to forgive as it is, I would've become a murderous maniac, had they succeeded to kill my family back then.
As much as we had fun with our youth groups doing beauty contests, ballroom dancing, sarafina, drummies,... At the back of our minds we were fully aware of the dangers and who were the instigators behind the scenes and their true motives, which haven't changed by the way.
I am not so naive to believe that the people who wanted us dead in 1995 suddenly inquire about my little brother's comings and goings for the fun of it. And if someone who hardly ever speaks to him, suddenly wants to know when he will be coming home, to the point of asking 2 different people, it looks suspicious. A red flag has been raised for me! 🚩
I digress.

In community development, you are only as successful as the happiness level of your targeted beneficiaries. Unfortunately the number of schools, preschools, clinics, etc. you build is immaterial if the intended beneficiary doesn't want them.
That's why you find the community members vandalizing buildings, roadside trees and water taps. They feel no need for these and therefore they see no value in them, which makes destroying them easy.
"Nothing about us without us" is a concept that should help community development professionals and communities to work well together, but does it really work?

My Favorite Professors

 These were my favorite professors at UNP. The then Dr Dean Goldring now Prof always used to come to lectures with jokes on sticky notes and I'd start laughing the moment he would reach for his sticky notes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Prof Theresa Coetzee was very serious and strict, she looked super cute pregnant and the fact that she was married to this goofball (Dr Goldring) made her my people. She made you feel welcome to come talk to her in her office.
Other lecturers (who shall remain nameless) couldn't stand black students. The Biochemistry department was so friendly and welcoming. Prof Dennison was a jovial character as well.
These people made the walk from 69 Pine Street (Pmb) every day on an empty stomach worth it. Leaving the house at 6am & walking back home in the evenings meant that I was exposed to many dangerous situations but by the grace of God I made it through! Temptations to end it all were there but I didn't.

I lost a bunch of weight and when my sister M-Jay had insisted that I move to Scottsville, she blessed me with some new clothes and shoes, and I looked decent again.
I knew I had a solid friendship with Luh, when I was at my lowest but she stuck by me and helped me through it.
Low points will show you who's a real friend and who's a frenemy.

This was supposed to be an appreciation post for the hubby and wifey team of Biochemistry. Dr G always used to say: "it's not my turn to watch her" whenever I would go ask him where his wife was.
Wishing blessings in abundance to themπŸ™Œ