Fund is a model developed by AVAG that concentrates
on providing the villagers with the basic infrastructure
to organise and take responsibility for their own village
services. Most villages do not have proper roads, drainage,
electricity and drinking-water facilities, and many of the
school-buildings and public places are badly dilapidated
and need urgent attention.
Council first decides on a project they believe is the most
urgent. The villagers then plan and make an estimate. They
try to secure funds for the project from the established
government sources, as AVAG keeps the Councils well aware
of all the government schemes accessible to the villages.
If government funding is not forthcoming, the Council calls
upon all the villagers to try and raise the funds themselves.
amount is too large to raise within the village, the Council
can apply to AVAG's Microproject Fund. To be eligible for
AVAG's support, the villagers themselves must provide one
third of the cost, in cash, in kind or labour. AVAG also
ensures that the Council has a proper plan to maintain the
them build the skills and the leadership qualities they
need to undertake projects, as well as facilitating them
to look in-depth at issues and schemes affecting them.
The end result
is that when a village has worked together to implement
a project, they end up with not only an improved facility
for the village, but a sense of "can do" about
themselves, and the readiness to take up more and more community