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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.”
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“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.