This is LIN’s vision.
No manual in the world can describe exactly how to achieve this. It cannot be expressed in words. It can only be DONE!
The challenge is how our common vision should be recognizable through our actions.
LIN staff agrees that the words DIGNITY, HEALTH and RESTORE bring to mind a number of experiences and expressions. Each word mobilizes emotions, experiences, knowledge and actions.
If we talk to people and ask them to express these words in their own language, the vision will give new perspectives in the local context.
DIGNITY includes compassion and respect, based on the equality created by God. The Declaration of Human Rights shares this vision. Umunthu in Chichewa (Malawi) refers to how our friends’ feelings matter to us. It implies recognition, appreciation and confidence.
HEALTH is more than a medical term in most people’s mind. In Chichewa umoyo means health and good life. “Good life” needs a long list of words to be described, e.g. nsangala which implies sense of humor, sharing and hospitality. Health is understood as a social word, not only a private condition.
RESTORE needs more words in Chichewa. The word kubwezeletsa implies that something is gained back. Another word kutlandizila emphasizes assisting and encouraging each other. Thus to restore is both active and passive. It challenges us for handling practical situations as well as for organizing, documenting and quality-assuring of the work.