Many of you who read my blog are aware that I am a community outreach/ organizer. I have talents that I put to use, plus I build on these talents through serving the community. Learning is an ongoing process and we should not limit ourselves. In an effort to streamline my activities I have created WanPot, which is a formally organized entity, that house all the projects in which I work. WanPot serves as a bridge to associations (especially women led organizations) that lack resources by connecting them to those resources. For instance, a local women’s association (Association Kamba Yinga) approached me to help write a grant for agri-business. The organization has no English speaker and of course the grant has to be in English. Not only do I help, but I also keep this association as a contact for community outreach projects which I run.
The goal of WanPot involves connecting people to information, resources, and building relationships through leadership in the “common good”. It is a forum for where I use my talents in the domain of community outreach/organization to help others achieve their potential. What’s more, monies that I receive for the work I do, I reinvest it in associations and projects. It becomes a cycle of give and take. For example, a grant that I was recently awarded goes to help a rural African community to generate income through tofu and soy product production. WantPot is my interpretation of collaboration and leadership in action. It is a way to generate money for projects that benefit communities without always asking for donations for these projects. This way communities are completely involved in the process and gives them a better understanding of the effort it takes to fund a community project. Thus far I have collaborations with the following associations:
Association of Women Pottery Makers of Tcheriba, Springboard for Higher Education, the International Bilingual and Professional School in Ouagadougou, and MISS.ORG. It is my hope that the partnerships will grow.
With this in mind Internationalesawyer who is the creator of WanPot is seeking your feedback on the logo design. Please take a few moments and vote on the logo design that you like the most. I selected a focus group to narrow the choices; these are the top three out of six.