As Lima marks our 27th year of leading rural development in South Africa, we are celebrating the role of dignity in promoting social change.
The dictionary definition of dignity is two-fold, meaning 1) a state of inherent worth and 2) a sense of innate self-respect. To us, this means that every Lima practitioner approaches our work by recognizing the fundamental value of the communities we serve. As an organisation, we also place consistent focus on enhancing beneficiaries’ pride in their own worth through capacity-building empowerment initiatives.
In a 2005 speech, Madiba said,“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right: the right to dignity and a decent life.”
With our shared commitment to social justice, Lima’s central objective is the development of people. We believe that alleviating poverty and creating social change is only possible when we honour and acknowledge the dignity and intrinsic worth of our fellow humans – regardless of race, gender, age, income, religion or disability.
Over the course of 2016, Lima will engage with our staff and beneficiaries to unpack the concept of dignity and what it means to individuals whose lives are impacted by rural development. Stay tuned for updates… because here at Lima, we dig dignity!