Utooni Development Organization works with community self-help groups to help transform their environments in a sustainable manner. We aim to enable farmers to improve water supplies, food production, income, and health through sand dam construction, inter-community education, and other sustainability practices.
We believe that if you give people access to clean water and provide the proper education, the community can do the rest themselves. This idea is the keystone of our work: Community Participation. All construction, tree planting, terracing, and farming is done by the members of the self-help groups, not our staff. By doing this, we help those who want to help themselves.
We don’t want relief. We want water. Give us water, and we can grow our own food.
Communities working with Utooni define their own problems and priorities, provide their own resources, and take ownership of the projects that we help oversee. We do not impose our approach on any community and we act according to each self-help group’s stated needs. By placing the decision making in the hands of the people, the community becomes greatly empowered.