"Thanks for your comments, we are a bit isolated here so it is good to see what everyone is doing. The airport has already had an impact with some people returning to the island from Ascension, Falklands and the UK, shortages of rented accomodation…"
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I am working with civil society organisations on the British Overseas territory of St Helena during a time of immense change - up until now the only way to get here is by a long sea journey but now an airport is being built. This is bringing many challenges including competition for housing and food as construction workers move here. The community & voluntary sector is vulnerable and a very strong emphasis on economic development over social and community.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
Experience of rural development, working with communities in Somerset, Northern Ireland and Ghana. Particularly very isolated rural communities and food security issues.
Also experience of working with ethnic minorities living in rural areas, migrant workers and discrimination, human rights and access to services including water, education and health.
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Welcome into FierySPirits... that sounds like a very challenging job. Your brief intro reminds me a little of the changes Ladakh experienced when the road was put in in the late 60s (have you seen Helena Norburg Hodge's 'Learning from Ladakh'?) - I visited for a few months and the shock of rapid change was palpable. Especially impacted seemed to be young men.
If you have a chance, please do write an occasional blog about how you're getting on and whether any of the work we're sharing on this site is helpful. Perhaps community land trusts/housing/food models might be good? Does SH have social enterprises?