OUR MISSION

WHAT WE DO

We promote inclusive and sustainable development for the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society and offers assistance to projects of the Good Shepherd sisters and their partners.

Good Shepherd partners and programs at all levels, from the smallest communities to the representatives at the UN Council, are committed to achieve the following strategic objectives with a special focus on women, girls and children and adopting an integrated approach “to combating poverty and restore the dignity” to the most vulnerable and marginalized:

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Reduce poverty and hunger and create decent work for all

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Eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against girls, women and children, such as trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labor and advocating at all levels to realize gender equality

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Protect the rights of migrants and refugees, particularly of women migrants, to build inclusive societies

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Reduce poverty and hunger and create decent work for all

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Eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against girls, women and children, such as trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labor and advocating at all levels to realize gender equality

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Protect the rights of migrants and refugees, particularly of women migrants, to build inclusive societies

OUR APPROACH

MISSION DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

To achieve our mission in partnership with Good Shepherd network, the Good Shepherd International Foundation adopts the Mission Development Process,an organizational development model centered on participatory planning and long-term capacity building of local partners.

Throughout our work, we share the approach of the Good Shepherd sisters who consider the direct relationships with people the key to helping bring about positive and lasting change in their lives. We employ a bottom-up planning strategy in which the local partners use their nearby position to assess the needs of the community and translate them into effective development projects.

OUR AREAS OF INTERVENTION

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Community StreNGTHENing and Participation

We support local communities in fragmented and conflicted societies to strengthen social cohesion and enhance development. We support communities in becoming more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable. Through community mobilization and the creation of self-help groups, our programs promote civic education, social welfare, protection and financial inclusion for the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society.
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WOMEN’S & GIRLS EMPOWERMENT

Our projects help to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5 by engaging women and girls living in poverty, at risk of exploitation or victims of violence, in empowerment programs to raise their self-esteem and skill level, and find decent work ensuring self-sufficiency. We do this by providing holistic support to girls and women, including psycho-social assistance, counseling, reintegration in formal education, skills training, access to micro-finance and micro-credit, support for income-generating activities and leadership development.
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LIVELIHOODS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

We support community-based development projects to eradicate extreme poverty and promote economic justice through sustainable growth for all. Our programs enhance the key role of women in economic and social development. In poor urban and rural areas, we train and assist organized self-help groups of women to start up and grow viable micro-enterprises to raise their level of income. All these programs advocate locally and internationally to change unjust structures discriminating women, to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation in which they are trapped.
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Human rights

We believe in a community-based approach to the protection and promotion of human rights, in which families and local groups must be responsibly engaged in the care of the most vulnerable. Our programs are based on holistic models that integrate care, assistance, social protection, access to basic services (education, nutrition and health), economic empowerment and participation in decision-making processes, to ensure that girls, women and children enjoy their basic human rights.
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Capacity and Organizational Development

Through a network of local offices in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, we support programs in research, needs assessment, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and resource mobilization, through training and assistance in project management, to ensure the highest levels of effectiveness and accountability.
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Emergency Relief

Thanks to a broad network of local partners, we offer immediate responses to the needs of populations affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, in partnership with local and international organizations, helping the communities in reconstruction and sustainable recovery, through a participatory approach to project planning.
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Community StreNGTHENing and Participation

We support local communities in fragmented and conflicted societies to strengthen social cohesion and enhance development. We support communities in becoming more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable. Through community mobilization and the creation of self-help groups, our programs promote civic education, social welfare, protection and financial inclusion for the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society.

Community Strengthening and Participation  

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Community Strengthening and Participation  

We support local communities in fragmented and conflicted societies to strengthen social cohesion and enhance development. We support communities in becoming more inclusive and capable of providing bottom-up social welfare services to its members, especially the most vulnerable. Through community mobilization and the creation of self-help groups, our programs promote civic education, social welfare, protection and financial inclusion for the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society.

WHERE WE WORK

We offer assistance and support to the programs of the Good Shepherd sisters and their partners in 36 countries

Burkina Faso
DR Congo
Madagascar
Mozambique
Senegal
South Sudan
Kenya
Angola
South Africa

Syria
Lebanon

El Salvador
Nicaragua
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Mexico
Guatemala
Honduras

India
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Vietnam
Philippines
Indonesia
Thailand
Myanmar

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Chile
Paraguay
Peru
Venezuela
Uruguay

Network of the Good Shepherd partners

Heidy Hochstatter

Regional Manager MDO Latin America

Theresa Symons

Regional Manager MDO Asia Pacific

Anoinette Assaf

MDO Lebanon

Aruna George

MDO Central East India

Bimol Behtwal

GSIF Nepal

Taskila Nicholas

GSIF Nepal

Bernardino Culombula

MDO Angola

Rita Luis Louren

MDO Angola

Maribel

MDO Central America

Madonna Wimaladasa

MDO Sri Lanka

Lakshmi Fernando

MDO Sri Lanka

Catherine Mutindi

Bon Pasteur Kolwezi

Jean-Marie Vianney Kadwege

Bon Pasteur Kolwezi

Miguel Gregorio Fleitas

MDO Paraguay

Marie Noelle

GOOD SHEPHERD BURKINA FASO

Ximena Barrientos Bozo

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