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.
- 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.
- 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.