“Go to the people…”

Go to the people,
Live among them,
Learn from them,
Love them.
Start with what they know.
Build on what they have.
But of the best leaders,
When their task is accomplished,
Their work is done,
The people all remark,
“We have done it ourselves”.

—Chinese Proverb

Found on the home page of Chirag—the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group.  Chirag describes itself as “a rural development organisation based in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand in India. Since 1987, we have worked closely with communities on issues relating to forestry, soil and water conservation, agriculture, animal husbandry, drinking water, health care, education and skill and knowledge development of young people. We work in nearly 200 villages in Nainital, Bageshwar and Almora districts.”