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- ItemThe 1441 Spring Road NW affordable homeownership project : Washington, D.C.(Southern New Hampshire University, 2006) Cristaldo, Mario; Camayd-Freixas, YoelManna Inc. proposes to develop an affordable homeownership project in the Columbia Heights neighborhood for thirteen residents of Washington, D.C. Participants of the project will buy affordable units in a newly renovated building in 24 months. Working under the auspices of Manna Inc, we will raise financial support through foundations, private financial institutions, and city government agencies to develop a three-story building. Four tenants who are organized in a tenants association occupy this building. Manna Inc has an affordable housing program that will work with members of the 1441 Fernwood Tenants' Association and other members of the homebuyers club as well as any other low or mid-income family who meet the requirements of the project. Manna Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of Manna Inc, will prepare these individuals and families to pre-qualify them for their mortgages after they have completed an individual mortgage readiness program. Tenants and other potential homeowners will also meet regularly with various Manna staff to secure support for the project within the community, among elected and city officials and other stakeholders. Tenants will participate in training sessions for capacity building in a pre and post purchase program. We will evaluate the success of this project by determining: A) Number of the initial tenants who completed the individual mortgage readiness program (measured as qualifying for a mortgage). Some of them will be buying with copurchasers. B) Participation of tenants in meetings with Manna Inc and training sessions and with the homebuyers club (HBC). C) Number of tenants buying a unit in the building and becoming homeowners. (Author abstract)
- Item5 star hotel employee motivation in Heraklion, Crete(Southern New Hampshire University, 2009) Pratsinakis, Dimitrios; Lazana, FilioThis paper aims to identify key points in the motivational situation of 5 star hotels in Crete. This is a virgin research area for the region, as no attempt has been made previously to identify these points. First, the paper reviews and compares the main motivational theories presently in existence; and second, within this context, the paper will introduce and analyze the forms of motivation used with the working force in the local community and economy in Heraklion, Crete, and more specifically, with its 5 star hotels. The paper's conclusion is a simple one: motivation is a tool that is needed in the workforce of any company, and the ability to use motivation in effective ways is a key aspect for operational 5 star hotel employee motivation in Heraklion, Crete. Success, although, as the findings will suggest, what these particular employees need is simpler than described in text books. This paper highlights the importance of the current situation this particular segment of the workforce (that of 5 star hotels) faces as experienced by the workforce itself. This results in a unique understanding of motivation for the target population of the study. Recent literature in cluding up- to- date articles and text books have been used as a reference throughout. (Author abstract)
- ItemAccessing information(Southern New Hampshire University, 1999) Chu, Hiep; Miller, DavidThis report examines the barriers that exist in encouraging civic participation of Vietnamese immigrant communities in Boston and throughout the United States. (Library-derived description)
- ItemAcre Plan outreach and education project(Southern New Hampshire University, 2003) Harden, John; Aricanli, TosunLowell, MA is currently implementing an urban renewal project in the Acre neighborhood of the city. Commonly known as the Acre Plan, this 20-year project was created with input from residents and others in the city, as required by the terms of the Urban Renewal laws that also give the City broad power to implement change, including the power of eminent domain. This residential input will continue. Due to the transient nature of the Acre community, there is a constant risk of losing continuous representation as well as having representation that is undereducated about the intentions and problems of the Plan. The purpose of this project is to create a structure to continually educate groups of residents, and enable them to meaningfully negotiate with city officials during the full implementation period of the Plan. Since the beginning of this project, a group of residents has met regularly, familiarized themselves with the Plan, received training in areas they felt were necessary, and engaged in successful negotiation with city officials on issues important to area residents. (Author abstract)
- ItemAdams-Morgan CDC internship(Southern New Hampshire University, 1989) Spann-Edwards, Cheryl; Swack, MichaelThis report is an analysis of the Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant Community Development Corporation in Washington, DC. The report provides an overview of the organizational structure of the agency and the author's experience working there. (Library-derived description)
- ItemAdvocating for out of school youth employment : conversations with youth from Central Harlem(Southern New Hampshire University, 2000) Smith, Shanee'As stated in the thesis project, "The employment and earnings prospects of out-of-school youth, which includes low educational achievers and high school dropouts, have always been worse than those of high school graduates or of youth with higher educational achievements. Today, the differences in employment and earnings attributable to educational attainment are wider than ever. Major economic and business trends offer little hope that these differences will diminish. Furthermore, the rapidly growing youth population now experiences increasing pressure from: declining real earnings, competition for jobs from immigrants and former public assistance recipients, the impacts of incarceration, and a high rate of out-of-wedlock births...The role of this project on a local level was to help youth in Central Harlem identify their own issues to advocate for and document the experience of a group of out-of-school youth. With the help of a local church and some volunteers, the youth educated their peers by facilitating an employment workshop based on the group's overall experience. By facilitating various relationships between elected officials, the community and local businesses the youth were able to find summer jobs and participate in the second annual Harlem Youth Conference sponsored by Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-NY)." (Library-derived description)
- ItemAffirming our commitment : how capacity building and expansion of Christian Health Ministry, Inc. may benefit White County, Arkansas(Southern New Hampshire University, 2010) Cook, Ron; Jacobs, EricAs more citizens in the United States live without health insurance and lack sufficient access to affordable healthcare, communities have mobilized to create new equitable healthcare options for the working uninsured. In 2001 residents of White County, Arkansas formed Christian Health Ministry of White County, Inc. (CHM), as a faith-based, volunteer-only clinic to provide quality and affordable health and wellness services to the working uninsured. After nine years of providing basic health care and pharmaceutical services, CHM operates with limited funds, has few partners, faces a shrinking pool of volunteers, and suffers from leadership fatigue. While demand rises for expanded equitable healthcare options for the working poor in White County, Arkansas, the capacity and sustainability of CHM to meet those needs seems increasingly uncertain. The subject of this paper is a project conducted as an unpaid service to CHM. The Project conducted an organizational assessment of CHM, including potential contributions to community economic development. The short-term intent of the Project was to examine the organization's efficiency and effectiveness and explore opportunities to build capacity. A long-term outcome of the Project was to strengthen the position of CHM as a sustainable medical and wellness option for the working uninsured of White County and to increase the number of working uninsured who make CHM their medical and wellness home. (Author abstract)
- ItemAfrican community empowerment project(Southern New Hampshire University, 2012-06-17) Ibrahim, Mohammed; Nemon, Melissa L.African Community Empowerment (ACE) is a community economic development project for the African immigrant community on Staten Island’s north shore. The project is designed to correct lack of computer literacy, English proficiency, employment skills, and employment opportunity within the community. In depth literature review, surveys and community focus groups were performed in order to better understand the community, the issue and ways to correct them. The project therefore, is introducing a comprehensive CED programs that provide access to computer literacy, English as a second language (ESL), computer recycle and repair, and job skills and readiness. A project logic model and well as activity timelines were designed to facilitate project implementation. The project has applied for grant money, although; not yet approved, received in-kind donations of ten computers, support from community volunteers to provide tutorship and mentorship to students. The project is still looking for a suitable host location or organization. This project if successful could provide enormous benefit to the African community as it becomes savvy computer user with skills needed in order to become gainfully employed. It will also help the community toward self-sufficiency, they city and state to save money as immigrants come off public assistance. (Author Abstract)
- ItemAgriculture and farmland protection plan : a community economic development project(Southern New Hampshire University, 1998) Schlough, Charles; Swack, MichaelThe long-standing loss of farming and farmland in Tompkins County, New York has brought about numerous negative impacts on the agriculture industry, farm families, and rural communities. This project addresses causes and influences of this problem with an Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Major outcomes of the project include a set of goals, strategies, and a detailed implementation plan intended to economically strengthen agriculture and to retain farmland. The project has been virtually completed, with procedural steps of public presentations and County adoption expected by March 1998. Implementation is expected to get underway by April 1, 1998. (Author abstract)
- ItemAgua Florida Community Savings in Agua Florida, Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico(Southern New Hampshire University, 2001) Pena-Trejo, Juan; Karim, Abubakr M.As stated in the thesis project, "Agua Florida Community Savings (AFCS) is a non profit organization based in Agua Florida, Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This organization will help residents of Agua Florida who work in the United States to transfer their money to family members in Mexico at reasonable cost than sending money through conventional financial institutions. AFCS is committed to address the credit needs of the community of Agua Florida by making small and short term loans, helping the community finance small community projects, beginning compensating the community leaders and to start changing the political structure in the long run. Agua Florida is a small village located in the high mountains of Hidalgo, Mexico. It is 85 miles northeast of Mexico City. The nearest city is Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo which is about 30 miles away, where every resident of the area goes to shop and to sell their local products. The population of Agua Florida is about 350 residents. The majority of the young people have immigrated to work in the United States. Currently there are about 30 Agua Florida residents working across the United States, 60 percent are men over 18 years old. Residents have immigrated to the United States due to the lack of jobs and resources in the area. Prior to the 80s, the residents supported themselves by farming their land and making hand-made wooden crafts. The population has grown and resources have became scarce. Most residents depend on income from outside, especially from the United States. Most Agua Florida residents working in the United States use Western Union and MoneyGram to transfer their money to family members in Agua Florida. They spend an average of 15 percent in fees to transfer their money. Western Union charges $15.00 to transfer $100.00 and when the money is withdrawn in Mexico, Western Union pays far less than the exchange rate. In other words, to send money through Western Union, the sender pays twice for the service. The aggregate amount of money that is paid for transfer fees is significant and is something that the community can benefit from. Agua Florida residents spend about $150.00 dollar per month in transfer fees. This amount is one month's income for a resident of Agua Florida working in the community. The community can use the money which is being paid in fees for community projects, beginning with the creation of a salary for the community selectman. Currently, appointed selectmen work voluntarily for the community for a year. The community selectmen finances community projects by looking for government funds and collecting community taxes. The Agua Florida Community Savings (AFCS) is an alternative method to transfer money to family members in Agua Florida and the fee for the service is competitive compared to Western Union and MoneyGram. The task of AFCS is to help residents working in the United States to reduce fees when they transfer money and to generate revenue for community projects. The Agua Florida Community Savings is managed by a group of seven people from Agua Florida. Four members are working in the United States and two live in the community. The seven officers are elected every two years. The government structure of the AFCS allows every community member to participate in decision making. Agua Florida Community Savings (AFCS) will raise funds from the Agua Florida residents working in the United States. AFCS needs to raise a minimum of $500.00 to start offering money. Agua Florida Community Savings needs to transfer large amounts of money from one bank account to another bank account in Mexico to significantly reduce transaction fees. Since AFCS would not transfer large amounts of money, it will use a credit card in the beginning. The cost to use a credit card is relatively less than using Western Union. To transfer $100.00, it cost approximately $9.00 including annual interest. The money will transfer in the following steps. Four people are involved in the process. The "sender", the person who sends money to Mexico, will send the money to an AFCS representative in the United States. The AFCS representative in Mexico withdraws money from a Mexican bank in Ixmiquilpan and she or he gives the money to the "receiver." The AFCS representative in the United States will pay the credit card bill at the same day to avoid high interest. Any profit earned from AFCS will be used for community projects and to start paying community leaders.AFCS has advanced slowly in meeting its projected goals by the end of2001. AFCS organizers had projected raising $1,500.00 in donations and starting to offer the service of transferring money. So far, we have failed to make short term loans or start transferring money. It was difficult to raise enough funds due to instability of the residents working in the United States. The AFCS organizers regularly looked for alternatives to raising funds among the community members but were unable to succeed. It became more difficult to raise funds when the Enduring Freedom War began. Many community members working in the States returned to Mexico, ending their income source and thus making them unable to contribute to the project. Despite unexpected events, AFCS organizers are optimistic for success with the project but it will take more time than expected. The organizers expect AFCS to start operating at full steam by the end of April 2001." (Library-derived description)
- ItemAlternative learning and skills development project at Zanzibar and the gender equity testing certification and evaluation(Southern New Hampshire University, 2005) Ngowi, Maria Ainaso; Mcharazo, AlliIn Tanzania a number of people especially women in both urban and rural areas are unemployed. Many people are also lacking trade skills and knowledge to be able to employ them. However, those who are trying to increase their income through income generating activities do not have enough tools they lack knowledge to produce quality products for their customers. The existing system of the vocational training school especially in Zanzibar is limited and do not emphasize in enrolling women because of cultural and traditions that keeps women as homemaker and denies them to do business outside their homes. In addition, the poor curriculum development hinders women to join the vocational training. This paper analyses the impact of the existing system of VETA Tanzania with special reference to The Alternative Learning and Skills Development Project in Zanzibar a project under the Ministry Of Education Culture And Sports. The project is intending to establish a good reputable Vocational Education Centre in Zanzibar, as that would provide excellence for both male and female. The center is expected to carry a number of trades that would be responsive to gender requirements. The paper discusses on the findings of the research study conducted by the Canadian Technical Vocational (CTVG) in collaboration with local firm Merit International Limited together with VETA gender office of Tanzania. The gender component is much more analyzed in this study especially on how women in Arabic oriented culture are expected to behave. The paper discusses on how culture relate to employments and choice of the skills one wants to learn. The areas of study in this paper include literature review which discusses thoroughly about biological and sociological differences between men and women and how that affects their choices of trade skills and type of jobs. It analyses such areas as curriculum, Skills centre management, Social marketing strategy, and Business incubators and gender equity, testing certification and evaluation. The paper advocates for women participation through improved curricula designs that includes those trades skills that women desire the most. At the end, the paper gives recommendation on how the project in Zanzibar should carry out their activities. Although the study serves to improve all VETA schools in Tanzania, this paper is solid foundation and provide basis for future development of women in Zanzibar. (Author abstract)
- ItemAn alternative to privatization of transition economy state-owned enterprises : the case of China(Southern New Hampshire University, 2007-10) Wang, LiuRecent literature has focused on privatization in addressing the issue of making state-owned enterprises (SOEs) more competitive in the global marketplace. As a result, a number of SOEs have been privatized in many transition economies. Unfortunately, there have not been major performance improvements in the aftermath of privatization within these contexts. Therefore, we are interested in exploring whether privatization is an incomplete or maybe even erroneous solution to making transition economy SOEs more competitive. Using China as an illustration, this paper analyzes the possibility of employing contractual incentives as an alternative strategy in conquering SOE inefficiency, and proposes that a well-designed incentive system will work as an effective countermeasure as opposed to straightforward privatization in solving the SOE problems in transition economies.
- ItemAlternatives for community development, incorporated July 1982(Southern New Hampshire University, 1983) Ford, Adrian L.As stated in the thesis project, "Alternatives for Community Development, Incorporated (ACDI) is a Massachusetts for profit community development corporation established in July, 1982. ACDI was formulated as a joint venture between two non profits local agencies, Three Pyramids, Inc., Fitchburg, MA and Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC), Leominster, MA. Three Pyramids is a minority social service agency which currently administers various government contracts, i.e., After School Program, Nutrition Program, Information and Referral Program, as well as providing other services to meet the social and economic needs of minorities and low income area persons. MOC is a community action agency which services Leominster, Fitchburg and other surrounding areas. It is easily the largest social service/advocacy program in the area, with a wide base of funding (most recently topping $10 million). The Partnership agreement between the two non-profits delineates stock ownerships to the Boards of Directors of the two agencies with 51% of its corporate stock being owned by Three Pyramids, and 49% being owned by Montachusett Opportunity Council. This mix of control allows ACDI to be a minority business enterprise, thus affording eligibility for a variety of contracts and benefits as a minority business. Conceptually the project was put together by the staff of both MOC and Three Pyramids, and neither board was involved until the package had been put together and specific authorization was required to proceed and formulate the new corporation. The two agencies believed that this partnership can exist because of the reservoir of trust that has been built over the past ten years. Three Pyramids Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Ford, has once served as the Vice-President of the MOC Board (previous to this formed relationship) and had several as a "loaned executive11 to MOC as Director of the Research and Development Unit (the fore-runner of the ACDI idea). Three Pyramids currently contracts with MOC to do fiscal management and consultation services. Dorothy Wms. Proctor currently is a member of the MOC Board of Directors, Chairperson of the Affirmative Action Committee, and a member of the Boards Personnel Committee. Both agencies believe that a common philosophy/ purpose exists and both have identified the need for alternative strategies for both as a self dependency module, not being totally dependent on government funding. The common goal between the two agencies, ACDI, is the economic development of the community as a group effort, thus alleviating duplication of efforts, and more efficiently and effectively managing available resources." (Library derived description)
- ItemAmani and Upendo women group microcredit scheme development : Mbezi Ward - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania(Southern New Hampshire University, 2005) Njiku, Euphrasia Herman; Ngaruko, Deus D. P.This report is the output of the study which has been exploring ways in which the community based organizations can be used as instruments to alleviate poverty. The aim was to explore the extent to which the CBOs are practical, dynamic and potential actors in promoting desired socio-economic development activities in the struggle to alleviate poverty. Micro-credit, micro-financing and micro-enterprises are terms that have been used to describe and define the situation in which small loans are extended to people for the purposes of setting up small and usually self-employment projects that generate income. The research conducted aimed at examining micro-credit schemes as grassroots organizations, membership participation and accessibility, demand for credit and ways to increase lending portfolio through proposal preparations and their modus operand -which are inherent catalytic element to make them practical, dynamic, sustainable and potential in their activity sphere. The study has revealed that the credit facility is important in fostering small scale entrepreneurs to be more practical and proactive in delivering socio-economic activities. The role played by the CBO in creating entrepreneurial morale to small businesses in their locality is acknowledged. The CBO is ready to expand its services as acknowledged by demand of loans and readiness of members to access the loans. Borrowers are organized into groups and have showed their satisfaction with the current leadership. They have income generating activities, which reduce the risk of default. There are also effective mechanisms through which to disseminate valuable information on ways to improve relevant concerns of the members. Above all, the CBO has targeted one of the most vulnerable groups in society - women. By providing opportunities for self-employment, the micro credit programmes will significantly increase micro entrepreneurs' security, autonomy, self-confidence and status within the households. (Author abstract)
- Item[American Indian economic development](Southern New Hampshire University, 1983) Hunt, Sharon; Swack, MichaelAs stated in the thesis project, "The American Indian Community House (AICH) is a multi-purpose service organization which was established in 1969. Since that time, it has been the primary human service agency in New York City with Native Americans. It is the only agency in the City which is staffed and controlled entirely by Native Americans. Although New York City is not known for having a large Native American Indian population, according to the 1980 census, there are 11,500 Indian residents. While it is generally agreed that Indians are drastically undercounted in any urban census, it is useful to compare this figure to other cities in states which have a substantial Native American population. For instance, according to the same census, there are approximately 9,000 Indians and Eskimos in Anchorage, Alaska; 7,300 Native Americans in Albuquerque, New Mexico: 10,400 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and nearly 11,000 in Phoenix, Arizona. In this context, the American Indian residents in New York represent a relatively large urban Indian population. Since its inception the Community House has developed a wide range of services to meet the needs of its constituency. It was formerly the prime sponsor for Indian CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) and is now the prime sponsor for the Jobs Training and Partnership Act for Native Americans in the New York City metropolitan area. It also operates a federally funded Indian Health Program which provides limited primary medical care and referral services for medical and dental services; health education; limited treatment; and community outreach services to Indian clients. Four years ago, the Substance Abuse Program was established through funding by the New York State Division of Substance Abuse. The Program provides both information and referral services for individuals and their families and training resources for agencies which provide treatment for Indians. More recently, the Community House has established a Social Services Program to provide emergency food and shelter on an emergency basis. Moreover, the Community House also operates two major cultural programs. Native Americans in the Arts (NAIA), was started in 1979 as a theatre group that would present American Indian artists and their works to the general public. It is currently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Community House also operates a Gallery and Gift Shop in the Soho section of Manhattan. It generally mounts two major exhibits of traditional arts and crafts a year. Last year, it generated $37,500 in income for the organization. Today, the American Indian Community House is a $1.3 million dollar agency. However, with the exception of its cultural programs, it is totally dependent on federal and state funding for its operation. Further, many of its programs are limited to information and referral rather than more comprehensive services. Perhaps more importantly, the agency's priorities are determined by what is fundable for Indian programs and not what Indians in New York City consider to be most important. In this regard, the American Indian Community House proposes to establish a Community Economic Development Program. This program would seek to develop several projects which would respond to some of their immediate survival needs -- i.e., employment, cultural identity, temporary shelter -- and expand the organization's capability to generate income for its own use. This program would eventually become a separately incorporated American Indian Development Corporation that would remain affiliated with the Community House." (Library-derived description)
- ItemAnalysis of attitudes of Turkish citizens towards the effect of European Union membership on the economic, political, and cultural environment(Routledge, 2007-09) Aybar, C. Bulent; Mergen, A. Erhan; Perotti, Victor; Reid, David McHardyPrevious studies on Turkey’s possible accession to the European Union have mostly focused on the level of support for membership as expressed by Turkish citizens. The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on the specific expectations and perceptions of the Turks about the EU membership process, focusing on economic development, democratic progress, economic and political stability, and cultural influence. In both the focus group studies and the final survey, the authors targeted people who have some knowledge about the EU accession process and EU membership, namely, academics and business people.
- ItemApplying system dynamics modeling of innovation’s effects on wages(Southern New Hamsphire University, 2007-10) Beaudry, David N.Using system dynamics modeling tools, this paper explains the effects of innovations on relative international wages based on two countries. The Heckscher-Ohlin model of international trade is the bases factor-proportions theory. The paper also incorporates related research by Stolper & Samuelson, Vernon, Krugman and Dollar. System Dynamics Modeling is being used to demonstrate of innovation’s effects on wages because this type of modeling permits a visual representation of the cause and effects of innovation on wages in an international trade environment. The paper demonstrates the effects of innovation and technology adoption on relatives wage differential between the countries. It demonstrates the importance of innovation as a tool to maintain wages in a capital-abundant country and the importance of technology adoption in a labor-abundant country.
- ItemArranging suitable employment for immigrants from the Africa Great Lakes region living in Portland, Maine(Southern New Hampshire University, 2011) Ngarambe, Franck; Rivera, JolanThis project is established to teach 120 African immigrants English, financial literacy, American workplace culture, and to provide advice and networking for improved pathways to better employment. The focus of the work is Africans from the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, those who come from Burundi, Rwanda, and DR Congo. The Great Lakes people represent almost 800 people new to Portland in just the last 8 or 9 years. This project is important to the people of Portland and to the business owners and employers of Portland because these people are highly motivated to integrate into society, to speak English well, and to advance in their careers in their new home. The general problem for this community is that there are few who meet the requirements for early job success and even these 150 or so adults are unable to gain stable, well paying jobs and they lack an understanding of finances so they do not manage their money well. These people do not understand the American workplace culture and do not understand fully the various types of jobs available to them. As a result most families in this community are low income. The project focuses on 120 men and women chosen on the basis of their readiness for better employment and their motivation to succeed. The participants engaged in a series of courses, prepared themselves for interviews, engaged in networking with area employers, and began applying for higher level jobs with more confidence. The major outcomes to date are the completion of the coursework and the relationships developed with the business and financial community. The major challenges remain however as no one has taken a better job as a result of the project. The recommendations are to continue the program with more financing. Time is of the essence as more people are arriving and the economy begins to turn around. The people of the Great Lakes must be ready to take advantage of a better labor market, not just for themselves, but for their families and the whole community. (Author abstract)
- Item[Arthur G. Pomeroy House](Southern New Hampshire University, 1984) Perez, Joseph E.This report describes the process of redeveloping the historic Pomeroy House in Hartford, Conn. (Library-derived description)
- ItemThe Arusha community based rehabilitation support unit : the contribution of the community in improving the living condition of people with disabilities in Arusha Region(Southern New Hampshire University, 2007) Ngatunga, Angelus B.; Shungu, Hamidu AbadallahThis research reports the activities of Arusha Community Based Rehabilitation Support Unit, a local Community Based organization which aim at improving the living condition of people with different kinds of disabilities in Arusha region. The study findings reveal that so far the organization is has played a significant role in raising awareness about the needs and rights of people with disabilities in the community. As a result to this, community leaders, parents of children with disabilities and people with disabilities have been stimulated to work tirelessly to address the needs of people with disabilities in their communities. People with disabilities have received different services such as rehabilitation and referrals to different social services which in turn have improved their living condition.The results also show that the local NGOs , CBO and government authorities have played a significant role in supporting this initiative in addressing needs such as healthcare and education, just to name few, which could not be offered by this project to people with different kinds of disabilities.Despite the good progress made by this project and other organizations working with the communities to address their community needs, there is an urgent need for more support from Government and other stakeholders in order to mobilize resources which could address different needs of people with disabilities and community at large in the operational area. This is because Arusha CBR Support Unit perceives disability as a dimension of diversity which needs to be addressed from different angles; socially, economically, culturally and physiologically just to name few aspects. (Author abstract)