Samaritan’s Purse –Liberia
GBV programming within the CDF Model
Presented by Rachael Watson
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another;
be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and ...
CommunityDevelopmentFacilitator(CDF)model
What is it?
This program centers on Community Development Facilitators
posted in...
Who is a CDF?
• Mission-minded individuals, Community Development
Facilitators are posted in remote communities facilitati...
CDF strategy:
• CDFs are Samaritan's Purse
“missionaries” living in the
communities where we
work, allowing them to engage...
CDF strategy:
• Discipleship through the
church, and one on one
relationships/reconciliation
• Allows us to be better stew...
Sustainability
• Church Mobilization Program is introduced starting at year
one and continuing through out the program cyc...
110 interventions
52 communities have or will have by the end of 2012 gone
through the CHE training (combination of 1st ...
GBV within the
CDF model
Background of GBV in Liberia:
Although the Government of Liberia
has developed several strategies...
GBV within the CDF model
Based on the Knowledge Attitudes Practices Behavior (KAPB)
study that Samaritan’s Purse conducted...
GBV within the CDF model
Based on the Knowledge Attitudes Practices Behavior (KAPB)
study that Samaritan’s Purse conducted...
LIGHT strategy within the CDF model
1. Since February 2013 the Light program began working in 11
CDF communities that are ...
LIGHT strategy within the CDF model
3. Churches are led through training in the following areas:
• Biblical sexuality
• Bi...
LIGHT strategy within the CDF model
• The Image of God and the implications of this on gender roles
and relationships
3. C...
As a Result…
• Four months in to the program we have already been able to
see results from this church-based approach.
• W...
Going Forward
Challenges
• Location of projects are far from the Capital making it difficult
for protection services to as...
PossibleSolutions for Light Program
• Bringing awareness to the various government head offices in the
Capital, thus creat...
Going Forward
Lessons Learned
• Having a budget line that will provide transportation for the
survivor, medical expenses, ...
Through our work, Jesus is recognized as Lord over all creation,
and our development activities bring glory to God by refl...
CCIH 2013 Concurrent Sessions 4 Integrating GBV Programming Rachael Watson
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Rachael Watson of Samaritan's Purse presents the organization's Community Development Facilitator model and demonstrates how local churches and communities can address GBV with a long-term perspective.

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  • Start:-by asking CDF’s what is the CDF model.Purpose of this section: To ensure the cdfs have an understanding of the who, why, what, where, when and how of the cdf model-so that they may be empowered to have the greatest impact both through physical projects and spiritual .Emphasize the importance of the model
  • The internally funded projects and the projects from the past year-and those for this year.
  • The internally funded projects and the projects from the past year-and those for this year.
  • CCIH 2013 Concurrent Sessions 4 Integrating GBV Programming Rachael Watson

    1. 1. Samaritan’s Purse –Liberia GBV programming within the CDF Model Presented by Rachael Watson
    2. 2. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Introduction Presentation Objective: To showcase the Samaritan’s Purse-Community Development Facilitator model, and demonstrate how local churches and communities can address GBV with a long-term mindset
    3. 3. CommunityDevelopmentFacilitator(CDF)model What is it? This program centers on Community Development Facilitators posted in remote communities who facilitate both physical and spiritual development through health and evangelism training and supporting technical interventions
    4. 4. Who is a CDF? • Mission-minded individuals, Community Development Facilitators are posted in remote communities facilitating both physical and spiritual development. • Through health and evangelism training, and supporting Samaritan’s Purse Liberia technical interventions they are the point-people for community development projects supported by Samaritan’s Purse. • Developing Christ-like relationships with community members, the CDFs share the Gospel through CHE training and discipling new believers.
    5. 5. CDF strategy: • CDFs are Samaritan's Purse “missionaries” living in the communities where we work, allowing them to engage to a deeper level in our mission statement • It is community led in order to empower communities to see the assets around them
    6. 6. CDF strategy: • Discipleship through the church, and one on one relationships/reconciliation • Allows us to be better stewards with the opportunities and resources we are blessed with • Using the church through envisioning/discipleship of believers (in Muslim communities) as our exit strategy.
    7. 7. Sustainability • Church Mobilization Program is introduced starting at year one and continuing through out the program cycle of a CDF community. • Church Mobilization Program equips believers and the church with knowledge to better understand God’s call for their lives, how to use the assets God has given them, how to steward their projects and God’s plan for their relationships and their community. • From there, churches will be able to effectively minister to their own communities when SPL and other NGOs are no longer operating in the region.
    8. 8. 110 interventions 52 communities have or will have by the end of 2012 gone through the CHE training (combination of 1st and 2nd year) 52 communities are part of the CDF model program 2012 Interventions continued
    9. 9. GBV within the CDF model Background of GBV in Liberia: Although the Government of Liberia has developed several strategies to decrease SGBV and take steps forward in reducing its prevalence, the rates of abuse continues to spread at an alarming rate.
    10. 10. GBV within the CDF model Based on the Knowledge Attitudes Practices Behavior (KAPB) study that Samaritan’s Purse conducted in 2011 with 300 respondents and the 2007 Demographic Health Survey: • 4.6% of Liberian females have been raped or given food, lodging or money in exchange for sex • 4.6% of Liberian females have been raped or given food, lodging or money in exchange for sex • 46.3% of the population reported having heard of a child under the age of 18 being raped in their community.
    11. 11. GBV within the CDF model Based on the Knowledge Attitudes Practices Behavior (KAPB) study that Samaritan’s Purse conducted in 2011 with 300 respondents and the 2007 Demographic Health Survey: • 57% of females have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM); 97% of whom were below the age of 18. • Early marriage is also common throughout the country, especially in the rural areas, with 15% of Liberian girls married before the age of 15 and 46% of girls married by 18 years of age. • 57% of females have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM); 97% of whom were below the age of 18. • Early marriage is also common throughout the country, especially in the rural areas, with 15% of Liberian girls married before the age of 15 and 46% of girls married by 18 years of age.
    12. 12. LIGHT strategy within the CDF model 1. Since February 2013 the Light program began working in 11 CDF communities that are the host to seven (7) churches, each of these communities has been a part of the CDF model for at least 1 year. 2. Within the seven churches there are 78 church members including seven pastors, one from each church, who are currently going through an eight week GBV training that identifies the root causes of GBV.
    13. 13. LIGHT strategy within the CDF model 3. Churches are led through training in the following areas: • Biblical sexuality • Biblical manhood • Biblical womanhood
    14. 14. LIGHT strategy within the CDF model • The Image of God and the implications of this on gender roles and relationships 3. Churches are led through training in the following areas: • How can churches prevent sexual and gender based violence, how do churches respond to victims of sexual and gender based violence? • Root causes of family breakdown and parental challenges, including conflict management/case management • What is sexual and gender based violence?
    15. 15. As a Result… • Four months in to the program we have already been able to see results from this church-based approach. • We have had 4 protection cases reported to the church lead task force. The cases involve two cases of domestic violence and two cases of statutory rape. • There have also been twelve protection cases that have been brought to the attention of the case worker, seven of which are statutory rape.
    16. 16. Going Forward Challenges • Location of projects are far from the Capital making it difficult for protection services to assist. • Rape cases are often settled between the perpetrator and the family in monetary goods. As the LIGHT program aims to bring these cases to the judicial court, there is back-lash from the perpetrators and their family members as well as the local judicial system as they can receive a fee for allowing the case to be settled within the community. • Cultural beliefs
    17. 17. PossibleSolutions for Light Program • Bringing awareness to the various government head offices in the Capital, thus creating pressure for more government lead field monitoring visits of the judicial systems. • Coordination with other agencies through GBV task force meetings. • Create awareness threats/bribes with other local authorities, superintendent, city mayor, and community elders, thus creating a serious attitude towards compromised cases • Create a community security/alarm system for staff that working within this program to vulnerability to staff • There is a saying in Liberia, “When culture kills, culture has to change”
    18. 18. Going Forward Lessons Learned • Having a budget line that will provide transportation for the survivor, medical expenses, and consumable supplies to stay at a Safe House. • Document all activities that occur that work to compromise a rape GBV so that reports can be given to the head office • Having a Case Worker available for technically appropriate response is critical due to the sensitivity of GBV cases • Pastors and church member are willing and motivated to be involved in preventing and responding to cases of GBV
    19. 19. Through our work, Jesus is recognized as Lord over all creation, and our development activities bring glory to God by reflecting the depth and breadth of His Kingdom plan. Through this model we trust God to transform beliefs and change behavior so that his peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities we serve. It is our hope that as a result of this model there is a transformation in lives and communities that is as deep as the human heart and as broad as the whole range of the human experience in the world God made.

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