Our Mission of Sustainable Development

Namlo’s mission is to build long-term partnerships with vulnerable communities to support them in developing sustainable solutions that promote educational, economic, and nutritional well-being.

Namlo uses the word “sustainable” to have a positive community impact perpetuate into the future, long after Namlo leaves a community. Recognizing that achieving sustainability is a long-term goal and an ongoing process, Namlo uses sustainability as a lens in which it’s work with communities is conceptualized, defined, implemented and measured.

Old Mankha School

Old Mankha School

  1. Sustainability of our schools:
  1. Namlo builds schools in partnership with community support, contribution, leadership and resources.  Decision to build, operate and maintain the school is rests entirely with the community.
  2. Schools are constructed to accommodate the ten-year growth pattern for the community, so that future populations of students are able to attend without overcrowding.  If communities are unable to fund the size of a school to accommodate a 10 year growth curve, plans must be made that include an analysis of the needs, timeframe, and costs, and solid commitments made to follow-through with these plans, so that population growth is plotted, with corresponding fundraising and implementation.
  3. Schools are constructed according to strict standards including being child friendly, earthquake resistant, healthy and with a life expectancy of 50 years.  Schools are constructed with local materials, local labor and have no negative environmental impact.
  4. As of 2014, Namlo is redefining “school improvement” to include specific strategies and tactics to establish a culture of educational excellence and high-performing achievement in its school. Namlo will be funding educational coordinators to work with teachers, school administrators, parents and community members to help build the capacity of school in their quest for academic achievement.
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Sabhung Community

2.  Sustainability of Namlo’s involvement with a community

With a goal to achieve ongoing impact on local leadership and decision-making, Namlo works with each community to identify formal and informal leaders, build capacity of the community’s leadership so that it is capable of creating its own vision for the future that benefits all members of the community, develop the skills to create pathways to achieve the vision, and instill a tradition of shared leadership and responsibility that permeates throughout the community, is inclusive of gender, age and ethnicity and is shared willingly by community members.  Namlo works within a window of opportunity of 10 years with specific attention to benchmarking poverty, quality of education, economic vitality, community leadership and environmental stability.

 3.  Sustainability of Namlo’s community development efforts

Community meeting in Mankha

Community meeting in Mankha

Namlo builds sustainable communities by helping community members create a shared vision for a strong community, and helping people acquire the skills to achieve the vision.  This involves leadership training and capacity building with people, ensuring that there is inclusive participation with special attention given to gender balance, and the needs of minority populations.  Creating the leadership that a community needs is an essential step in building strong, resilient and sustainable communities.

4.  Sustainability of Namlo’s economic development activities.

Nicaragua Coordinator Rosario Velasquez with Beets in El Salmeron

Nicaragua Coordinator Rosario Velasquez with Beets in El Salmeron

Economic development is a key component to building a sustainable community.  Namlo includes economic development (in agriculture, entrepreneurship, business development, microenterprise, vocational training) in its scope of work in order to have an economic engine to drive development, reduce poverty and, ultimately, help fund community projects.  A necessary component of economic development is first understanding markets, market demand and gaps, which will lead to market and financial opportunity.