A sustainable strategy is devised to achieve the maximum, a need based, and right based approach initiated ascertains the problem with full community involvement and mobilizing all indigenous and local resources. The program goal is materialized with a helping hand from members of donor agencies, philanthropists etc.
ELEMENTS OF OUR STRATEGY
The following are some of the elements that make up our innovative strategy. We are regularly seeking innovative ways to give edge to our programmes.
ATUDIS while implementing programs/projects as a first steps undertakes community mobilization to raise awareness in community on livelihoods, health and Water, importance of education in modern day affairs, gender related issues, socio-economic development and environmental protection. For this purpose, ATUDIS management holds meetings with the community members, conducts training/capacity building sessions and also launches campaigns.
ATUDIS basically works mainly for the poorest of the poor in the rural areas of the County. Its target groups include men, women and children in the rural communities of Turkana, who are still living miserable conditions and deprived of very basic necessities of life. Besides, ATUDIS also focuses upon populace living in peri-urban areas and other such areas. For achieving this goal and objective, ATUDIS’s target groups also include workers and other staff, working in institutions in the fields it works with ie Agriculture, Health, Education etc
ATUDIS ensures women are empowered by aiming at women taking lead role in democratic norms and culture in areas of operation. Two types of activities are undertaken in this theme; - (a) building capacities of women and communities at their groups to engage effectively with government and other stakeholders for getting their constitutional legal social, economic and political rights; (b) working directly with other institutions for creating an environment that can guarantee the rights of the women. It also focuses in enhancing women income generation skills through capacity building and micro-credit; (c) Formation of local women groups and their capacity building
Sustainable rural development is a dynamic process posing various needs at different phases of time. These can be dealt with continuous interventions based on designed frameworks that incorporate the requirements projected by the communities and with the help of communities by strategizing for public-private partnership.
During the process of social mobilization, ATUDIS will adopted a participatory, self-help, sustainable approach through community involvement and formation of volunteer groups in remote areas of Turkana
ATUDIS has strong linkages with major NGOs and funding agencies working in Turkana. ATUDIS has undertaken initiatives in Marsabit and Turkana with special reference to partnerships and collaboration in projects funded by GIZ in partnership with APAD (Agency for Pastoralists Development). ATUDIS enjoys a rich experience of working in the diverse socio-cultural environment of Turkana and extensive networking with County Government and Civil Society groups
ATUDIS focuses on holistic development of children its protection and rights. This is done through: - child rights education and protection awareness at different levels and different stakeholders; Development of safe learning places for children at schools, hospitals and community centres; Children confidence building programs, walks, sessions, campaigns, and training; Development of children groups and developing leadership skills in them
ATUDIS has always promoted networking with other NGOs, CBOs, CSOs, Media groups and concerned stakeholders for achieving their goal of sustainable development. Networking with other organizations has always proved very productive by playing as medium between the service providers and those at the receiving ed. Networking basically provides opportunity for looking at the issues from different angles ie from local, national and finally at the regional level. At every level, the perspective of issues changes, which then helps in comprehending the issues
ATUDIS is achieving better results in the field of social/rural/community development. ATUDIS also believes in advocacy and therefore, beneficiaries have always strongly advocated for the issues related to ATUDIS. For achieving this objective, ATUDIS, through its strong advocacy has approached the line departments of the Turkana County Government, NGOs, CBOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of the community etc. ATUDIS has always promoted the right based approach and supported the dialogue as an important tool for achieving the above-mentioned objectives
ATUDIS is a believer in a strong and efficient service delivery in the fields of Agriculture, Water, health, education and environment. For this purpose, ATUDIS management has always delivered services in the communities in a transparent manner, taking care of quantity and quality. It is only because of this reason that ATUDIS interventions have always helped in meeting the community needs and achieving the desired objectives
A wide variety of construction and rehabilitation of rural infrastructure schemes through community participation. Some examples are underground village drainage schemes, community latrines, water course lining, tube wells, and brick pavement in villages.