What is Community

When I ask most people what community is, they think, first, of their neighbourhood. They think of the place where they live. They talk about the street where they live, their home, what is in it and surrounds it. They talk about the playground and parks, the schools that their children attend. They talk about places that they go to regularly; the coffee shop, the recreation center, the grocery store, their place of worship.

But community is more than just a place. It’s not just a building, or group of buildings. Community is about people. You can’t have a community with just one person. You need a group of people.

A common experience often brings people together, and creates a community. A common goal often brings people together to create community. Yet another aspect of community is that each member serves and is served by the community that it belongs to.

JB Dondolo is a community too. While some that Lumbie Mlambo is the public face to the organization, there are many others who are part of the community that makes this organization so powerful. Each one of us has special gifts, which we use to benefit the organization, and in order to achieve our common dream.

We are of one mind, one purpose, to refinish the Igusi Hospital. We do this so that the local people can have access to medical support and services that many of us here in North America take for granted. Birthing beds and post-delivery support for women, sanitary water for use in the hospital, a shelter that will prevent the rains from coming in, and that wont make people ill with the asbestos in the roof.

Some give their money to support us, and to those of you who are donating, I say Thank you! Others give their time; they provide administrative support, or help with the actual physical labor of tearing down and rebuilding the hospital. Some come from North America to help; others are already a part of the community that will be served by the hospital.

We are thankful for all the members of our community for their financial, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual support. In one of our upcoming posts, we’ll be featuring one of our volunteers and the work that they do to help us achieve our mission.


14 thoughts on “What is Community”

  1. Great understanding of community. Recently co sponsored an on-line auction to benefit chidren with cancer. Within days an entire community sprung up, some were donors, some potential bidders, supporters, many artists. It was a great experience and we raised $1500 sending 6 children to camp. Think we will do it again.

  2. Interesting article. It reminded me that while we all count ourselves as part of a larger community, we have a responsibility as members to serve that community as well as enjoy the benefits of being a participant.

  3. Wonderful information. I can participate by praying for your organization and your work. God bless you for what you are doing.

  4. Great Lumbie and I am with you… when you asked what community was… my first thought wasn’t my surrounding neighborhood but my networking community, the folks that I hang with… those that are in my circle… that is my community. Great post and reminder!

  5. I am a huge believer in building a community for personal and professional reasons because there is so much overlap these days when it comes to growing and succeeding at anything. I tell people all the time that I know that I am my brand and my brand is me so there is no confusion when it comes to the messages I put out for anyone to see and hopefully respond.

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