The 7 Steps Of Restoration
Through the years of trial, error, and addressing the next pressing need within our community, we developed a process called the 7 Steps Of Restoration. Out of these steps, new programs were launched and inform the history and growth of our organization.
1. MedicaL care
The early years of CLD were spent taking one child at a time to the local clinics. Since then, we've created our own Medical Clinic and developed a staff of doctors and nurses that provide care for the school as well as the local community. In addition to providing local services, the clinic staff also hosts outreaches and one-day relief clinics for surrounding communities.
We've had this saying "It's hard to dream when you're hungry". After spending a few years sending money for rice and beans for our community, we eventually purchased a 20 Acre farm that has since turned into Double Portion Farm vocational training center that also grows and provides food for local schools.
One of our first investments in Uganda was a place we called "The Kids House". For years it was home to about 65 kids. As we learned more about Ugandan culture and how to best help support, we realized "orphanages" could actually cause harm and break down the family unit. Today, we've built dorms for students at WCIA and in certain instances, will help families establish a permanent homes.
In 2010 we launched WCIA Primary School with about 70 students. In 2016, we launched a secondary school, teacher trainings, and are continually developing our ability to address the educational needs of the community from kindergarten all the way through to vocational training and college. Additionally, all of our programs hold an element of education in them (see Four Pillars).
Through the years, we've launched and created new businesses in hopes of creating financial independence and restoring dignity and self-worth to individuals. In each of the projects like Thread Of Life, we work hard to develop local revenue sources to decrease dependence on outside sources. On an individual level, we want to restore people so that they are able to work and provide for themselves and their families.
6. Family Empowerment
As much as we believe in individual empowerment, we believe that when families stay together and are stable, communities flourish. Our ultimate goal isn't to just put kids through school or train people with job skills but to support the entire family unit to grow.
7. Community Restoration
People who have been restored go onto restore others. As we develop leaders, our hope is that every one of them will go on to impact and invest in their own community.