The Glenn Family Foundation aims to contribute toward the upliftment of communities in a way that encourages local empowerment and local ownership. Sustainability is our primary objective. We do this by attending closely to local needs, leveraging the strengths and resources of the local community, and transferring skills and ownership. Our core focus areas are on basic needs, including access to clean water, access to solar power, improved sanitation to reduce incidence of disease, sustainable livelihoods through agriculture and improved living conditions to foster a sense of pride. We believe that when people have these basic needs fulfilled, they are uplifted, empowered and can exercise greater choice over their lives and destinies.
Our work begins with a survey of the local needs, executed by local partners, to get an all-inclusive understanding of the problem, from the perspective of beneficiaries and key role players such as government, local leaders, teachers, religious leaders and others. Guided by this understanding we develop a plan detailing materials and resources need, costs, geographical scope, local human and community resources available, and a plan of execution. We recruit according to the complexity of the solution and bring in experts where needed who can transfer their skill to the local community. We prefer to use local resources and train local people wherever possible to ensure sustainability. We closely monitor the process and outcomes of our work and use participatory methodologies wherever we can. We consider our efforts successful when the local community can sustain the impact and we are no longer needed.