Heroes Are Merely Human

We like to look at heroes and point to the leaders who “changed everything for the better.” If you take a moment to think of a few heroes, you might come up with names throughout history of men and women who have been heroes of science, or humanity, or of your faith. We look at…

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A Clearer Purpose and Direction

Robert did not have any formal training on how to effectively serve his community until working with Cultivate. His community organization is working to address extreme poverty in Kampala, Uganda. Because of Cultivate, Robert is learning how to manage his time better, improve his computer skills, and set clear goals for himself and his organization. He…

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The Challenges of Funding for International Development 

There are many challenges international development organizations face. Often, they work in a context where poverty and oppression are commonplace for most members of the community, and where the lack of infrastructure, good governance, and human resources creates even more difficulties. However, for most nonprofits and NGOs, having adequate funding is still the biggest challenge…

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Cultivate A Different Kind of Holiday Season

There has been so much talk about how this holiday season is going to be different because of the shipping delays and the break in the supply chain.  You may not be able to order the “IT” gift in time, or the chocolate you serve every Christmas may be stuck in transit in some port…

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Trying a Different Approach

How can we best work with communities and their members to produce lasting change? We must ensure they are the ones driving and determining what happens to their community.

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Overcoming Learned Helplessness

How can we support people in finding ways to overcome their dependency and helplessness even when they are not the ones to blame? The process of overcoming helplessness and dependency starts with the heart and mind, and is anchored in hope.

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Self-Reflection: Time Management

How Do You Manage Your Time? In our intro course, we ask our trainees to evaluate their time management. Whether you are in a culture that highly values time, or in a culture where time is held more loosely, your relationship to time is important. As leaders of nonprofits, NGOs, and community-based organizations, we likely have…

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Changing the Cycle: The Health Crisis of Period Poverty

Like many other students in Kenya, Jane’s life has been affected by the cycle of poverty. Although she is old enough to attend secondary school, the difficulties of purchasing basic needs have taken away many educational opportunities. Whenever she had her menstrual cycle, she would miss school. Unable to afford sanitary pads, Jane either shared…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global South

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply impact our global trainees, as it has for members of our own immediate communities. Great challenges and devastation are limiting these community leaders’ access to resources for their programming as well as their own livelihoods. We asked our trainees how their communities are being impacted, and they shared…

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