An Interview with CPAR Staff
Japhet Emmanuel – Country Manager, based at the Karatu Office
Q: What drew you to CPAR?
A: CPAR is a very special and unique place to work. It allows you to get exposure to viewpoints and information inside and outside of the country. I’ve gotten to learn the Canadian perspective and can contrast it with the Tanzanian one. Because of that exposure I can interact with Canadians more effectively. I can relate to their perspective more.
Q: How important has CPAR been for you personally?
A:. I really appreciate how I can have the opportunity to travel to Canada for me work with CPAR. I’ve been able to go to Canada 3 times so far; it has built up my skills and has developed my career. CPAR also supported me when I pursued my master’s degree in public health by covering my tuition fees. This doesn’t happen a lot in the NGO world. It’s an investment in my skill, career, and personal development: they’ve invested in me and I in them.
Q: What program do you feel has been the most impactful the community?
A: Health and water projects. It involves everyone and really impacts people’s lives in a big way. But it’s not so much what program is the most impactful. It’s the issues that we focus on and then programs follow. For example, we cannot help people with water if we don’t understand how gender issues affects this.
Q: What is your perspective of having the Badili Mitzamo team, just 4 young university students, travel internationally to work alongside the team for 6 weeks?
A: Some people wonder what volunteers can do traveling abroad. It’s not true that they have nothing to offer. It’s carefully designed, and when the needs and skills are determined ahead of time, it’s very useful and valuable. It means a lot having them here. We’ve been learning at a good pace and are now able to do the technical aspects of getting our stories, photos and videos to Canada.
Interview with Nderingo Godlove – Bunda Office
Q: What were some of the initial challenges of introducing the program to Bunda?
A: At first it was difficult to establish because they were hesitant about the amount of work that would be involved in implementing the program, and feared that it would be too difficult. Before CPAR, there were government projects that gave them cash, so they had grown accustomed to being given everything that they required in times of need, but CPAR was taking a very different approach Sustainable development must involve the community directly, discussing their needs and priorities, determining what’s lacking, educating them based on those needs practices, and only then are materials loaned to the ‘movers and shakers’ of the communities. Though the initial seeds are loaned, they are not paid back to CPAR, but to another group that needs it, so as to pay forward the loan rather than back.
Q: What more do you think needs to be done for the program in Bunda?
A: We still have a lot of work to do here in Bunda. People still expect to be given everything, but that’s not the way it is. I explain why they need to contribute and discuss how tackling poverty will be done in the community and not solved with the government. We have one new group this year that has two groups and its working very well.
Q: Have you noticed any differences in the people of Bunda versus Karatu?
A: Here there is tribalism, in which communities are based on tribes. The problem is that each tribe wants to remain separate from the others rather than mixing.
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