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Your story on the new The Constellation Asset platform

Your story on the new The Constellation Asset platform

Looking back to 2023 for the annual report, we see how essential our collective local actions are as we aspire for a better world where every person can live to his/her/their full potential in harmony with nature. On the new Asset Platform, we can come together to share our lessons, and learn together.

As your contribution to The Constellation Annual Report 2023, and as your contribution to the network, we invite you to share one story with a lesson on the new Asset Platform: https://assets.the-constellation.org/

Visual Journey at the ABCD Unconference: New filmmakers shared their experience filming their community’s story of change with their phones

Visual Journey at the ABCD Unconference: New filmmakers shared their experience filming their community’s story of change with their phones

The Constellation is made up of many stars, communities that are taking action, addressing global challenges in our local context, using our own strengths to find solutions that are within our reach. In The Constellation, we are sharing the solutions that we are finding. One way to share is through storytelling, through small movies. Hence the project of Visual Journey, which was at the centre of attention on Wednesday, the 18th of October 2023, on the occasion of the yearly ABCD Unconference.

Eradicate early pregnancy and forced marriage at the Kakuma Refugee Camp

Eradicate early pregnancy and forced marriage at the Kakuma Refugee Camp

Faulu Productions is a community-based organisation based in the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya (team in the picture). The Faulu team intends to eradicate early pregnancy and forced marriage observed in most camp-based communities. The team reached out to The Constellation to take part in the Go Girl programme where the SALT-CLCP methodology supports girls and people around them in finding solutions and establishing behaviour change so that their health and safety are improved.

The Global Fund for Children (GFC) Knowledge Fair: A Unanimously Acclaimed Event, Co-created by Participants

The Global Fund for Children (GFC) Knowledge Fair: A Unanimously Acclaimed Event, Co-created by Participants

In Kolhapur, Maharashtra, from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2023, a Knowledge Fair was held bringing together representatives of the villages of Pirwadi, Vashi, Nandwal, Kandgaon, and Kerli, where the Avani organisation led SALT conversations for the past two years, Indian organisations who also facilitate SALT-CLCP (Rural Aid and Purnata from West Bengal, Faith Foundation from Meghalaya) and the GFC. Avani organised the event with the GFC’s support.

Second Voice Festival: Linking and Learning between African Communities and Organisations for an Inclusive Society

Second Voice Festival: Linking and Learning between African Communities and Organisations for an Inclusive Society

Hosted by The Constellation, the festival was held from the 24th to the 27th of July 2023, bringing together 45 delegates from 10 multi country projects in Africa, implemented by grantees of Voice, counterparts from Asia through video conference, and representatives of Voice and The Constellation. Even though they work on very different topics, participants realise that they have a lot in common and a lot to learn from each other.

Community facilitators stimulate and support the implementation of community development projects in Guinée Forestière

Community facilitators stimulate and support the implementation of community development projects in Guinée Forestière

AGUIDE (Association Guinéenne pour le Développement Economique) is an NGO based in N’Zérékoré, the largest city in the Guinée Forestière region of southeastern Guinea. AGUIDE’s dream is to train community facilitators throughout the country, so that they can stimulate and support the implementation of community development projects.

Online learning visit of a Malian organisation: Temedt, fraternity in the fight against slavery

Online learning visit of a Malian organisation: Temedt, fraternity in the fight against slavery

On the 26th of June 2023, 13 people from 9 different countries had the opportunity to meet online and on-site with members of the executive team, governance and beneficiaries of the Temedt association, which has been fighting descent-based slavery in Mali since 2006. This is part of the Voice for an Inclusive World project of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, implemented by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos. The hosts were delighted to see the interest aroused by their action.

Online learning visit to a Kenyan organisation: the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW).

Online learning visit to a Kenyan organisation: the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW).

On the 17th of July 2023, 16 people from 6 different countries had the opportunity to meet online with members of COVAW which has been fighting for the rights of women in Kenya since 1995. This learning visit is part of the Voice for an Inclusive World project.

“As the underlying reason of the village situation is poverty, we focused on budgeting capacity building to ensure that women, and, through them, girls, and children, have access to the resources made available by the government or organisations to tackle the violence.” — COVAW.

“We did not understand much about budgeting. But we have now learned how to budget and to talk with confidence.” — A woman resident.

SALT Conversations for Gender Equality

SALT Conversations for Gender Equality

Villagers of Kandgaon weaved their dream for children and youth with the facilitation of the Avani team on the 4th of April 2023. An 11-year-old girl said: “I am very happy with this process, adults need to listen to us, and children need to have a say in the functioning of the village.” The elected female head assured that she will involve children in future conversations.

Inspiration flowing back and forth between Kenya and Ghana

Inspiration flowing back and forth between Kenya and Ghana

Six years ago, Leonie Heppener visited Kithutuni in Kenya. Inspired by the results of the SALT-CLCP approach there, and by The Constellation coach Onesmus Chengo Mutuku in particular, she developed her own dream: Building a community with and around teenage girls to prevent teenage pregnancy and school drop-out in Ghana.

Go Girl Ghana then became a source of energy for The Constellation teams and partners in Cameroon, India, Indonesia, and Kenya : the Go Girl initiative was born and embraced by The Constellation members!

Now, Go Girl Ghana is reaching out to their source: Onesmus, again, this time accompanied by Busolo Quintonne (Aaliyah), a champion from Go Girl Kenya within and around the refugee community in L’Afrikana, Nairobi, will return to Ghana in May.

Go Girl Kenya Turning One Year Old and Still Counting!

Go Girl Kenya Turning One Year Old and Still Counting!

“While we did the self assessment training, we shared stories of change amongst the facilitators. From those stories, we realised that it is the little things that add up to the big picture eventually. A good example is the story of a family that we visited. Their relationship was rebuilt, and they linked our facilitator to other families that had been facing the same issue as them. It makes us happy when we receive such calls from the community! ”
Aaliyah Busolo Quintonne, L’Afrikana

Practices to reach an inclusive world

Practices to reach an inclusive world

In September, The Constellation facilitators helped representatives of the multi-country projects to deepen their reflection about their joint dream for an inclusive world – and to establish the practices that will help to reach the dream.

Voice Multi-Country Grantees Built a Common Dream

Voice Multi-Country Grantees Built a Common Dream

On the 25th of August, representatives of all 19 multi-country grantees from the three regions built the common dream for an inclusive world.

“We are all diverse in terms of the work that we do in our organization and of our personal advocacy, but we bloomed into having a common dream of equality, respect, and caring for one another and for nature.”

“The sharing; the presence of the people, though virtual, is full of positive energy complementing one another!”

In Algeria, SALT Continues Spreading!

In Algeria, SALT Continues Spreading!

In June, new groups of facilitators were trained in the SALT-CLCP approach in the cities of Annaba, Béjaïa, Oran, and Tamanrasset. In total 71 persons from civil society and the medical sector came together. They applied SALT and CLCP to themselves as they built their dreams for their cities in 15 years from now, when free and equal access to health would really be achieved.

Shared organisation dream—a driving force for the staff

“Everyone joins an NGO with a dream to achieve something. Generally, no one asks the staff what their dream is. So, when you asked this question, it forced me to think about my own dream. Collective dream building enabled me to align my dream with other staff. Now I feel that I am working towards a personal as well as organisational dream.” Imran, one of the Avani staff members.

A Joyful Kick-Off for The Constellation in a New Partnership with Voice

A Joyful Kick-Off for The Constellation in a New Partnership with Voice

In The Constellations newest partnership, Voice and The Constellation collaborate to facilitate a learning from experience process between 19 rightsholder groups that have their activities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, The Philippines, and Uganda. Their activities are aimed at reaching an inclusive world through emancipation and listening to all: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people, people with disability, vulnerable elderly and youth, women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence, and indigenous people and ethnic minorities.

Four-day training of actors involved in improving the access to health services in Algeria

Four-day training of actors involved in improving the access to health services in Algeria

As part of his project initiated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and supported by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) local office in Algeria, a team from The Constellation trains 32 people in facilitation of SALT-CLCP. This training is the first step in a capacity building process aimed at increasing and improving the involvement and access to health care of target populations, including migrants.

Sujaag – Collective Action for HIV de-stigmatisation in District Larkana, Pakistan

Sujaag – Collective Action for HIV de-stigmatisation in District Larkana, Pakistan

Historically, HIV campaigns in Pakistan have focused on fear-based messaging around prevention and medical information, which may have further propagated stigma and discrimination, deteriorating health outcomes of those affected. To address this challenge and create acceptance for, while addressing stigma against, people with lived experiences of HIV, Sujaag (meaning ‘to-awaken’) – a hybrid community engagement and mass communications project by IRD – was launched in the region.

Virtual Global Learning Festival – Feedback from participants

Virtual Global Learning Festival – Feedback from participants

“V-GLF—a spark plug for learning from the Community.” “We are not telling what to do, but we share what we do.” “First time ever interacting with people all over the world. It was overwhelming. I did learn about the work of different organisations, especially during COVID times and how they carry out their SALT process with the communities.”
More participants feedback

“All Women Aboard – Daring to Dream”

“All Women Aboard – Daring to Dream”

Photo: The participants of the All Women Aboard SALT-CLCP training guide us in how the training is shaped. As we were sharing thoughts and feelings, a participant proposed to sit on the floor, just as it is done in Syria. This picture shows how the atmosphere within...

Virtual Global Learning Festival – SALT visits in Kenya

Virtual Global Learning Festival – SALT visits in Kenya

The second day of the V-GLF, participants were invited to dive into communities in Kenya in real time as if they were in the homes and villages on the spot, asking questions directly, then synthesising the lessons learnt and experiences, by teams then in plenary.
We visited communities and homes in Kithituni, Iiani and in Khumbuni, and the Dorcus Beads organization.

Local SALT Teams across the globe getting ready for the Virtual Global Learning Festival (V-GLF)

Local SALT Teams across the globe getting ready for the Virtual Global Learning Festival (V-GLF)

Thirteen local SALT teams and 20 individual SALT supporters, a total of 60 individuals, have enthusiastically registered for the V-GLF that will take place between the 1st and 4th of October 2021. The teams come from Belgium, the Netherlands, Pakistan, India, Singapore, RDC, Burundi, Indonesia, Uganda, and the USA. They will share and learn from their very diverse experience with community actions on global issues and especially from the Kenyan team and communities. During virtual SALT visits, the communities in Kenya will also share what they are proud of and what they have learned.

Visual Journey in Kenya

Visual Journey in Kenya

In The Constellation’s project “Visual Journey”, we are handing the camera and microphone to the community, so that they fully take ownership of their story and how they tell it. After two months of online training in filming, the young team in Kenya, Anthony, Francis, and Florence, now feel confident. They have started filming beautiful scenes, and they have done the first interviews in their community. Anthony says: “We were excited about the interviews. Actually, we were having a normal conversation – through the lens of a camera.”

The Constellation’s 2020 report is available!

The Constellation’s 2020 report is available!

We are pleased to share with you The Constellation 2020 Report: https://the-constellation.org/the-constellation-report-2020-english

“2020. Covid-19 put the world upside down. The ‘normal’ in the lives of organisations, communities, neighbourhoods, families, and individuals was challenged. Also, for The Constellation, its teams, its partners and its members. This annual report makes a tour around the world and the account makes us hopeful.”

Visual Journey

Visual Journey

The Constellation is developing a new film project called Visual Journey. It is inspired by the lessons learned from the As You Open Your Eyes film project.

Global Learning Festival goes online

Global Learning Festival goes online

The Global Learning Festival (GLF), leading event facilitated by The Constellation, is this year organised online in response to the need for international connections and continued work despite the pandemic. From 1 to 4 October 2021 The Constellation and Kenyan communities offer a unique opportunity to share and learn around the theme: ‘ANCHORING ENERGY FOR A SUSTAINABLE LOCAL RESPONSE’.

Exploring the Impact of SALT

Exploring the Impact of SALT

The Constellation worked in Assam between March 2017 and June 2019. It worked in Shimla and Udaipur between April 2019 and June 2020. These projects helped The Constellation to understand how to evaluate of the impact of its work. This note discusses how we can use that understanding to evaluate our work in the future.

GO GIRL

GO GIRL

In this 5 country project, we engage communities in prevention of teenage pregnancies. In Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia and Kenya new and old facilitators learn and share about effective local responses that help girls flourish.

Hope and Resilience for 2021

Hope and Resilience for 2021

Hope, connection, resilience, respect, challenges and Coiwepo*. When The Constellation Board Committee reflected on 2020, they found those words were both our strength and our challenge this past year. “We will bring all the good things that we learned from it with full energy into the new year”.

16 years The Constellation

16 years The Constellation

On the 8th of December 2004 the founding members of The Constellation formulated their dream: We would stimulate and connect local responses around the world. Happy birthday to us!

Opening safe conversations to restore trust after ebola

Opening safe conversations to restore trust after ebola

Following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, communities lost confidence in the health system for providing quality health services to the population. The Constellation helped create a safe space for conversations, eventually leading to increased health care uptake and joint action. 

SALT and Primary Health Care in Action

SALT and Primary Health Care in Action

The Constellation is proud to contribute a chapter with learning about SALT-CLCP in the recent book publication Achieving Health for All: Primary Health Care in Action, edited by David Bishai and Meike Schleiff.

SALT and the Stage 

SALT and the Stage 

Ghalia and iSiZ from VrouwenCafé Amsterdam sought advise from CLCP-SALT facilitators in a peer-assist: How can we make sure there are equal opportunities for all to contribute in the production of a creative performance? 

Wrapping Research Questions in SALT

The Community Engagement Centre (CEC) and the Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre used the strength approach of SALT to a bilateral learning experience about living with COVID. This meant unlearning some of the conventional research practices and getting the hang of reflexivity* as a tool to monitor one’s own learning.

Fostering integration of refugees  

Fostering integration of refugees  

The Dutch Council for Refugees (Vluchtelingenwerk) has adopted the SALT approach throughout the organisation, as a way to foster integration of refugees. Trained facilitators and managers report growing work satisfaction in the offices engaged in SALT.

Valenciennes’ Youth Council for Development

Valenciennes’ Youth Council for Development

Youths in Valenciennes have their own Development Council. The Constellation Belgium helped the group to build a common dream for Valenciennes and to reflect on how to materialise it. Thereby was born the project of the Talents Festival of the Valenciennes Region. COVID-19 has turned the action plan upside down, but the path was worth it.