Be Ready for Change

I recently returned from a two week trip to Rwanda, where our partners Fred (Rwanda), Padox (Kenya), and Martinho (Mozambique) joined me for an intensive training focused on leadership, community development, and project sustainability. Our days were long, and by the end all of us were overwhelmed by how fantastic our time was together! Besides…

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Catching a Vision

As a new intern with Cultivate, I have been on a steep learning curve over the course of the past month. I am currently in the process of finishing my undergraduate degree in International Community Development and I have found this base of knowledge to be beneficial and relevant when interacting with the world of…

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Intimate Knowledge

Intimate knowledge of a community is key. Development is an ongoing process. Commonly mistaken as charity to the “third-world” (a term we at Cultivate avoid), development, in fact, occurs in nations of all economic levels. However, across the world, disparities do exist and some communities suffer more than others. I recently returned from a semester of…

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Alive with Possibility

A few years ago, Brand South Africa ran an ad campaign about South Africa with the slogan “Alive with Possibility.” “Alive with Possibility” meant that my country still had a long way to go but we were making our way there; we were not hopeless and without potential. When I think about community development, I…

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Breaking the Bondage of Dependency

Dependency is not something that can be easily talked about.  It’s not anything that anyone truly wants to own up to. You definitely don’t brag about it. I’m sure that few ever say “I’m so glad that I’m wholly dependent on this other person for my every need”. Though we were created to thrive in…

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Hello World. This is Cultivate.

I’m often asked what Cultivate International is, what we do, and what is my foundation for this work.  I’ll share more on this soon, but to begin I’d like to explain a bit of the theory and practice that has led to the creation of Cultivate. Cultivate has grown out of the knowledge that radical,…

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