Our Approach and Why It Matters
In a word, our approach is Community. Many big non-profits focus their efforts on a particular need and strive to fill it broadly by providing a resource whose absence they have identified as a persistent crisis throughout Africa, such as clean water or medical supplies. Love A Community flips this traditional approach by focusing on one community at a time. Our goal is to improve the community as a whole by providing, protecting, and enabling all of the essential resources its people need to thrive.
Love A Community is a different kind of non-profit, flipping the traditional approach of non-profits for Africa: Love A Community focuses deeply on a community, rather than broadly on a resource.
It is vital that organizations contribute resources to those who need it; but, once the resource is given, what happens next? Is it as effective as it should be, and for as long? Too often, the answer to these questions is “no,” because a community is like a living body — it is complex, with multiple systems which must all function well together. Trouble in one area bleeds into others. In the case of clean water, for example, a community could have a thousand wells; but if the community lacks an effective sanitation system or maintenance plan, they will not have clean water. A major non-profit may provide expensive, life-saving medical equipment to hospitals across Africa; but if the local hospital lacks clean water, many patients in that area will not want to go to the hospital for fear of risking further infection. The equipment provided by the first non-profit will then fail to reach everyone who needs it merely because of limiting local factors.
This is where Love A Community comes in.
Love A Community considers the community as a functioning whole. We engage with the community on every level, to problem solve and get to the root of whatever their challenges may be. Where needed, we partner with other organizations who provide a resource, and then we work with the community to ensure that those resources can be optimally utilized for decades to come.