After having several meetings with Hampanna, the director of Samarthya (the sector of Samuha dedicated to helping people with disabilities), we established that the main goal over the next six (almost five!) months is to strengthen the existing programs and increase their sustainability. The programs are:
- Koppal Early Intervention Centre and Workshop
- Deodurg Early Intervention Centre and Workshop (4 hours north of Koppal)
- Raichur Workshop (4 hours northeast of Koppal), and a non-existent but much-needed Early Intervention Centre
- Koppal Adult Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre (the only one of it’s kind in the area)
Prior to any planning or analysis, our team wanted to connect with local staff to gain a deeper understanding of their programs’ goals, structure, workplace dynamics and culture, and of course, to further understand ‘rural Indian’ lifestyle and culture.
We asked some ‘big picture’ questions to see how the CBR workers and technicians viewed the current state of their programs:
- What is your role? What tasks are you responsible for?
- What the your favourite part of your job?
- What is your least favourite/most frustrating/most difficult part of your job?
- What is your program doing well?
- How could your program improve?
- What would you like to see change?
- What goals do you have for your career?
- How would you like Canadian volunteers to be involved in the growth of your programs over the next 6 months (if at all?)
I’ve had ‘big picture’ conversations with many of my friends and colleagues at home, and those who know me would agree that I like to ask the question, “In an ideal world, with no limitations – what would you do for the rest of your life?”.
I LOVE the thought-process and conversation that this question stimulates, and the insight one can gain about a person (or about themselves) from their answer. So, we modified this question for the project:
9. In an ideal world with no limitations, how would your program run?
The staff are often overwhelmed with work that they rarely have an opportunity to voice their true concerns and opinions to their colleagues or superiors, so we hope to create a platform for them to do that with these conversations. We were astounded by their creative responses and ability to express their core desires, and now we just need to explore the ‘how-to’ to make it happen.
We want to encourage them to dream. To create a vision. Because “clarity precedes mastery and it’s impossible to create an outcome/goal/result that you can’t even see”. – Robin Sharma
Dream. Articulate. Plan. Achieve.