Silveira House trains leaders who in turn role out the concepts to the community members in the form of feedback meetings. Communities are then mobilized and organized into working groups for community development projects. Such projects range from service delivery, infrastructure development, water and sanitation and economic enhancement. Beneficiary communities managed to build schools, construct and maintain access roads, construct weir dams, sunk deep wells and boreholes, built toilets and initiated income generating projects. Silveira House recently took on board empowerment of farmers through trainings in farm budget and farming as a business that recognizes farming for profit principles and procedures.
Community Development Projects
Targeting traditional and elected leaders, Silveira House promotes effective, transparent and accountable local leadership. Such a leadership is the bedrock for community development. Elected leaders like councillors have a fixed term of five years thus leading to relatively high turnover. Traditional leaders such as village heads, headmen and chiefs are life leaders. However; both elected and traditional leaders lack knowledge of their constitutional mandate as stipulated by pieces of law that guide their day to day work. These include the Traditional Leaders Act, Communal Lands Act, and RDC Act. Silveira House raises awareness on leaders’ roles and functions and complimentary competencies in community mobilization, resource mobilization, development communication, planning for development and managing development conflicts. Trained communities exhibited improvements in community organization, initiating and managing community projects, coexistence and tolerance of ideological diversity and topping RDC schedules for development levy.
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
This project conscientizes community about the realities of climate change and the negative impacts on human life thus begin to take action against it. Target communities reflect critically about climate change in their context (understanding the causes and effects of climate change) and seek redress to climate change effects. A number of strategies have been adopted by beneficiary communities to adapt and mitigate against climate change. These include;
- Adoption of environment friendly technologies like float trays and rocket bans for curing of tobacco.
- Afforestation (through establishment of woodlots and field fruits)
- Adoption of small livestock (reduced overgrazing), small grains, short season and drought resistant varieties
- Management of wetlands
- Water harvesting