Building with Bamboo’s First Learning Update

We are delighted to announce the publication of Building with Bamboo’s first learning update! This is the first of three updates in which we share the emerging learning from our first learning and innovation cycle (January – March 2017). In this update, we provide a brief introduction to the project, our approach to ‘resilience’ and …

‘Resilience: From Research to Practice’ Shared Learning Panel

We are pleased to announce the first Building with Bamboo shared learning panel, Resilience: From Research to Practice. The panel will take place on 21st June at 13:00-14:30 UTC (14:00-15:30 UK). Building with Bamboo is an international learning project exploring resilience-based approaches to working with street-connected children who are exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The project builds on findings …

Statue Making to Explore Resilience

The street-connected children and the children who were formerly living on the streets have been actively involved in making statues of children on the street to explore resilience. A statue freezes you in a certain position and captures it for all time. As resilient people, we have to be flexible and not rigid like the …

Local Narratives of ‘Resilience’

The concept of resilience is fast gaining currency in the international development and humanitarian sectors. Yet the international concept of ‘resilience’ is not a universal one. Although similar concepts exist across socio-cultural systems, they vary significantly and the meanings and practices associated with ‘resilience’ look and feel different. In many languages, there is also no …

Resilience in Children – Let it Flourish

Two children (10 and 12 years) are friends and living in the same village. One day, they were playing in some open ground near a well – a serene area that is little bit far from the village. The top level of the well is close to the ground. All of a sudden, the 12-year-old boy fell down …

Questioning the Contexts of Adversity

One of the characteristics of resilience is that it needs adversity to develop, hence the phrase ‘in the face of adversity’ rather than ‘in spite of adversity’. So, you can’t really say you’re resilient if you haven’t been exposed to some kind of adversity! I recently attended the Breaking the Cycle conference in Tanzania which …

What is resilience?

Resilience is difficult to define. Lots of different definitions have been suggested: The capacity to withstand considerable hardships, to bounce back in the face of great adversity, and to go on to live relatively normal lives. (Gilgun, 1996, Silva, 1996, Turner et al., 1993, Vanistendael, 1995)  A sense of self-esteem and self-confidence; a sense of …