Along the line of increasing personal agency, I wonder if it will turn out that the members of the households will not be only "objects" of the mapping and interviews, but will themselves contribute as "co-investigators," "co-discoverers"--
Lwala Community Alliance, Love it. It's really terrific to read the comments from other experienced workers in similar endeavors all over the globe, and to see how your thoughtful responses incorporate those good ideas as they flow in! What a beautiful world. As a follower in Nashville, at Vanderbilt, and someone who hopes to be a volunteer mapathoner, I am moved by the possibility that I can get to know the community of Lwala in a more personal way-- to walk those roads (virtually) and to imagine the children living in the houses we map. LCA Exec Director James Nardella spoke to us at a Nashville meeting about "neighborliness" as a core feature of LCA. We have seen photographs of a Lwala newborn ("a good baby!" my friend a NICU nurse proclaimed when she saw the pic) and heard stories about how young girls can stay in school after they start their menstrual cycles thanks to reusable sanitary pads (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and sewn by the Lwala women's sewing cooperative)...the more I know, the more the people of Lwala FEEL like my neighbors. Perhaps a consequence of enlisting us far-away supporters will be to put US in the neighborhoods and villages as well!