Every development project that is supported by Heidelberg Sustainable Development Abroad e.V. (HeiSDA) goes through four phases:
1. Decision to support a community-initiated development project
As a rule, the ideas for development projects come from grass roots community groups. In close cooperation with our local partner NGO we then assess the proposals and decide which projects yield the most sustainable and effective results with our support. (See guiding principles.)
2. Fundraise for the project & training for the volunteers
A carefully selected team of motivated HeiSDA volunteers fundraises the required budget needed to support the project proposal, whilst raising awareness in their community for development partnerships. Also, the volunteers go through a training in, amongst others but not limited to, intercultural communication, development work, health and safety, to be aptly prepared for their stay on the project site. [None of the fundraised money will go to the volunteers’ travel expenses, but solely to the project costs.]
3. Assistance of volunteers with implementation alongside with the community
The well-trained team of HeiSDA volunteers goes into the communities to work alongside the local initiators of the project, consulting with them at site how to best carry out the project and to achieve the set aims. The projects are implemented by skilled and unskilled Nepali workers and all required materials are produced and bought in Nepal, strengthening the local economy. The volunteers provide additional workforce.The volunteers stay with local families during the project (around six weeks).
4. Monitoring and evaluation of the project
All development project that are supported by HeiSDA will be continuously and closely monitored during and after the implementation in order to guarantee its sustainability. Hereby we build on the expertise of the local partnering NGOs we decide to work with, e.g. in Nepal Partnership for Sustainable Development (PSD), that has an apt evaluation scheme in place.