–Abel Ntamo, participant in Africare/South Africa’s Injongo Yethu ProjectEvery PanAfricare project is a partnership with the participating communities. PanAfricare designs projects with participatory appraisals. What does that mean? PanAfricare staff, most of whom are community members themselves, work with each community to identify what development difficulties they face and what local resources are available to achieve solutions. In addition to national and corporate leaders, we consult with traditional
and religious leaders when designing projects, and we react to local feedback as projects progress. We contract local companies to carry out certain project tasks, such as the construction of a community library, so local firms earn the experience and the income.
Community Engagement is crucial to the success of any development project, and it has been an PanAfricare hallmark since our founding. Ninety-eight percent of PanAfricare field staff is African. Ultimately, we excel at partnering with communities because we are the local community.