Community Development

Community Development

The United Nations defines community development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.”

Community development can also be defied as a process or processes where community members and various organisations and businesses join hands to collectively take action and generate solutions to the challenges in the community.

At Refilwe we have realised how crucial community development is in our country. Our organisation strive to partner with activists, community leaders, people in the community, businesses and other organisations to help improve various aspects of communities. Our aim is to build stronger and more adaptable local communities.

We also strive to understand the true needs of our community and strategically address them. We adopt a “when helping hurts” approach which is a book by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. Here are some quotes that outline the heart of this concept.

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday” (Isa. 58:10, italics added).”
― Steve Corbett
“Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do more harm than good. I sometimes unintentionally reduce poor people to objects that I use to fulfill my own need to accomplish something. I am not okay, and you are not okay. But Jesus can fix us both.”
― Steve Corbett
“Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ’s resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”
― Brian Fikkert