Global CHE Network
Children and the community
What is happening here?
Describe the steps of the
1. Choose a problem
2. Find out more.
3. Discuss and plan
4. Take action
6. Do it better.
Step 1: Choose a problem
Needs Assessment Tools for Children
Dream trees (Problem tree/ Solution tree)
Mapping the future
Daily activities chart
“Look and listen” observation of the community
Small group activity:
Using the handout Needs Assessment Tools, pick one
assessment tool and get ready to demonstrate it to the group.
Step 2: Find out more
Take a short survey.
also do KAP
Step 3: Planning for Action
Basic Questions for Developing Action Plans
What problem or issue are we working on? Be specific.
What did we find out from our community mapping about
What did we find out from our survey about this problem?
What did we observe in the community?
What can each one of us do in our homes or with our
What can we do as a group in the community?
Whose help or support do we need?
When should we do these activities?
How will we know if we made any difference?
Step 4: Take action.
What are some projects that children can do?
Working on a clean-up
Building a small
Planting, weeding, and
harvesting a community
Recycling soda bottles.
Making Tippy Taps for
Making SODIS bottles to
Using Drama for
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHILDREN
What conflict or problem are you presenting? Be specific.
What specific message do you want to give?
Keep the drama short and clear.
Make the message clear.
Keep it interesting by presenting a conflict or problem.
If the story is long, divide it into shorter scenes.
Present only one problem or issue.
When you present a problem, do not give the solution. Let the audience work it out.
Before you give the drama, talk about each character. What is he or she like?
Practice before you give the drama.
In order to sound natural, the children should learn their parts by listening, not by
Use simple costumes and props.
Face the audience.
Speak loudly and clearly.
Divide into small groups. Present a short drama about a
Step 5. Evaluate
What is monitoring? What is evaluation?
Monitoring and evaluation games for children:
Builder Divide into small groups.
Graffiti Using Monitoring and
Mapping Evaluation Tools for
Role Plays one of the tools.
Head, heart, feet How would this help the
Circles of knowledge children evaluate their
Moving circles project?
Step 6: Do it better
How has the Project
Cycle drawing been
What skills have the
children learned from
doing their project?
What could they do
better next time?
Child-to-Child Trust. Brochure. Available from: http://www.child-
Child –to-Child Trust: Children changing their lives. 2009. Available
Gibbs, S., G. Mann, and N. Mathers. 2002. Child-to-Child: A
Practical Guide. Available from: http://www.child-to-
Global CHE Network. Monitoring and evaluation tools for children.
Global CHE Network. Needs assessment tools for children.