Community Preparation

When preparing a community for “Unboxing”, the first step is to determine some baseline conditions within the community. This baseline is used as the starting point by which future improvements will be measured and reported. Gathering data is often challenging but with help from the community, success is virtually guaranteed.
Areas that may be recorded are:

  1. Overall condition of community
  2. Number of orphans currently in the community
  3. Number of HIV positive residents
  4. What kinds of sanitation practices are in place
  5. Number of currently sick people in the community
  6. Clean water practices
  7. Standing of women in the community
  8. Education available in the community

Data will be collected by Unboxed Leaders on the ground in the communities in which we are working and will be used to asses current conditions. This helps facilitators of the training sessions to know what areas the community is strong in, and which areas need more attention. The goal is not to record the communities shortcomings but rather to focus the work so that the most impact can be made with the tools at their disposal.

Creating personal relationships with the members of the community is the key to success in establishing new direction for the people. A level of trust must be established for this program to be effective, and so preparation time can be used in ways that break through the barriers that may shield honesty and openness in discussion. As we show the community we are there to come alongside them and to partner with them, and the initial trust is established, the flow of ideas and change moves everyone forward.