Pamoja CBO takes a participatory approach that gives the community full recognition in its programs. This is made possible through:
Community Collaborative Meetings (CCM):
These meetings are what guide Pamoja activities, and are an essential early step for working with the community. They provide the forum for addressing the organizations objectives. Community collaborative meetings include representation from self-help groups, support groups, community-based organizations, churches, schools, the Ministry of Health, and provincial administration (Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs) among others.
Community Working Groups (CWGs):
Pamoja acknowledges that communities are capable of creating lasting change for themselves and that sustainability depends on community leadership. They know the problems, they have the solutions and they can carry out the work that is required. We see our role as facilitating the process. We can bring groups together, involve technical experts to act as a resource for the community and build the community’s capacity for planning activities, carrying them out and measuring the impact of their efforts. Pamoja thus values networking. It works tirelessly to establish linkages with other organizations, relevant government ministries and funding organizations.
Continuous Community Education (CCE):
This is an innovative training model that uses a cascading approach to disseminate knowledge within the community. Field officers and community health volunteers (CHVs) are first taught “how to teach” and then have monthly trainings with experts on priority topics for the community such as HIV prevention, nutrition, sanitation, etc. The Field Officers and CHVs identify these priority areas during their fieldwork and by looking at the Annual Operation Plan (AOP) for the health sector. The teams then teach this same information to community members during their home-visits, caregiver meetings and other public forum.