Child Development International
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Situations we’ve seen over and over
Many poor villages have families just like you and me; they are made up moms and dads who love their children. However, the depth of poverty and oppressive systems have torn through these families leaving behind collateral damage and challenges too big for them to solve on their own. Most of the time, they are so desperate that they cannot see past today because they are simply struggling to survive.
Some organizations, with good intentions, arrive on the scene and provide a program designed to address a particular problem, like education for example. Funding of such a new elaborate program is too big for the village to manage, so the program comes with funding from outside of the village and for that matter, outside of the country. Programs like these can be effective but they are expensive and may take decades before the community is able to pay for it themselves. As a result, they become dependent on donors and never transition to being the ones responsible for providing a proper education for their own children.
CDI believes there is a better way
CDI believes we can do better. To address problems like the one stated above, CDI is committed to developing impoverished children in new and innovative ways. Our experience and research has revealed the following four objectives that we have embraced in forming our mission:
1. Help as many children as possible by eliminating costly programs;
2. Reduce the local people's dependency on foreign financial aid;
3. Develop sustainable solutions that are owned by local people; and
4. Bring the gospel to unreached children and the entire community.
Like most innovations, the best ones are simple ones. Our innovative approach is to partner with people living in remote villages that know there is something better but don't know how to make sense of it all and therefore are overwhelmed. Working alongside of the village leaders, we help the community build a "blue-print" that provides the direction and goals they need to change their behaviors and the fate of their own children.
The CDI mission
The mission of Child Development International is to holistically develop impoverished children worldwide, transforming them into followers of Jesus Christ that love people well and are capable of meeting their own needs. We do this by bringing the community together around the common cause of developing their own children, teaching them how to leverage and mobilize their local assets rather than creating dependency on foreign aid.
Our innovative approach
We are committed to challenging, training and equipping the parents to parent well, the teachers to educate well, and the health workers to achieve community health goals, and the local church planters to establish a life-giving and disciple-making church. We start with the end in mind. We teach these folks how to care for their own children from the beginning rather than doing it for them. As a result, relationship and trust is naturally created, leading to the men, women and children living in the village opening their minds and hearts to the gospel message.
In response, we developed an innovative development framework rather than an out-of-the-box development model. It is called the Village Development Framework. It is DIFFERENT. This cutting-edge framework is designed to be scalable and repeatable. It provides the structure, process and tools necessary for communities to develop their own children by leveraging and mobilizing their own local assets. A key success factor is that this approach acknowledges the value of the local people and eliminates dependency on resources from outside of the village.
1. Identify villages that want to improve the future of their children.
2. Assess village situation - evaluating home, education, health and spiritual condition.
3. Train people living in these villages on development areas.
4. Create and prioritize development area goals.
5. Design "blue-print" and annual plan necessary to achieve goals.
6. Execute plan, measure and evaluate, adjust plan, repeat.
Framework Development Areas
HOME: Train parents and caregivers how to best love and care for their own children.
EDUCATION: Challenge and equip village schools to produce educated children rather than "pretending" to teach.
HEALTH: Help the local health clinics and families know how to live healthy lives through embracing good health behaviors and modern medicine.
CHURCH: Assist church planters to build up a local church that serves their community in love and engages in intentional Biblical discipleship.
The Framework Steps and the Framework Development Areas come together to form the development "blue-print" plan customized for the village. This plan creates the critical focus on the children's overall development while at the same time paves the way for the gospel and discipleship for the entire village.
Our network and reach
To be successful, we leverage a solid network of boots-on-the-ground people that have the ability to reach villages that are not easily open to the gospel. These passionate and committed, indigenous people, are already financially supported, know the local customs and language, and are already...ready to go.
Our first strategic partnership in this network is with select church planting organizations in Asia. Church planters want to connect relationally with people. CDI needs capable trustworthy people working daily in the villages to train and mobilize the people to help their own children develop. This is a win-win scenario that is scalable.
We need your help
This year, we need a total of $298,000 to accomplish the following activities in 2018:
• Conducting the research and development of the mission and framework
• Exploration and formation of global strategic partnerships
• Selecting villages of unreached people
• Training, equipping and mentoring the strategic partners
• Developing the measurements and evaluations
Please consider investing in this thoughtful and effective approach to missional work. Thank you!
Please call or email Matt Storer with your questions, feedback and ideas. I'd love to talk with you.
Matt Storer, Co-founder & President
Child Development International
c/o New Horizons Foundation
5550 Tech Center Dr STE 303, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
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End Date: 30 December 2018