"By generously offering me her time and energy, her friendship and her belief in me, even in the face of some of the hardest challenges I have faced in my life, Roxana has taught me that the boundaries between people are arbitrary and there should be no limitations on whom we can befriend and empathize with, as long as we can be respectful and find the right way to get to know each other without prejudice and judgment. She continues to encourage me to develop myself and empowers me to have the vision and confidence to start again when faced with setbacks. Her mentorship has assisted me to find clarity on how to better navigate life, laying down the foundation for me to be proactive in my progress. Thanks to Roxana’s dedication, I have developed stronger leadership, organizational and communication skills and have more confidence in myself."
-Ana Martins, student
Worldhealer’s Community Development Program
There are many definitions of community development but the basic concept was stated by the United Nations in 1948.
“Community Development is a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with its active participation and fullest possible reliance upon the community’s initiative.”
(quoted in Head, 1979:101)
Worldhealer believes that a positive community embraces diversity and recognizes that all community members have a right to a fair chance to flourish and participate in processes that affect their lives. Worldhealer believes that we are only as strong as our weakest link and empowering individuals to develop self–identity creates positive prospects for their future and benefits the community collectively. Communities thrive when individuals appreciate and respect their cultural assets and develop their own resources. As they take pride in upholding the value of their community, each member feels invested in its progress and assumes a sense of ownership and responsibility for the well-being of their community.
Worldhealer paves the way for individuals to discover their own potential and then work as a team to respond to problems and needs which they share. As thus, community members are more likely to work together towards a common goal and help improve the quality of community life. Worldhealer does not pretend to know what is best for every community but we pledge to partner and use knowledge from each community in order to create programs to reach those goals. Worldhealer ultimately envisions a world where there is no longer a need for its services.
Direct communication and cultural exchange illustrates how problems in other countries affect our local communities and how our communities are microcosms of the wider world. By creating Worldhealer programs, it is our intention not only to assist individuals by providing them with the tools, opportunities, and community based sustainable practices, but to also connect diverse communities to knowledge, resources and the world. Allowing participants to be involved directly with others around the globe removes barriers of distance, culture, and language, and promotes human rights, social inclusion, equality and respect for diversity.
The Global Program is currently on hold pending funding.