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The Community Tool Box team greatly appreciates your visit to our site and we'd love to hear from you, and learn more about you and how you are using the resources on the site to support your community work. We encourage you to browse guestbook entries from visitors to our site and while you’re here, encourage you to subscribe to our eNewsletter to keep in touch and learn about new resources as they become available.

Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 November 2014 Felix Okhifo Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social worker, MSW and serving as Clinical Supervisor of foster care program in NYAP, a community based organization with a national spread. NYAP is a leader of positive change in the structures, systems and policies that impede empowerment of children, youth and their families.
I find your community tool kit on Advocating for Change helpful. It was my first time on your page.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
2 November 2014 Imelda Hernandez Houston, Texas 77015 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
First year as Chapter President, learning and hoping to help in making our chapter continue to grow for another 50 years!!!!
Research! Thank you for the tips!!!
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1 November 2014 lOUaNN GARCIA rOSWELL, NM 88201 UNITED STATES
Who I am Use of CTB
i AM INTERESTED IN HUMAN SERVICES I AM TAKING COLLEGE COURSES NOW. I AM INTERESTED IN THE EDUCATION THAT INMATES UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE GETTING. I THINK IF WE COULD KEEP THEM UP TO DATED ON THEIR CLASS WORK THAT WOULD BE PART OF THE BATTLE WHEN THEY GET OUT. NOT ALL FINISH ged
C ANT FIND ANYTHING ON THIS. OR DONT KNOW WHERE TO LOOK
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
31 October 2014 Carol LCSW,CASAC Brooklyn, NY New York 11217 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social worker and Agency Director of a Brooklyn-based substance abuse and alcohol treatment provider who serve the Metro New York area.
I have community organizing social work students who I have introduced to this website as a primer for making community needs assessment.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
30 October 2014 Stephany García Mexicali, Baja California 21353 Mexico
Who I am Use of CTB
We are a group of students from UABC in Mexicali, B.C. We want to make an intervention in a community, the main problem are drugs, consumed by teenagers.
We want to take some ideas
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
22 October 2014 Kat Liu-Asomua Auckland, NZ NA New Zealand
Who I am Use of CTB
Director of Independent Learning at Alfriston College, South Auckland.
Using your awesome resource to project plan changes to support better student centered 21st century learning at my school in low socio-economic neighborhood. Thanks so much!!!
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21 October 2014 dollie Mims bay Minette, alabama 36507 usa
Who I am Use of CTB
great information I could use. thank you to help become a stronger city and community
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
20 October 2014 Kimberly Dawkins Berry Greensboro, North Carolina 27410 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I've been retired from human services administration (aging and disabled) for18 months. Working with some local non-profits to help strengthen their goals objectives and Board membership
Just have discovered the community Tool Box and would love to use some of the materials but do not know how. Are they available for purchase? I see they are copyrighted but am very interested in using some. what is process?
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
12 October 2014 Erastus Uushona Windhoek, Windhoek 9000 Namibia
Who I am Use of CTB
I was born in Onashitendo, Uukwaluudhi. I spend my childhood at Ombalantu untill my grade 8. I complete my secondary school in 2004 st Gabriel Taapopi Secondary school.
I come up with ideas of set up the Youth organization the time I was working in the Ministry of Gender Equrand Child Warefare under the Programme to distribute foods to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Namibia , I observe how young people suffer especially in rural areas
Without Toolbox guidance, all my work will be in mess. I gain more experience on how to set up youth club, how to run a successful club, setting up a Board of Committee member.
I get all the support I wanted to run the club in a smooth and friendly way.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
8 October 2014 Masataka Kuraoka ,
Who I am Use of CTB
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
http://www.tmig.or.jp/index.html
Research Team for Social Participation and Community Health
We are also WHO collaborating center
I just found this site but this is the best website I have ever seen on community health. We support community health practioners like public health nurses in Japan through our research and trainning. I hope I can learn a lot from this site.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 October 2014 Rosio Almaguer Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA 93105 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am local to the Central Coast in California. I work for a local non profit and for purpose organization that provides financial and emotional support to local tri-county families of children diagnosed with cancer.
I use the CTB as a resource for my organization's evaluation and development phase.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 October 2014 ahmed ahmed Tizi Ouzou, -- Select -- 15000 Algérie
Who I am Use of CTB
I'm a teacher and researcher in local (community) development. I'm asked by local authorities to manage a community development project in a 100 000 inhabitants mountainous area.
I'm discovering Ctb, and I'm very surprised to note its adequacy in a country, an area so different of the USA.
I wish to try the model in Kabylie, a mountainous area not far from Algiers.
Ctb is very rich, and, perhaps, difficult to manage. For the moment I'm just learning it and need time and work for a project which begins in january 2015;
what kind of help may I expect? Are you interested by the project?
Kind regards . Ahmed
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22 September 2014 Loki backlinks Santiago city, Isabela 3311 Philippines
Who I am Use of CTB
im a web designer. to interact with the community.
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19 September 2014 Brett Rydzon Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
First-year MPH student at UIC focusing in Epidemiology. In the following year I am applying to medical school and considering working on a DrPH afterwards.
I just simply admire this website and will be subscribing to your newsletter. Thank you for all your work!
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
15 September 2014 chhabi ram baral kathmandu, bagmati 19272 nepal
Who I am Use of CTB
i read your community tool box . it is very interesting and knowledgeable to me , we have " children dream society " named organization, we are working with this institution, your tool box is very fruitful for me , thanks
it is very useful to me , i appreciate your effort. thank you
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
13 September 2014 Sabrina Peek Butler, Mo 64730 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
Member of the Elks lodge and assigned chairman if their Hoop Shoot program. I want to do good on my first try with good support.
I am new here and as the chairman. Any helpful tips or resources would be greatly appreciated.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
10 September 2014 Cynthia Charles New Orleans, Louisiana 70122 US
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Cynthia J. Charles and I am the Director of the Will W. Alexander Library at Dillard University. I was previously the Librarian and Branch Manager of the Austin Public Library, George Washington Carver Branch in Austin, Texas and Library Director at Texas College in Tyler, Texas.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies - Arts & Humanities, from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master's in Library and Information Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. I am currently working on my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership online through Concordia University-Portland, OR.
We are taking advantage of the FREE webinars!
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9 September 2014 Isiaka Akande Toronto, ON M1J 1G3 Canada
Who I am Use of CTB
Support Care Works, Research, and Operations
This is my first contact with your program. I will research what you provide and my job needs to give a definite answer.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
27 August 2014 wandisanga kayira ntcheu, central province malawi
Who I am Use of CTB
am a data monitoring assistant for a maternal and child health project, am also a student at the catholic university of Malawi studying monitoring and evaluation
the community tool box is a great resource not only for me but also my workmates. we are in the process of writing a concept note for a project and we have found the community tool box very valuable
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21 August 2014 Bala Ibn Shehu Uthman NINGI, BAUCHI NIGERIA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a field worker and a part time lecturer at College of Health Technology Ningi Bauchi State Nigeria. I am working as LGA Facilitator ( a contractor) for WHO polio eradication initiative (PEI) in Bauchi State Nigeria as one of the surge capacity staff of the organization. I found this site very interesting, educating and very helpful. I hope to donate to this site and continue to donate for this very important service to community/humanity. Thanks...keep it up please.
It supports me in preparing my lecture notes to students and in delivering my services at the community level. Thank you very much.
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20 August 2014 Trisha Wansel York, PA 17402 Springbury
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a Certified Peer Specialist. I am also Certified in Forensic Peer Support. I am also a Nami Co facilitator and I am on the State Advirsory Board for Community Care Behavioral Health. I am one of the co chairs for our local CSP program. I am a person who likes to learn different things and new ways of teaching people.
I just came across this website. I would like to know if there is a website that I can go to get a list of different topics for to talk about in our Peer Power Group, which we have every Friday morning at our Office.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 August 2014 Paul Chan Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 46000 Malaysia
Who I am Use of CTB
i am the co-founder of HELP University (Higher Education Learning Philosophy). i started with US 5,000 with my wife in 1986, It has grown from 30 students to 12,000 students. We are a social business enterprise and we donate US 7.5 million each year to help the needy and disadvantaged. As a university, we have grown global and have various collaborative models with many universities in US, United Kingdom, Australia and China. i would like to invite UK students under student mobility to visit us. We used to have MBA students from U of T, Austin and American University doing credits with us.
i just discovered the CTB and find this useful. i plan to use this to expand the Project Self HELP which we started for 90,000 refugees under UNHCR in Malaysia. I also plan to use this to start inter-racial community projects to promote racial harmony in our multi ethnic and multi religious society.
i also support through scholarships students from earthquake areas in China.
i hope to connect to you all and learn more how to use the CTB to help disadvantaged and needy people.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
15 August 2014 David Raleigh Lexington, KY 40515 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an Education Recovery Leader for the Kentucky Department of Education. I work with low performing middle and high schools in Louisville, KY.
I've been using the sections from the tool box regarding strategic and action planning in my school improvement work. However, I plan to use other sections as well.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 August 2014 rashid mohamed Nairobi, kenya somalia and ethiopia 00254 kenya
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Rashid Mohamed working with international Agency named ORDO(onkod releif development organisation) as CEO of kenya.somalia and ethiopia currently based in ORDO-Nairobi office .
have just known to be educative center and decided to partner with them for gaining more skills
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 August 2014 Liria Garrison Glassboro, N.J. 08028 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I'm a 53 year old women, mother of 5 grown child married 34 yrs. My husband had several affairs. We were high school sweethearts. You could have never told me I would have ended up in a marriage like the one I am in. I had two minor strokes(TIA) thank God nothing to serious he helps me but he doesn't want to be here anymore. He won't leave, but staying is causing extreme discomfort mentally and psychically. Did I mention He had a child out of this affair.
The Community Tool Box has given several ideas on how to recruit members, how to start the meeting, and tips on handling difficult group members.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
23 July 2014 Juli Pack Enid, Oklahoma 73701 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
My background is as a Social Worker in the field of healthcare. I recently was hired as a Program Coordinator by RHP for a Network Development grant to expand the existing Community Health Improvement Organization (CHIO) into two neighboring counties. The goal is to bridge provider efforts with community efforts to improve the overall health of the community.
Though I have a history of working with medical providers and the communities, approaching and selling providers and community members on a new concept such as the CHIO is new for me. The information in the Community Tool Box has helped reinforce the things I knew and enlightened me on so many ways to approach this. THANK YOU!
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
23 July 2014 DAVID ABAGI NAIROBI/BONDO, SIAYA KENYA
Who I am Use of CTB
AM 35 YEAR OLD. AM A KENYAN CITIZEN. I WAS BORN 35YEARS AGO IN MAGAWA VILLAGE IN SIAYA COUNTY FORMERLY SIAYA DISTRICT. I AM CURRENTLY PURSUING DIPLOMA COURSE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AT KENYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT. I STARTED A COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION SOME TWO YEARS AGO WITH AN AIM OF SENSITIZING AND MOBILIZING THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND AND TAKE ACTION ON SOCIAL CHALLENGES AFFECTING THEM.
I HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH IT. BASICALLY IT IS VERY DETAILED AND RESOURCEFUL. THIS IS DEFINITELY GOING TO HELP ME DURING MY WORK.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
17 July 2014 Christina Johnson Marion, IN 46952 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
We're an organization looking to collaborate with other members within the community that helps prevent intimate partner violence.
We've been able to really have a glance at the articles that connect risk and protective factors. We've also had the chance to look at programs that have been effective for specific age groups. This website is amazing! Keep up the good (hard) work!!
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17 July 2014 akbar mohamed Dindigul, Tamilnadu India
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an English hungry man who would like to teach and train people in speaking learning and writing. I am running 38, smart looking with a flair for English language. I have a beautiful family and enjoying a peaceful life. I am crazy on English movies and a voracious reader of classics. Looking forward for more progression...
to be precise.. this is may energy
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
15 July 2014 Alexus Kennedy-Vanheusen Gainesville, FL 32607 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I have a Master's Degree in HR and I am currently looking for work, and information to prepare me for positions in HR.
As stated
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6 July 2014 Estrella Evangelista Las Vegas, NV 89129 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
A community advocate that aim to change the mindset from healthcare to health Resource guide for program proposal.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
6 July 2014 Ernesto Vasquez Portland, Oregon 97211 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am currently an undergraduate student studying Music with a concentration in Education and Business Administration with minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Upon graduation, I plan to continue my education in the fields of Community Psychology and Music Education. In the future, I hope to establish a music education nonprofit organization for at-risk youth in urban communities.
I have just recently stumbled upon the CTB and I can tell it will be a great resource that will expand my knowledge on how to pursue community engagement for positive change.
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 July 2014 Mahawa Komala Monrovia Liberia, Monrovia N/A Liberia
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Mahawa Komala from Liberia west africa, I am a volunteer member of a peace building organization in Liberia called (Everyday Ganhis) our mission is to educate and inspire the public, supporting peace through sharing stories and experiences that illustrate fresh thinking, respect for traditional culture,restoration of nature, innovative media, and the importance of community storytelling. as a peace-builder, as we understand it, is the inside-outsider who, by tending to that role, catalyzes the wisdom of an individual or community to restore its intrinsically sustainable authentic nature.
The community tool box has been very helpful to me and also my work in the community, I dream to become a environmental scientist, I have interest in community issue and development, I get most of my article from the community tool box, whenever we have a project to undertake in our community I used the community tool box to get all of my information in during my presentation, I am very thankful to the university of Kansas of creating this tool box for us.

Thanks

Mahawa Komala
Liberia
Date Name City,State/Province Zip Country
4 July 2014 FREDERICK NUURI-TEG Tamale, Northern Region +233
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a 25 year old gentleman and a graduate student of the University for Development Studies,Tamale, Ghana where I am currently studying MSc Community Health and Development.I am also an intent at a non-governmental organization called SavanaSignatures. I have personal interest in activities that has to do with community development which explains my desire of being a community developer especially in the area of health so as to improve lives of people wherever i find myself.
The tool box with its rich content will go a long way to equip me with the necessary resource and knowledge to effectively undertake any community development programme.
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27 June 2014 Tami Ruckman Asheville, NC 28806 United States
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the Director of Development at Eliada Home for Children, and have been doing program planning and fundraising for non-profits for 25 years. My background is social work.
I have used Community Tool Box for years - it helps me write grants, develop outcomes, lead processes, develop protocols, and so on. It is like "planning in a box". It is everything I have learned about non-profit work in outline form! I love it!
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25 June 2014 Betsy Stapleton Hephzibah, GA 30815 USA
Who I am Use of CTB
I retired and have volunteered to work with a group who has shown interest in building a substance abuse program ministry in our church and local community. At the present time, we researching credible sources to build this incredibly needed program.
In searching for credible sources, I came across Community Tool Box site and was highly impressed with valuable information. I have not gotten into using the Community Tool Box, because I have not found whether or not substance abuse would be in the program at all. However, I decided to make contact and ask specific questions if we could possibly get help from this amazing organization.

I did subscribe to the eNewletter.
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24 June 2014 Jennifer Leaf , Hawke's Bay New Zealand
Who I am Use of CTB
A group of art and design students from a local tertiary institution, Eastern Institute of Technology, presented to our parks team and Councillors on design ideas for an upcoming park revitalisation - one of the groups referenced ctb.ku.edu - that seemed familiar!
I am a KU alum (Bachelors Geography '87 and MSEd '92)
Good resource you have here - being used around the world!
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16 June 2014 Bagrmwin Lawrence Nandom, Wa 5 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a student of the University for Development Studies. I am reading masters in community health and Development. I work with the Ministry of Health in Ghana as a Nurse Practitioner
It help me in understanding key concepts in community health and development as a student. After my studies, it would health me in establishing foundation that would be devoted to community work.
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14 June 2014 Binta Moustapha Calabar, Cross River State 54002 Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
Binta Moustapha teaches Basic Science and Biology at a privately owned school where she also heads the Mathematics, Science and Technology Department to earn a living.

She is most noted for her efforts towards promoting mathematics, science and technical education for young Nigerian learners especially girls since 2010 through a nonprofit organization which started as B'da Best Concepts but now registered as The Best Education for Development Foundation.

She has just opened an adult and Continuing Education Center this May 2014 to help young girls and women who were withdrawn from western schools for marriage acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively in the Community.

She just qualified for an award which recognizes women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics-(STEM) across Africa and Middle East sponsored by the United States Department for Education and Cultural Affairs.

This award is an all expense paid 5 weeks Internship at Washington DC and Silicon Valley in San Francisco USA scheduled for the 30th to the 5th of November 2014.

She looks forward to partnerships, empowerments and collaborations that will help develop her initiatives in Nigeria.
The Community Tool box has been a map to provide structure and content for my work.

The information and guidelines are indispensable.
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10 June 2014 Salomé Meyer Cape Town, 7700 South Africa
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a social worker by training, worked mainly in community development for most of working my career (full time). Became involved in cancer as a volunteer and for the last 20 years have focussed in this field using community development skills in a consultancy and voluntary capacity. Am also an active independent cancer advocate - using political and media advocacy focussing on breast and cervical cancer that is shows the highest incidence and mortality rates for women in South Africa and Africa.
I came across your website with the most wonderful toolkits and references – I do have to say that it is SOOO great to see work shared in the public domain. I am from Cape Town, South Africa – and involved in advocacy – which in SA is not really as developed as in many other countries. We are in process of developing an Advocacy and Communication training course for cancer non-profit organisations, and will be implementing a massive media based campaign for Advocates for Breast Cancer (ABC) around breast cancer policy development. In the notes we will make specific reference to your toolkits and will further refer the toolkits to the our colleagues in the AORTIC African Cancer Advocacy Consortium (ACAC).
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8 June 2014 Youchaou TRAORE Bamako, Mali Mali
Who I am Use of CTB
I am the executive director of a local NGO dealing with community development activities like health, education, IGA, youth development, etc.
This is my first time to discover your web site and tool box. It helped me a lot improve the action plan of my organisation and it has been particularly helpful for my junior staff who found it very simple and easy to use. Thank you very much for developing these tools and making them available for free for the development of humanity. You are doing a great job. Thank you very much.
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8 June 2014 Ikleen Ibrahim Tamale, Northern Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a masters student at the University for Development studies. i am enrolled in the Community Health and Development Program. i have a keen interest in community work, a result of several years of observing the worsening plight of may communities in my country. this is despite the fact that so much has been attempted by government and other organizations to make things better.
The Toolbox for me is a timely intervention. From community assessment to developing advocacy campaigns, the toolbox gives me all the information needed to go into action. its emphasis on participatory methods for sustainable initiatives is worthy of note and emulation. My plans are already in motion towards setting up a research, advocacy and policy analysis organization and one of my worries has been sourcing of funding. the toolbox is therefore particularly resourceful in that light, i am grateful to Prof. Stephen B. Fawcett for introducing me to this resource.
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5 June 2014 ADONGO ATOGUMLEMYA PROSPER YUA-NAVRONGO, GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am ADONGO ATOGUMLEMYA PROSPER a native of Yua-Navrongo and a graduate student studying community health and development of the university for development studies.
it is a very important source for me to get information for my assignments.
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5 June 2014 Abubakari Sumaila Gariba Bawku, Upper East Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
Am an Msc. student in community health and development at UDS Tamale, am also a registered nurse and a nurse tutor at the presby NTC, Bawku
Am using it assist me in community field work and in teaching my students as a source of information
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4 June 2014 Dr. Young Usen , Nigeria
Who I am Use of CTB
I am an educationist by profession. Have traveled wide across the different continent of the world. Am very concern and passionate about the pathetic condition and lack of proper development and organization of most communities in my country, and how to bring improvement to support what the government is doing. I have been considering starting an organization that will partner with private and government bodies and contribute to the improvement, provision of basic services and development to the less privileged citizens in their various communities across the nation. In my quest for useful and helpful materials, i stumbled on the Community Tool Box.
Have just downloaded all the PowerPoint slides. Am studying them slide by slide. Afterward, I intend to start recruiting a team of volunteers with similar vision and passion, train them using the community tool box materials, then we will launch the Community Organization for Development Initiative across my nation. I am optimistic that with the rich content of the CTB, I will be able to effect an action that will eventually benefit the ordinary citizen in my Country. I also want to make further contact with CTB organization for any kind of affiliation that might be available. Thank you very much for the good job with the CTB.
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4 June 2014 ANYOKA BEDE TAMALE, GHANA
Who I am Use of CTB
I am a post graduate student of University for Development Studies, studying community health and development. who wish to go into the academia that into lecturing and helping the rural communities in Ghana.
i wish to use the community tool box in my quest to be a lecturer and to design community interventions that will help solve my community problems.
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4 June 2014 M.Arsalan Tahir korangi, karachi 75160 pakistan
Who I am Use of CTB
we are youth group working for youth of korangi , we are empowering our fellows by train them on different topics and life skills , which can make them benifical for society
CTB IS HELPING us by making us understand the concepts of community ,we use the speciman of fund rasing module and lectures
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4 June 2014 David Dumakawe Tamale, Tamale +233 Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is David Dumakawe, a Community Health and Development student of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. I am a entrepreneur but with a community nutrition background.
As a Community Health and Development student, with an interest in the area of health literacy, this is just the resource i need to be able to embark on this exercise. In Ghana and mostly especially Northern region,one can have cases of high Antenatal Clinic visits but low supervised skilled deliveries, and this is a worrying trend because of our quest to reducing maternal and infant mortality. My work is going to be a lot more easier with this community tool box as my guide. It will also help me in managing my business as well, most especially in areas of selling my ideas and work to people using social marketing techniques and principles.
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4 June 2014 Ikleen Ibrahim Tamale, Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
I am master student, studying Community Health and Development. I have a keen interest in community issues and participatory methods for sustainable development.
The Toolbox is to me a resource like like none other. It is giving me a more practical insight into the assessment of community needs and resources, building leadership and dealing with opposition. Among other things I am glad that I can readily see what others have done in their situation and be able to adapt and customize it to fit mine. I am about starting an advocacy and policy research organization and the toolbox resource on funding proposal is very informative. It really straigtens all ambiguity and for me, research, teaching and training, as well as building partnerships for future developmental projects just got easier. I am grateful.
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3 June 2014 Rashid Kawawa Abubakar Bolgatanga, Upper East Region Ghana
Who I am Use of CTB
My name is Rashid Kawawa, a male. I trained as a teacher and a development specialist. I am currently pursuing a master of philosophy in Community Health and Development at the University for Development Studies-Ghana, hoping to help ensure a healthy Ghana and the world as a whole with my new skills.
Globally, there is wide acclamation of the importance of sanitation to education, health, well being and development. However the attention given to sanitation issues especially in Ghana is so scant with about 90% of Ghana's population having no access to improved basic sanitation (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, 2008). Studies have shown that schools lacking such amenities as toilets and access to water create an unwelcome environment which leads to absenteeism and finally resulting into drop out, (The Borgen Project. The importance of sanitation to education, Feb.2013)
In Bolgatanga Secondary School, this issue has reached crisis proportion because even though there are some few toilet facilities around, they are so dysfunctional that almost all the students (1000+ , both sexes), practice open defecation. This practice undermines their dignity and compromises their fundamental human right. The Community Tool Box will help me to design an intervention tailored to mobilize resources that can provide basic water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure to make Bolga Secondary School the destination for effective academic work. But also, the intervention will inculcate education and awareness creation into the students to bring about the desired behavior change, especially the issue with open defecation. This will allow the students to stay healthy and improve performance. KAWAWA

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