Before I write my piece for the newsletter, I often look to see if there are any common threads in the news pieces by each of the teams here and this newsletter is no exception.
One important aspect of our work – especially in the last few years – has been to move away from the charity model of work towards a much stronger and more sustainable community development approach. One really key part of this, for me, is to ensure that the children and families we support do not feel that they are part of any charitable activity and the approach we have taken is to work hard, instead, to make them feel proud of being who they are and that they are part of the SCC family.
This is increasingly in place now and I have started to see important changes – not just when young people accomplish things such as you will read about in this newsletter but right from the start.
One of the ways that we do this is by increasingly using the support of SCC alumni (young people who have received support from us in the past and have moved on). When children and young people can see that having a dream is not fanciful but a very real prospect – their confidence starts to build and their hopes for their future start to change.
You will read more about our alumni scheme soon – it is being set up and driven by SCC alumni themselves who refer to their team as ANTs (Alumni Network Team) and that seems such a suitable analogy as they work hard and have an energy that is great to see.
This also means that more and more support for our children and young people is provided locally to them – by people who come from the same place themselves and have been through much of what they have too. This local community-driven support will become an increasingly common part of SCC’s system of support and we will tell you more about this as it rolls out too.
SCC’s family continues to grow and widen and someone recently said to me that they felt as though our family at SCC is slowly growing up – and not just because I am getting steadily older but because we are doing things better! Next year we will actually “come of age” as we will have been operating in Vietnam for 21 years – so maybe are growing up after all.