4.4 Connecting

At this point, the project already has a plan. It has defined its needs and has established its priorities. There is a list of the people who can help to attain those requirements, and a list of what kind of aid is needed.

The best approach is to start with the simplest issue and with the resources at hand. Maybe there is another community or a school or a university nearby that can help with technical matters. Maybe there is a government program, or maybe there are groups of migrants who are interested in helping or providing guidance.

When beginning to look for help, many possibilities may arise for working with another organization or institution. The advantage of having a plan is that it dictates what things are acceptable and what things are not. Without a working plan, many communities tend to accept projects as they come, without considering whether they might bring problems rather than benefits. The community may be forced to dedicate time and effort to something that it may not need or is not in its interest.

Another important issue when asking for support is never to allow the people providing it to perform the activities in place of the community or the committee. If the aid means undertaking a task, it is necessary to do it together in order to acquire experience and independence. For example, if someone provides connectivity, the community will work with them in installing the service but should insist that this kind of support include training.

It is very important for the community to have the power to decide in all matters related to the access center. So it is necessary to stay involved in its operation and to have well-trained personnel and committee members.