The Bon Air North project gave us the opportunity to apply the soundness and relevance of our ideas. More than that, it gave us hands-on experience. It helped create the bridge between our intentions or desired outcomes and the realities of what was needed and how. One such activity was an exercise to collect, analyse and document data to understand the community’s socio-economic situation. The scope of information gathered ranged from the number of houses, population and human resources (such as skills, training and education) to household income and use of natural resources of the area and how it affects or contributes to household income. The information was used in the discussion and formulation of their development plan and in the drafting of the document “Creating Community”.

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