Women’s and girls’ empowerment
Vulnerable women and girls involved in Good Shepherd programs improved their self-esteem and confidence, and are beginning to take leadership roles in their communities and families.
5,892 adolescent girls and women in Africa, Asia and Latin America have improved their self-esteem and are capable to enforce their rights within their family and the society.
1,190 women have taken leadership positions within their communities, and are leading activities, such us organizing and carrying out community awareness campaigns or advocating for theirs and their children’s rights.
8,256 women and adolescent girls involved in life-skills and empowerment activities, reported to feel more capable of taking independent decisions about their lives, especially regarding the finances of their families or migrating to another country to find better living conditions.
Community development & participation
Local communities supported by GSIF programs are more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable.
22,807 children, adolescent girls and women actively participated in community-based groups and community initiatives, ranging from children’s parliaments, parents-school committees, committees to report abuses of girls and women and provide informal justice systems.
111 community groups are committed providing welfare services, financial inclusion and social protection for the most vulnerable members of the community .
79 community inter-cultural and inter-faith initiatives have been developed to support peace-building, specifically in areas with refugees and migrants, and to promote human rights protection, peaceful cohabitation and respect of all cultures.
Human rights: safety, healthcare and education
Marginalized and discriminated people, such as those living in remote areas, migrants and refugees, involved in GSIF programs were provided with access to basic rights, such as healthcare, education, identity cards and now feel safer and included within their communities.
5,271 children, adolescent girls, women and men have been supported in getting civil registration and identity rights (including birth certificates, health cards, etc.)
179 girls and women were rescued from human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and live protected in a safe environment, thanks to psycho-social programs for rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
12,992 adolescent girls, women and children took part in awareness raising activities, trainings and workshops dedicated to preventing domestic and social violence, human trafficking and abuses against women and children.
11,181 children, adolescent girls, women were able to access basic education, skills training services and adult literacy courses.
16,677 children, adolescent girls, women and men received healthcare through community services and were helped in accessing local public healthcare.
Livelihood & Economic justice
In 2019, the projects supported by GSIF and the local Mission Development Offices helped a significantly higher number of people in finding new and decent jobs, improving family food security, compared to 2018.
3,256 women and adolescent girls previously living in extreme poverty have improved their employment status.
8,368 women, children and men, thanks to income-generating activities and nutritional supplement programs, have improved their food security and have a better diet.
1,964 women and adolescent girls have a higher level of income.
Capacity and Organizational Development
While the majority of GSIF projects focus on direct support for the local communities, some GSIF initiatives are aimed at building the capacity and the organizational structure of our local partners, to secure effectiveness, efficiency and long-term sustainability of their programs.
In 2019 the GSIF team and the local Mission Development Offices facilitated and organized training sessions, workshops and other forms of professional skills development on Project Cycle Management, Finance and Administration, Child Safeguarding, involving 801 Good Shepherd sisters and lay mission partners directly involved in programs.
Thanks to our network of local partners who are deeply rooted in the communities, we were able to offer immediate response to the basic needs of populations of countries affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies. We supported then the communities recovery, strengthen their resilience and plan the reconstruction through a participatory approach.
In 2019 4,548 vulnerable people, in particular women and children of the most marginalized communities, affected by the cyclone Idai in Mozambique and severe floods in Kerala, India, received assistance with immediate relief and long-term help with water and sanitation, nutrition, health and shelter.