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Emergence at Work

The Community Builders network is a group of humanitarian organizations operating in Canada, Haiti, Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Currently, Community Builders has 38 partnered organizations in nine countries using five different primary languages. To date, 100,000 beneficiaries have received self-sustaining support from Community builders in the areas of housing, small business development, medical aid and sustainable agriculture.

Community Builders was founded in 1983 and has a mission is to support communities of extreme poverty in their quest to find natural pathways to wellness and self-sufficiency. Community Builders values respect for all persons, sustainability, open learning and emergence and has a vision to increase its efforts globally, keeping its distinctive decentralized structure.

Community Builders utilizes a bottom-up development approach and applies a sociological modeling of emergence in its activities. Emergence is the phenomenon which explains the self-organization of groups through random interactions, feedback loops and pattern recognition. Community Builders supports social environments which allow participants to use heuristic methods (discovery through trial and error) to achieve their goals.

The administrative office of Community Builders is located in Vancouver and serves partnered organizations in Canada and internationally. Community Builders is the beneficiary of pro bono services offered by a network of entrepreneurs, community professionals and experienced volunteers. Capital funds for new self-sustaining efforts are provided by benevolent investors and by partnering enterprising non-profit businesses.

Community Builders has an open philosophy for growth and development and welcomes applications from community-minded groups in any country who are committed to helping persons of extreme poverty through bottom-up and self-sufficient methods.

 

 

 
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  Whole Life Housing
Whole Life Housing centres are designed to be self-organizing communities that promote best practices of supportive and transitional housing. The four pillars of Whole Life Housing are tenant empowerment, private capital investments, relationally-based staff, and social service innovations.
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Sustainable Villages Initiative
 

cbidSustainable Villages Initiative (SVI) has been active since 1988 through partnerships with locally-developed community-based organizations (CBOs) in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. A CBO is created when local citizens in rural areas unite to plan sustainable ways to improve the quality of life for their own families and all persons in their villages. The CBOs are supported by Canadian philanthropists and community developers. Participants receive capital grants to start community-based businesses and gifts to support medical and agricultural efforts which benefit entire villages. The outcome of an effective CBO is an economic stimulus that increases per capita income and reduces systemic problems such as under-five mortality, maternal death and untreated diseases.
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Parent and Child Development Services (PCDS) is a Community Builders sponsored endeavor which supports at-risk children and parents in Greater Vancouver with housing and independent living assistance. PCDS is cost-effective and privately funded. The initiative provides an alternative to government-funded support services for parents and children.

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