How Did These Small Community Projects, After 8 Years, Become Possible National Models
ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESS COMMON TO BOTH PROJECTS:
|1. Local Ownership, Sustainable Empowerment: Protecting, harvesting, and celebrating community expertise, wisdom, dedication, and sense of fun.||2. Collaboration: The power of local communities and established organizations creating service equity through working together.||3. Inclusion: By definition, rather than mandate.||4. Demand Driven Programming: Working with community requested services that already exist or developing them collaboratively.|
|5. Entertainment/Play: “Where Art and Financial Literacy Come Out and Play”||6. Digital Media/Existing Media: Combining newer means of communication and learning with older means to the benefit of both.||7. Increased Economic Security: Working to combine entrepreneurship and stewardship to maximize personal and community well-being.||8. Evaluation: Formal evaluations are expensive but valuable – ongoing evaluation where the goal is improvement and sustainability when it is possible; abandonment when it is not.|
Departments of the US Federal Government and The Philippines National Governments have funded the expansion and enhancement of each “locally owned” project as possible national models for farmer education and financial literacy for elementary school students, parents and families.
OUR NEW CHALLENGE:
To complete the puzzle by locating banks, foundations and organization sponsors to meet the demand for replication and experimentation that these programs have created.