Key Operational Sectors
1. Livelihood Support
The objective of this area is to assist the community generate self- sustaining incomes through small enterprises. The Community Livelihood improvement activities include Planning and promoting income activities such as family farms, small scale farming and introduction of new farming methods and techniques. Assessing available livelihood support services, such as livestock and veterinary services, water systems adopted local and export marketing strategies. Mobilization of financial resources to provide micro-credits for start-up small family businesses and providing training in small trades, including carpentry, metal works and grocery
2. Water and sanitation
The objective of this area of operation is to increase availability of clean water to the target communities through construction and rehabilitation of water sources, formation of water committees at district and village level, promote sanitation and hygiene through awareness workshops and training of trainers (TOTs) to educate communities on good proper hygiene sanitation practices.
3. Peace building and conflict resolution
The organization, in a bid to bring peace and reconciliation in the region has mediated between two warring clans. The cause has been as a result of dispute over grazing land. All the stolen livestock has been returned to the respective owners and peaceful co-existence now exists among the clans. Control and check a measure of the peaceful agreement has been put in place. To this end the following are prioritized: –
1. Instituting community –based conflict management and resolution mechanisms.
2. Initiating peace projects and working towards their implementation.
3. Facilitating the disarming, demobilization and re-integration of militia members.
4. Engaging youth in militias in alternative activities, such a vocational training, sports and entertainment.
5. Encouraging the full participation of women in peace building.
6. Harnessing the capacities of all community for peace.
7. Assisting communities in the creation and nurturing of a culture of peace through local media that would serve as genuine and neutral forum for dialogue.
8. Enhancing human security in its entire dimension through conflict prevention, management and resolution tools.
9. Addressing the root causes of conflict, such as the role of dwindling grazing areas caused by the indiscriminate cutting of trees.
4. Improving Governance and Institutional Capacity
The objective of this area is to enable the community sustain development through responsible and democratic institutions. The Governance and Institutional Capacity Improvement activities include:
- Assisting in the improvement or establishment of local authorities in war-torn communities, especially law enforcement agencies.
- Supporting capacity building activities for local government authorities and civic, non-governmental institutions.
- Assisting local authorities in the development of viable and sustainable taxation and budget systems.
- Aiding community based organizations with networking contacts, sector analysis, and best practice models for viable and sustainable development.
H.M.C. programs are guided by following principles:
- Effecting fundamental change: H.M.C. projects aim to change people’s lives so that they can become self-sufficient by means of promoting small scale business, increasing agricultural production, improving access to credit and markets, enhancing workers skills and stimulating income generation.
- Reaching the needy: Activities must benefit the vulnerable community groups and support their efforts in achieving social and economic well being
- Involvement of Women: H.M.C. projects must measure in advance the anticipated impact on women as well as encouraging their participation and access to project benefits.
- Participation: must ensure full community participation in all stages of project management i.e. from project design, implementation and evaluation of results.
- Sustainability: Must ensure project activities to be self-continuing and fostering self-reliance to encourage community to take over and initiate further efforts of their own.
- Addressing significant Problems: H.M.C. that small-scale projects may represent efforts to develop new approaches for addressing significant problems.
- Environmental Awareness: Safeguard natural resources while making land
- more productive by adopting ecologically sound techniques.
Planning and Direction
A leading member of the team, the Planning and Direction taskforce is responsible for ensuring that all team members fulfill the organization’s mission and objectives. He/she will organize and direct the team by setting plans and priorities, establishing policies and practices, assigning responsibilities , integrating team efforts, monitoring and evaluating results, and developing strategic partnerships with development stake holders (community leaders, government agencies, local and international NGOs, donor institutions, etc.).
The Resource Mobilization taskforce is responsible for supporting team logistical needs, including office maintenance, transportation of commodities and other services, arranging for support services, etc. He/she will also help organize community fundraisings for the organization operations and proposed projects, while at the same time coordinating efforts to involve the Diaspora, donor agencies, international NGOs, and investors to adopt specific projects whose details (from feasibility to monitoring and evaluation) are provided by the H.M.C..
The Project Development taskforce will synthesize findings from different research sources, including participatory research carried out within the community. Working with the Community Liaison Coordinator, he/she will facilitate problem identification and learning processes, focus group meetings, participatory appraisals, listening surveys and other methods to gage community needs and capacities. He/she will seek to bring out community views and feedback that would be used for designing new development projects and/or evaluating on-going projects by different development stakeholders. He/she will present detailed reports on possible new projects and an offering of suggestions on how project implementation groups, including governments, local and international NGOs, could improve their existing projects in partnership with H.M.C.
The Community Advocacy taskforce is responsible for sustaining a good rapport with all sectors of the community (including elders, leaders, religious and women’s groups, politicians, militias, other youth, professionals, business people, etc.) He/she will organize community discussions on development matters and will carry out several outreach strategies, including distributing a simple newsletter to inform the community about development issues. He/she will plan community gatherings and events, attract attention to such events, prepare meeting area, arrange for food and beverage services, enlist agenda, enlist speakers, and facilitate the discussions in consultation with other team members, especially the Project Development Coordinator who will record community feedback as part of his/her survey and other research regarding new project formulations and evaluation of existing ones.
Community gathering will also be used as opportunity for fundraising and information and knowledge sharing.