Focus on Family and Community

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”(Confucius)

The focus of the Sarvodaya work in the field will be the FAMILY. Individuals will be catered to as members of families. It may be that RELIEF was provided to INDIVIDUALS. But it is the FAMILY which will be REHABILITATED. The rehabilitation of a family has embedded within it, the rehabilitation of the individuals who are its members. For those unfortunate individuals who have lost all others in their families, the extended Sarvodaya family will be the haven.

It is the family which provides the primary care and attention to the individuals who are its members. It is primarily through the family that an individual develops his/her personality. Families are also members of their communities. Hence the rehabilitation of the community will take place along with the rehabilitation of families.

For those displaced families in camps, the total camp population and the neighborhood will comprise a temporary �community� until the families are integrated into normal communities, depending on their original place of residence and government policies regarding the re-settlement of the displaced families.

The process of Rehabilitation will be followed by Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Reawakening.