Contextualization

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.

Bacillio and Jake discuss the purchase of a new truck to deliver the finished steel components to build sites
Bacillio and Jake discuss the purchase of a new truck to deliver the finished steel components to build sites
showing us his welders
showing us his welders
He built his own metal break as a way of reducing the manufacturing costs.
He built his own metal brake as a way of reducing the manufacturing costs. Always looking to improve, he can now produce 4 houses for the cost of  3 previously.  That means more families are able to move into new houses!
mentoring a local man to lead the construction crew
mentoring a local man to lead the construction crew
passing construction know-how on to other men
passing construction know-how on to another man

I can certainly say with confidence that I want to continue to support this good work.

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