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.

7,277 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.

1,419 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.

6,234 women and adolescent girls involved in life-skills and empowerment activities, reported to feel more capable of taking independent and informed 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 Good Shepherd programs are more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable.

17,275 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.

125 community groups are committed to providing welfare services, financial inclusion and social protection for the most vulnerable members of the community .

415 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 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.

3,857 children, adolescent girls, women and men have been supported in getting civil registration and identity rights (including birth certificates, health cards, etc.)

162 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.

7,568 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.

13,292 children, adolescent girls, women were able to access basic education, skills training services and adult literacy courses.

12,676 children, adolescent girls, women and men received healthcare through community services and were helped in accessing local public healthcare.


Livelihood & Economic justice

In 2020, the projects supported by GSIF continued to help the participants find decent jobs and build income-generating activities, while coping with the pandemic crisis, to improve family food security.

1,704 women and adolescent girls involved in Good Shepherd programs previously living in extreme poverty reported having improved their employment status.

11,129 women, children and men, thanks to income-generating activities and nutritional schemes, including distribution of emergecny food kits and food vouchers, have improved their food security and have a better diet.

1,769 women and adolescent girls have a higher level of 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 2020 789 people – sisters and lay partners – have been engaged in training courses, coaching activities and in-person or remote mentoring, including using the ProLea e-learning platform, which was developed to offer remote training to staff and local development partners. The GSIF team and local mission development offices have facilitated and provided training sessions and workshops on project cycle management, participatory monitoring and evaluation systems, finance and administration, child protection and safeguarding and theory of change.




Emergency Relief

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 vulnerable people in the countries most affected by the Covid19 pandemic, natural disasters and other emergencies, such as the Beirut blast in August 2020. We supported then the communities recovery, strengthen their resilience and plan the reconstruction and rehabilitation through a participatory approach.

6,241 people affected by natural disasters, catastrophes and conflicts in Latin America, Africa and Middle East received immediate relief

70% of all those who received humanitarian aid carried out with GSIF support are represented by Lebanese population affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

83,149 people have received immediate social and healthcare assistance for the COVID-19 emergency to reduce its impact on the families and communities already living in extremely fragile situations.

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