OUR APPROACH

GFSC encourages the development of, and reliance on, local resources – the tools and skills that already exist in every community to strengthen their resilience and self-reliance particularly addressing chronic problems, change and crisis. We help local facilitators in many countries create processes that increase capacity, sustainability and participation in their communities, agencies and organizations.

GFSC Cascade Model - Principles and Characteristics

We train, mentor and coach an initial group of professionals, who then share these tools and techniques with an ever-expanding base of community members to increase the community’s resourcefulness to address their challenges.

Exchanging/Sharing

GFSC can connect individuals and groups with mentors and peers in similar situations to share experiences, effective tools and techniques. We also offer online discussions with experts in various topics.

Collaborative Opportunities:

GFSC seeks opportunities to work with other organizations that advocate sustainable community development. By working together, we share resources and expertise, support mutual goals, and increase public awareness.

MODEL PRINCIPLES

  • We know the great importance of psychosocial support as part of the reconstruction of communities affected by crises or disasters.
  • We know that those who have lost loved ones and / or their homes and livelihoods, or have been victims of violence, need support to process the difficult experience and the losses they have experienced, and from this recover their hope, be able to use their own personal resources and rebuild their lives.
  • We believe that people and communities, as social systems, are capable of self-determining and overcoming their crises and that facilitation is an effective catalyst to build, rebuild and maintain resilient and autonomous communities.
  • We believe that local leaders trained as facilitators can contribute effectively to the psychosocial recovery of their communities in times of crisis and disaster.

MODEL CHARACTERISTICS

  • It is based on the UNESCO Model of Social Learning - "Learning for the New Millennium" and is conceptually simple and practical.
  • It focuses on the training of local leaders as facilitators, helping them to think and act more effectively for the welfare of their communities and in turn to train other local leaders.
  • It helps communities move from crisis to psychosocial recovery and reconstruction.
  • It works in parallel and continues after the initial rescue and first aid work, when the survivors are ready to work on their emotional recovery.
  • It offers the support of volunteer facilitators in many countries of the world, who share knowledge, experience and support, to develop the capacities of these communities.