“We began our first SALT visits in the beginning of 2022. We were thrilled to explore and learn with & from the people in the community. We are grateful that we are now allowed to visit the village more frequently.
Before we began our SALT visits, we had a meeting with Rituu [The Constellation] to go through the essential points that we needed to remember during these visits: How we must connect with the people and how we must document the visits.
Three members of our team (Faith Foundation), Bhakynti Tangsong, Sylvereen Snaitang, and Ornella Nongbet, split up and travelled to three communities, with support from the Youth Shalyntem Fellows. These youths assisted us in identifying important stakeholders and guided us to people’s homes for visits, and they were also a part of it.
Our experience was wonderful; the participants were extremely warm and did not shy away from talking to us; based on our observations, they truly liked interacting with us, and when asked, “Will you come to a larger gathering when more members of the community will be present?” They smiled and said, “Yes!”
So far, we’ve spoken with youths, older people, and women from three different communities. As this is a new way for us to speak and connect with people, helping them realise their strengths, we’ve identified great potentiality from everyone with whom we’ve interacted. “We want to learn from you,” and by this saying we have learnt a lot in just a short period of time. Just listening to them as they share their stories allows us to reflect something in our lives as well. These are a few qualities we’ve collected from the people we’ve met: humbleness, commitment, imagination, and fearlessness.”
By Ornella, Faith Foundation.