Our Change Model

The Mosaic Model: addressing urban poverty holistically

In light of this pressing reality, we have developed a change model that brings lasting transformation to urban poor communities.

Many organizations use a piecemeal approach to addressing poverty because they lack a clear definition of poverty. In our case, our change model is founded in five core beliefs about the nature of urban poverty.

With a clear definition of the challenge and a theory of transformational change, we have developed the necessary interventions in five key focus areas to see this change take place. 

The core that drives our five focus areas is developing local leaders. This allows us to work towards sustainable, long-lasting, scalable transformation in each of the areas described below. 


Holistic Locally-Led DEVELOPMENT

Urban poverty is multi-dimensional

And so it's important to develop holistic solutions. Development driven by people is characterized by Learning that Empowers, providing improved access to life-enhancing education; a Healthy Habitat for All, emphasizing responsible stewardship of space, the environment and health of the community; and Wealth Creation at the lowest levels of society, creating opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Strengthen Faith Communities

Urban poverty is based in hopelessness...

And a web of lies that entraps the poor in ongoing cycles of indignity. That's why planting and revitalizing faith communities provides a powerful context for holistic change, both through Jesus Communities, which become a center for change at all levels, and Mental Freedom, where people discover spiritual and psychological health and freedom from destructive patterns.

Peace Building

Urban poverty is a breakdown of relationships

So we engage in peace building which involves a transformation toward more manageable, peaceful relationships and governance structures. This long-term process involves addressing root causes and effects, reconciling differences, normalizing relations, and building up people and institutions that can manage conflict without resorting to violence.

Key relationships include Whole Families, focusing on family health and well-being; Strong Civil Society, building civic participation for the common good; and Deepening Reconciliation and relationship between and among the poor and non-poor. 

Drive Systemic Change

Urban poverty exists because of unjust systems

Unjust systems don't work for the poor. Consequently, even with the best grass-roots, bottom-up development elements, there must be work done on the macro level, creating Systems that Work for the poor, namely in the economic, political and legal realms.

Reproduce & Multiply

urban poverty persists because interventions remain small

Often, interventions for urban poor communities aren't designed for reproducibility and scalability, and therefore remain small. True transformation, it follows, is achieved as holistic, people-driven development initiatives grow and are duplicated through Healthy Reproduction.

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