We are now two years old! Beginning humbly with just a handful of Actioneers, we have grown to be a thriving organisation with over three hundred members now, and increasing. We are now registered with the government, have a website, and about to get a proper office room too – but most importantly we have AMAZING Actioneers on board!
When Actioneers say, “CA transformed our lives“, they’re giving CA more credit than it deserves!
Truth is, Actioneers have transformed CA!
As such, this is the time to look deep within ourselves as an organisation and be clear about our values, our mission and our vision. Why are we Actioneers? And what do we want to achieve?
First of all, Actioneers are unhappy with inequality, poverty, discrimination and oppression in our society. However, this is not what sets us apart from others. What really sets us apart is our strategy for change, that is, how we plan to bring about the positive changes we want to see in society.
Some organisations feel that education is the answer, some say it’s women empowerment, while others say it’s microcredit, and so on. But CA Actioneers feel that if our solutions lay merely in such actions, then by now the combined effort of organisations such as the UN, the domestic and international NGOs, and the government would have solved most of our problems, and CA would not have had to exist.
But if actions by themselves can’t solve problems, what can? Naturally, the answer is: ACTIONEERS!
Hence, our belief: Actioneers > Actions.
Through their social service work, Actioneers are expected to inculcate within themselves the following two values:
- We are moral human beings of this universe
- We are good citizens of Bangladesh
If CA is able to create a generation of moral, model citizens who are trained to care for the society around them, it won’t matter where our Actioneers end up –be it here or abroad, in the media or as housewives– they’ll still be serving society to the best of their capacities. We’ll have succeeded in creating not just an organisation, but a movement!
So next time when anyone asks you, “What does CommunityAction focus on? What does it want to achieve?” you can confidently answer, “CommunityAction wants all Actioneers to become moral, model citizens. We train ourselves to become such citizens by doing social service.”
Keeping these in mind, CA arranges a lot of workshops and training sessions exclusively for Actioneers. In 2011, we will not only arrange more of these, but will also incorporate this theme within the very fabric of our organisation. Hence, we’ll be restructuring all our units so that each unit arranges training programs for itself. Let’s start preparing ourselves from today to embrace this training! After all, it will make us better Actioneers!
In the meantime, stay tuned for some really exciting Actions coming up in 2011!