GFSC encourages the development of the local resources and autonomy, as well as of 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 to create processes that increase capacity, sustainability and participation in their communities, agencies and organizations.
- Facilitation is an effective catalyst to build, rebuild and maintain resilient and autonomous communities.
- Psychosocial support is especially important as part of the reconstruction of communities affected by crises or disasters.
- Those who have lost loved ones and / or their homes and livelihoods, or have been victims of violence, need support to process these difficult experiences and the losses in order to recover their hope, be able to use their own personal resources and rebuild their lives.
- People and communities, as social systems, are capable of self-determining and overcoming their crises.
- Local leaders trained as facilitators can contribute effectively to the psychosocial recovery of their communities in times of crisis and disaster.
- Based on the UNESCO Model of Social Learning - "Learning for the New Millennium" and conceptually simple and practical.
- 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.
- Helps communities move from crisis to psychosocial recovery and reconstruction.
- Works in parallel with and continues after the initial rescue and first aid work, when the survivors are ready to work on their emotional recovery.
- Offers the support of volunteer facilitators, who share knowledge, experience and encouragement, to communities as they develop their capacities, in many countries.