When it comes to taking care of the human race, many of us have taken steps to solve the problems that threaten equity for all people. Matters like global warming and international food crises have taken center stage over the past few years, and countless measures have been taken on local, state, country, and even international scales to place as much effort as possible into saving the world.
While humanitarian aid, food programs, and disaster relief are meant to provide short-term fixes to emergencies, international development is meant to be long-term and sustainable.
Sustainable community development is a must if we are to bolster community infrastructure from the ground up. Instead of only focusing on the most urgent needs, we must also put intention behind finding the root causes of conditions like homelessness, hunger and illness.
That said, what is the best way to get started on impacting your community for the long run? This article gives you the answers that you need to strengthen your community, and as a result, progress quality of life on a global scale. Read on to learn more!
What Is Sustainable Community Development?
It's great that we want to focus on the sustainability of the world on a global scale, but dealing with matters on a local scale is every bit as crucial - if not more so - than the global challenges we face. The reason behind this is simple: if we continue to take on global challenges without fixing our local communities, we're essentially trying to build a house on sandy ground.
For this reason, it can be said that community development should be the first step toward a healthier society and a better world. Many regions across the world have started to realize this and have placed their focus on healing the community first, and sustainable community development movements have been created as a result.
When it comes to these development movements, the end goal tends to be the same for all communities involved: strengthening the community and those residing in it so they may be able to directly or indirectly help build up the greater areas around them. Through this method, the changes made will not only be more obtainable, but will be much more permanent instead of the temporary solutions often offered for global fixes.
How Do Communities Commit to Solving These Issues?
Although the result is to strengthen the community, different communities have issues that are unique to their area. To solve these problems, they'll have to create an infrastructure that's achievable and solid enough to truly help the community succeed.
That said, there are common issues that most communities face today, which means many communities experience the same problems. Thankfully, that also means that these same communities have solutions that are achievable with the right steps. Here are just a few matters that communities face that, if taken care of properly, will allow them to prosper and move the world in a more forward direction.
There is nothing on this earth as important as health. Without being in good health, matters such as having a job, owning a sturdy house, or getting an education mean nothing. It would explain why most people would gladly make sacrifice their time and finances for quality healthcare.
However, in many developing communities, people don't have enough money to go around, nor do they have access to health education or modern day medicines. This means that these people lack the knowledge, ability, and financial means to take care of their own health needs.
Taking care of the health within each community will result in everyone having access to necessary health programs and when health equity is achieved in every community there will be a significant drop in global health issues. If your local area is dealing with these issues, you can help by bringing in medical volunteers - or better still, you can become one yourself.
Food is necessary for people all around the world to live, grow, and thrive. That said, many communities lack this basic necessity and live with constant food shortages. As a result, thousands of men, women, and children in local regions all across the globe suffer from a lack of healthy food.
Solving the problem of food has been seen largely as an international problem; however, even though authoritative figures should try to help each other, the real solution begins within the community. By helping the local people take care of their own, communities will grow stronger and create a snowball effect towards ending hunger on a global scale.
Sex and Gender Inequality
Even in 2021, There are plenty of communities that are still dealing with the wide gap caused by gender equality, and this slows the growth of the local people. When we quiet the voices of others and strip them of rights just because of their sex or gender, we miss out on growing together and learning from other minds.
When we recognize that sex and gender equality starts on a local level, the ability to recognize each other and our abilities would bring global development to new heights. Because of this, some volunteers work within communities to help them achieve equality and realize their full potential.
Let's Make a Change Together
Now that you know the importance of sustainable community development, you can apply what you've learned to your own community and help them build themselves - and the world - to new heights. However, change works best when you have people by your side to help. We'd like to be the ones to work with you to make a difference.
At Esperança, we realize the importance of community involvement and try to work with those who really want to make a difference in the world. We lend help to communities in various regions, including the United States, Africa, and Central America, through our partnership with various donations and organizations.
From agricultural programs, to providing health education, and even sending medical supplies internationally, there's nothing we won't do to help the unique health needs of each community we serve. If you wish to find out more, feel free to have a look around our site to see what we do, and please don't hesitate to volunteer when you're ready to get involved. Let's make a difference one community at a time!