It’s time to end world poverty and hunger.
1.5 billion human beings on this earth live in extreme poverty, in one million villages in over 70+ countries worldwide. Hence, the Million Village Vision – a global partnership initiative to end poverty worldwide.
Using the proven strategies of Transformational Community Development (TCD), partners who accept the challenge come alongside villagers living in extreme poverty, empowering them to find solutions to five key areas contributing to cyclical poverty – water, food, education, income, and wellness (health and sanitation). TCD is part of a growing philosophy of poverty transformation in the general category of Community Based Development, now being implemented by over 500 national and regional development and nonprofit associations. Its revolutionary process eliminates poverty while avoiding dependence in self-sustaining, self-led and self-propagating villages.
TCD is a coaching-based process for helping a village transform itself out of severe poverty. TCD Staff help the village form five development committees, then coach the committees in the low cost, low tech, locally available ways to lead their village to sustainable transformation. Progress will be measured in five key areas of water, food, education, income, and wellness (health and sanitation).
TCD is a positive viral, multiplier movement that will spread from village to village. A million villages can be transformed if 10,000 strategic model villages are established.
By some accounts, when 10% of a given population greatly believes in a cause, a tipping point is reached. If 100,000 model villages generating clusters of 10 other villages are required to reach the million village goal, then the tipping point would occur with 10,000 model villages.
Hence, the key is to establish 10,000 model villages.
How do we get to 10,000 model villages?
We expect national leaders in 70 plus countries to begin work in 10,000 model villages in the next four years.
There are two keys to success: (1) the model’s multiplier, catalytic effect, and (2) mobilization conferences.
Multiplier Effect: Neighboring villages note the success of model villages and inquire with trainers in the model village regarding replicating the same success in their own villages. Such villages then become model villages in their own right, impacting other surrounding villages still in poverty. Hence, the multiplier effect. Many models exist already in Africa, Asia, Balkans, the Middle East.
Mobilization Conferences: National leaders come together for a period of time during which they visit model villages and interact with villagers, and then collaborate to identify other potential model villages. Million Village Vision committees will then be formed to mentor, train and provide resources for such national leaders.
By 2016 Million Village Consultations are being conducted in every region of the developing world and spring boarding model village development to each of the regional countries. We plan that by the end of 2018, mobilization conferences will have occurred in 70+ countries. This will result in Model Villages being developed within reasonable access to the one million villages being identified.
Who will do the work in villages, and how will they be trained?
National leaders that participated in mobilization conferences will in turn recruit nationals to serve in villages identified at the conference. The million village vision can only be implemented and sustained at the local level by nationals, likely volunteers, sustained primarily by local resources. Nationals are trained as trainers, and mentored by Million Village Vision staff while spending several days a week in an assigned village, fostering teamwork among the community members, and coaching them toward creating sustainable resolution to their unique issues through the application of local resources.
How can you help?
National leaders need Global Partners – individuals and organizations – to enable sustainable village programs. Global Partners provide training and guidance in such areas as water, microenterprise development, education, agriculture, sanitation and health, as well as other resources, allowing the creation of capacity for the villages internally, in a self-sustaining manner, without continued reliance on external sources. Global Partners may seed projects in a community.
If you want more information on training or giving to help, please email us at: <coming soon> and let us know in what country you have an interest.