Women’s and girls’ empowerment

Women and girls in vulnerable conditions involved in Good Shepherd programs improved their self-esteem and confidence, and are taking leadership roles within their communities and families.

19,960 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.

1,680 women have assumed leadership positions within their communities, leading projects to raise awareness and promote their rights and those of their children. 

14,705 women and adolescent girls involved in life-skills and empowerment activities, reported having improved their abilicty to make independent and informed decisions about their lives.


Community development & participation

Local communities supported by Good Shepherd programs are more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable.

28,000 girls, women and children actively participated in community-based programs, groups and initiatives including parents’ committees, football clubs, children’s parliaments, women’s leadership groups and groups to access credit and other forms of financial inclusion.

1,167 active groups and community development programs that provide welfare services, foster social cohesion and offer protection to the most vulnerable members of communities, especially in Africa.

756 community initiatives and activities have promoted peaceful coexistence and inter-cultural inclusion. 


Human rights: safety, healthcare and education

Marginalized and discriminated people, such as those living in remote areas, migrants and refugees, involved in Good Shepherd programs were provided with access to basic rights, such as healthcare, education, identity cards and now feel safer and included within their communities.

6,783 children, adolescent girls, women and men have been supported in getting civil registration and identity rights (including birth certificates, health cards, etc.)

238 girls, women and children were rescued from human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and received support in their rehabilitation and social reintegration.

14,799 girls, women and children at risk or victims of abuse could access safe spaces and receive violence prevention training, counseling, residential reception services, legal advice, and support for social reintegration

6,897 girls, boys and adults have completed vocational training or attended adult literacy courses

12,895 children and adolescent girls and boys enrolled in education programs

15,375 children, adolescent girls, women and men received healthcare through from community care or were supported in accessing local public or private healthcare services.


Livelihood & Economic justice

In 2023, the projects supported by GSIF continued to help the participants find decent jobs and build income-generating activities, to improve family food security.

4,495 women and adolescent girls involved in Good Shepherd programs previously living in extreme poverty reported having improved their employment status.

12,670 women, children and men, thanks to income-generating activities and nutritional schemes, including distribution of emergency food kits, have improved their food security and have a better diet.

3,745 women, adolescent girls and men have increased their income.


Capacity and Organizational Development

While providing direct and immediate assistance to the local communities, GSIF has continued to support staff and development local partners in their ongoing capacity development, reinforcing their organizational structure and skills, to secure effectiveness, efficiency and long-term sustainability of their programs.

In 2023, GSIF involved 2,132 staff members, sisters and lay partners working in the programs, in in-person or remote trainings and mentoring activities. In partnership with specialized consultants, the GSIF team and regional offices with local mission development offices organized and facilitated sessions, workshops and training packages on project cycle management, participatory monitoring and monitoring evaluation systems, finance and administration, Theory of Change methodology, child protection and safeguarding.




Emergency Relief

Thanks to a vast network of partners deeply rooted in local communities and in partnership with other local and international organizations, we offer immediate responses to the needs of populations affected by natural disasters, crises, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, helping communities in their sustainable recovery and reconstruction through a participatory approach to intervention development.

17,219 people affected by crises, natural disasters and conflicts in Central America, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Colombia, Pakistan received humanitarian assistance to meet their immediate and urgent needs.

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