This article provides a comparative analysis of normative and community-to-community-based approaches to resilience building. A narrative rendering of events in Bududa in 2010 is provided through the lens of a community-to-community partnership. The comparison is then achieved through a picture of a normative model for low-impact (cyclical), high-frequency disasters drawn from documentary resources. The narrative element is provided through a case study of the landslides in Bududa, in the Mbale region of Uganda in spring 2010. This event killed over 300 people and led to the temporary displacement of as many as 8000 and the permanent displacement of an undisclosed number. A preliminary evaluation of the Mbale experience is offered, showing the limitations of normative models, describing current resilience-building activities and opening the current discussion within the Mbale Coalition against Poverty to public scrutiny.