The lab completed, participants will use received information in their work. What did our participants expect and what they receive?
FARKHOD SHARIFI, PO “TENNIS ACADEMY”, Dushanbe
The Lab has finally turned out to be an amazing event! I thought there will be conducted classes, group discussions, various role plays – all that we have got accustomed to. And what we actually had included presentations by experts and mentors, and an opportunity for seeking ideas, and then one more, the most interesting thing – defending own ideas not only before experts, but before peers from other NGOs. It was very difficult, I must admit it, but much more interesting than just sitting and listening. Together with peers from youth NGOs of Dushanbe and Khatlon we managed by joint efforts to put forward a very interesting idea. And the credit is due to experts that they pointed to us weaknesses and strengths of the idea, they prompted how to strengthen the project. Now everything depends on ourselves – to what extent we are ready for working jointly, but over a distance, for sharing information, helping each other. I am sure that the main outcome of the Lab is real partnership between organizations that earlier knew almost nothing about each other. And if we look over the long term, for my peers and myself the most important achievement will be if our youth and teenagers will use new technologies for the benefit of themselves, their families, society, and not detrimentally.
RADJABALI BAKHROMOV, PO “MUMINABAD”, Muminabad District, Khatlon Region
Our NGO has been working over a rather long time, and we are located in a remote, hard-to-reach mountainous district of the region. Therefore, we are happy with every opportunity for strengthening the capacity. Earlier we participated in workshops and trainings, and we got used to a procedure of such activities (introductions, expectations, rules, definite procedures and methodology of sessions). And on the first day of the Lab I was at a loss a little bit because morally I was not ready for such a large amount of quite diverse information. It’s good that the approaches that ARGO and Fidokor used during the Lab allowed first getting accustomed, then choosing the most optimal option, finding peers for partnership. Experts and mentors made the strongest impression on me. They are not just genuine professionals in new technologies but are also true mentors who spared no efforts, nor did they grudge the time to foster our ability to present our idea at the end of the day. I can say honestly that for me an outcome of the Lab, a result of my personal participation has much exceeded my expectations. But I understand that the most important thing now is to put into life what I committed to in my application, i.e. to disseminate the knowledge acquired on the level of our district. I am mentally prepared to hold a similar Lab (of a smaller scale, of course) for NGOs from 3 districts, and I am sure that Fidokor will help me with consultations and methodology.
OZODA KURBANOVA, BRANCH OF PO “NATIONAL BLIND AND HEARING-IMPAIRED ASSOCIATION”, Kanibadam, Sughd Region
When I applied for participation, I was inwardly doubtful of a success because I am neither a leader, nor a programming specialist, but just a volunteer. But from the first minutes of getting an invitation, I understood that I got an excellent chance to strengthen the capacity and help my organization achieve something more. My personal expectations were modest, any knowledge and skills would have been new for me. But when during the presentation by highly respected Kaisha from ARGO I looked at other participants, I realized that her words were new for them too. Personally I thought that innovations are merely new sorts of technique, new types of communications. But it turned out that we can and we must understand an innovation in a much broader sense – for me it’s the most important outcome of the Lab. And even if I did not gain insight into everything to the end, I am confident that my senior peers from Fidokor will help me by all means. I took part in discussing the project idea “Love Makes the World Go Round”, but I have one more idea how to make easier the life of blind and hearing-impaired people of our town. To put it into life I have to work hard and very much over this idea. Therefore, one more very important result of the Lab is that I have gained information about many new tools.
MATLYUBA SALIKHOVA, PO “PESHRAFT”, Dushanbe
Let me from the very beginning specify two important, in my opinion, moments that have become the key ones in a final success of the Lab: first, it’s a very high-quality selection of participants; second, it’s a dedicated work of the expert team. During other events experts are people who you see seldom, it’s practically impossible to speak to them, and to get their materials for use is an unreal thing at all. But during the Lab experts were accessible for providing consultations and sharing experiences at any time. They not merely did not conceal own materials, on the contrary – strongly recommended that materials be downloaded and advised how to use them most effectively. I am proud that our Lab is the first event of such kind in Tajikistan. And I am proud that my small contribution is also a part of this Lab’s success. And I believe that a success and main result of the Lab is that now at the NGO’s disposal there is a powerful tool of disseminating new knowledge, approaches, methods of work. If desired, we can use this tool, and it will become our advantage, it’s our chance. I liked very much the process of project ideas discussion – it is for the first time that I have encountered such approach. I will by all means apply such approach when we will discuss our volunteers’ ideas in our NGO. And as far as our idea is concerned, we have already made significant changes to it after experts made their comments. I am confident that our idea will help children avoid hazards, and will help parents become more responsible in bringing up children.