These last few days have been a curious insight into Shelter Canada for me. Having worked in missions for 15 yrs, I was very interested in seeing how well Shelter has localized their work. It always took lots of deliberate effort to clothe the work with local indigenous legitimacy. From my “newbie” vantage point, I think Shelter has done a remarkable job at this.
From engaging a local businessman to manage the manufacturing, to hiring local men to lead the construction, to following local community leadership in the selection process and the involvement of the mayors of other communities to determine future project locations, Shelter has done an admirable job of wrapping the identity of these projects in local cloth.
I can certainly say with confidence that I want to continue to support this good work.