The following articulates the core values and world at a time of extreme need and underlying REST’s existence as an organization, and all its operations and activities.
SERVING THE PEOPLE
REST as an organization emerged from a process of people’s struggle within Tigray, formed specifically to serve the people and act as their advocate with the external isolation. REST’s rationale for existence continues to be, first and continues to be, first and foremost, serving the people and assisting them in their struggle for development.
The development process can never be successful or sustainable in the long term, unless it reflects people’s reality and needs, and there is a genuine sense of ownership and control. This presupposes a real process of participation in development planning, policy formulation and decision-making, and at all stages of the project cycle.