I want to revisit a topic I blogged about a couple years ago exploring the idea of “treating a community like a patient”. Though I still agree with the philosophy, practice and experience have evolved my opinion on the matter.
In November 2015 I wrote as general advice (and specific advice to my future self):
“Trust in the innate capacity of the Nepalese people to heal their own communities. They may have been shaken, but they’re resilient and know what’s best for their families. Look for obstacles you can help to remove. Consider what tools and skills they’ll need to support their recovery. Empower them to take control of their own development.”