July 10, 2012
Continuing from the work that January’s Team Peru students completed for the NGO Network, Katie, Caitlin, Nadine, and I have immersed ourselves in this ongoing, multilayered project. After a year of network events, conferences, and dialogue, our mission this summer is to determine the next tangible step for the Sacred Valley Network. Traveling to Cuzco, Lamay, Urubamba and Ollyantantambo, we’ve asked organizations probing questions about the value of the network and how they envision it in the future. The NGO Network project, in my opinion, may be the most challenging and ambiguous project that AASD has taken on. The main question this summer will be how do we continue creating incentive for non-profits and local organizations to meet, network, and partner together – a concept taken for granted in the U.S. but which seems to play a smaller role in organizations here.
It’s amazing to think we are halfway through our stint this summer; after weeks of surveying organizations spread throughout the Valley, we are creating an action plan for the rest of the year, if not for the next couple years. We’re excited to expand on our online platform and different methods of social media, and we’re getting down to the nitty gritty of outlining and planning workshops, site visits, and social events that appeal to a broad range of organizations. AASD has tackled an important problem in addressing the efficiency of NGOs and non-profits working in this area. Whether it’s through alliances and partnering, or merely sharing of best practices, efficiency, and knowledge, AASD hopes to initiate and sustain open lines of communication and awareness of neighbor organizations in this region of Peru. ~Monica Kelsh
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