To begin the CPPP, FORGE first recruits potential refugee leaders who are especially capable of spearheading development initiatives in the refugee camps. The CPPP then goes through the Stages I, II and III. The preparation work is all done by the refugee leaders and the role of the FORGE staff member is to give advice to the refugee leaders when necessary.
After all four stages of the CPPP are complete, the projects designed by the refugee leaders will begin and they are to run the projects for at least a year. The funding for new projects is coordinated by FORGE headquarters in the United States and is managed by a FORGE field staff member who serves as a facilitator and an adviser of the refugee leaders as well as a bridge of communication between the refugee camps and the US office.
Fundraising for new projects is basically the responsibility of the US office. The fundraising for the Collaborative Projects happen between stage 2 and stage 3. There are currently three projects underway in this collaborative approach. They are Block H Reliable Seed & Market Program, Mwangaza Education Centers and FORGE Health Service These projects are now going through stage two and heading towards stage three. Fundraising is open for public contribution through FORGE’s website: http://www.forgenow.org/
FORGE’s Development and Future:
Since its establishment, FORGE has worked in four refugee camps in Botswana and Zambia in central Africa. As the refugee camp in Botswana was beginning to fade out and the refugees were repatriating, FORGE started to retreat from the area and focus its work in Zambia where a large amount of refugees have come from the countries surrounding Zambia due to civil wars.
In the last three years, FORGE has been working closely with the refugees in three refugee camps in Zambia: Meheba, Kala and Mwange. As peace was proclaimed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese refugees in Kala and Mwange camps are beginning to repatriate under UNHCR's assistance. In light of this, FORGE is now planning to expand its work to the Congo in the coming years. FORGE aims to continue to support and help the former refugees to rebuild their lives in their home country of Congo by providing education, training and counseling until the people genuinely feel safe living in their homeland and have confidence to rebuild their communities on their own.
Inventing orientation and mobility techniques and teaching methods: a conversation with Russell Williams (Part 2).(Interview)
Jun 22, 2005; Author's Note: This is the final part of the adaptation from my on-stage conversation with Russell Williams at the 1998...