Being part of the HandUp Congo team in 2014 was a special new learning experience. At the request of Lotumbe village leaders, I co-facilitated discussions, with amazing local Congolese facilitators, in developing sustainable realistic community development strategies. The participative processes included honouring the work to date over 100 years, and building a vision of the next 100! This was symbolized in the creation of a community song and dance, “Stand Up Lotumbe!”, which continues to be lived out of today, through the efforts of the revitalised Community Management Team, endorsed by the whole community at the church service at the time. I am committed to working with the DRC leaders via the HuC team in working towards sustainable, replicable community self-help processes.
I’ve always believed that together, we’re better. From Taipei and Kolkata, I support HandUp Congo’s efforts by maintaining the website, designing event flyers and spreading the word to women friends. The more people we can involve in putting the DRC on the world’s radar, the better.
Roma Mehta, artist and community activist