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As 2021 draws to a close, we take time to look back at how far we have come, individually, as a team and collectively with members of our community groups and stakeholders. We realise that a gloomy sense of constant uncertainty has been at the core of the experiences over the past year. The year started with yet another lockdown, slowing down the implementing of project activities, as regulations limited the numbers of people to be in gatherings. Just as we were getting into the mode of implementing planned work, the July unrest disrupted the work significantly, especially having to understand the psychosocial impact of the violence, on People with Disabilities (PwDs) and also the CREATE team. 2021 became a year during which we intentionally worked closer with PwDs, with a particular objective of listening to the voices coming from the community and finding ways to walk together to put in place actions that would transform lives, whilst also promoting inclusion. At a strategic level, the Board, together with staff took time to do the work of analysing the terrain of CREATE’s work over the past twenty years. This was done through the organisation building and strategic planning workshops. The discussions and reflections here became the foundation for a new strategy for the next three years. Fundamentally CREATE’s work over the next three years will expand to working with marginalised people. This particular shift came about as a result of various activities that CREATE got involved in during the course of 2020, primarily necessitated by the adverse impact of COVID 19 on marginalised communities, households and individuals.

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