For Women’s empowerment
“As individuals the poor are voiceless, powerless and vulnerable. By bringing them together as a homogenous collective, they have tremendous strength.”
As sections of society remain in situations of poverty for periods of years, people often begin to internalise messages about their worthlessness and believe they do not have the skills and characteristics necessary for any other life
- The poor and vulnerable have the best understanding of their problems.
- Every person has skills they can use to change their situations and support others to do the same.
- What is not possible for the individual is possible for the community.
Using the Self Help Approach to community development acknowledges that the community members have the greatest potential to transform their own lives, their families and communities, and seeks to unlock that potential. Operation Mercy seeks out the poorest of the poor and gathers them into groups where they can learn strategies for solving their own problems, become involved in income generating activities and finally participate in identifying and solving the problems present in their own communities.
Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city and the region’s financial centre. With a population of 1.7 million people, there are many poor and marginalized. The poorest of the poor are often overlooked.
Operation Mercy Kazakhstan aims to train a team of enthusiastic facilitators to implement the Self-Help Approach (SHA) in Almaty, Kazakhstan to empower the most vulnerable and poor ladies.
The purpose of the groups is to increase the sense of self-worth in all the ladies joining the Self-Help Groups (SHG) and strengthen their ability to be a valuable member of their society.
The Self Help Groups empower women to help raise their family’s standard of living through basic health awareness, business training, human rights, education and literacy, which in turn allows women to positively influence society. It encourages women in three basic principles: we are created in the image of God, we all have unique gifts and skills, and together we are stronger than if we were alone.
SHG’s work to address the social and economic problems and to unleash the potential in the most vulnerable people in the poorest areas in Almaty.