Our CTCs are multi-functional facilities strategically placed in poverty-stricken areas to serve the surrounding communities. Our CTC in Neuheun, Aceh, for example, provides medical assistance for the 500 families living in that area. Other CTCs may provide sewing machines for struggling mothers, as well as computer lessons for children and working adults, dental care, and even health seminars on a regular basis. Our CTCs allow us to partner with local community members to ensure that their communities will become self-sufficient.
It is evident that the CTCs are wonderful catalysts for change in their respective communities. Some women are even using our sewing machines to start their own businesses to produce doormats, prayer rugs and other arts and crafts to generate more income. Struggling mothers have become more confident in tutoring their children after taking some of the literature classes in our CTCs. Students are shown to have improved in their Math and English skills through the guidance and lessons from our CTC staff. We also make sure that their medical needs are met as our medical teams make routine visits to these communities.
Trained members of the community, called internal facilitators, operate our facilities. This allows us to build effective relationships with the people of those communities. We believe that for a true communal transformation to happen, the actual townspeople need to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own town. That is why these facilitators are hand-selected by the community members and are given training by World Harvest for six months before they begin working. They are taught effective communication, community development theory, leadership and teamwork skills, facilitation techniques, participatory planning skills, problem solving, interview techniques and data compilation. Our internal facilitators allow us to build long-lasting relationships with the community we work in.