Community Building


“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

We believe that there are 5 key pillars we should focus on to guide us as we create a better Aid Model: Community Building is our 2nd Pillar.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

What does that look like?

Below are a few targets being measured. Ask yourself: how likely are we to realise these targets? And what happens if we don’t?

  • By 2030 all citizens will have access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services
  • What proportion of the population has convenient access to public transport?
  • What is the ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate?
  • What proportion of cities have a direct participation structure for civil society in urban planning and management?
  • What proportion of municipal solid waste is collected and managed in controlled facilities out of total municipal waste generated?

The stark reality is, we’re a long way off even measuring these goals properly, let alone realising them.

COVID-19 worsened the living situation for many in our marginalised communities. 2018 data showed that the majority of the more than 1 Billion marginalised lived in three regions:

  • Eastern and South-Eastern Asia (370 Million)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (238 Million)
  • Central & Southern Asia (226 Million)

We don’t yet have the data to show the impact of the Pandemic on this data.

This level of inequality threatens our ability to realise the goals of SDG 11. To achieve SDG 11, and all the other SDGs, we need to focus on community building.

Community building begins when a group of people decide to work together towards a common goal. At SOUL, our common goal is to build a value-creation aid model that serves our donors, our beneficiaries, our communities, our economy and our environment.

Our Donors and our Beneficiaries commit to working together, supporting each other and achieving success together!