Churches, Channels of Hope: Training of Facilitators

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to equip participants with the appropriate attitudes, knowledge and skills to be 'Channels of Hope' and assist faith communities in their journeys to HIV competence.

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme offers tools to help churches and communities respond to the needs created by HIV and AIDS. These tools include this facilitators training, that equips participants to run two or three day CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope workshops in their communities.

Outcomes

The successful participant will be:

• Equipped with thorough (scientific) knowledge on HIV and AIDS related topics and issues;
• Enriched and challenged to explore a Christian response to the challenges of HIV and AIDS;
• Empowered with facilitation skills and guidelines;
• Motivated to be a Channel of Hope.
 

Who should attend this programme?

The ideal candidate:

• Is a Christian leader who is ready to take responsibility and action within his or her own community and church.
• Should be comfortable with people and interested in facilitating HIV related workshops, information sessions and processes.
• Should preferably have previous exposure to HIV and AIDS related training and projects (or have the capacity to learn new information in a short time).
• Should have some prior experience of teaching, facilitation or public speaking, or show the potential to facilitate sessions.
• Should have the capacity to learn and express him or herself clearly in English (verbally and in writing). 
 

Biblical Guiding Principles

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  1. We are compelled by the love of Christ
  2. We accept others as Christ accepted us
  3. We uphold the dignity and worth of all human beings
  4. We identify with the Body of Christ
  5. We serve others in practical acts of love and compassion
  6. We speak the truth in love
  7. We need wisdom from the Holy Spirit
  8. We have a living hope
  9. We are Christ’s ambassadors
  10. We need to stand up for justice as prophets and priests.

Content of programme

Module 1: Channels of Hope and HIV Competent Faith Communities


1.1 Being a Channel of Hope
1.2 HIV Competent Faith Communities
1.3 Guidelines on Facilitating
Annex 1: Example of a Churches, Channels of Hope Workshop
Annex 2: Suggestions for Talking with Young Adults

Module 2: Understand and Acknowledge Vulnerabilities

2.1 Challenging People's Attitudes
2.2 Introduction to World View
2.3 Understanding Statistics
2.4 Reality Check

Module 3: Relevant and Responsible Use of the Bible

3.1 Guiding Principles
3.2 Responsible Use of the Bible
3.3 Discover Who You Are
3.4 Ethical Questions
Annex 3: Homosexuality

Module 4: Comprehensive Prevention

4.1 Understanding HIV and AIDS
4.2 HIV Transmission
4.3 Prevention in Practise
4.4 Conditions that Improve Vulnerabilities

Module 5: Compassionate Care and Support

5.1. From Diagnosis to Acceptance
5.2 Living Positively
5.3 Antiretroviral Treatment
5.4 Emotional and Spiritual Care
5.5 Children Living with the Realities of HIV

Module 6: Transformative Justice

6.1 Justice and Advocacy
6.2 Stigma and Discrimination
6.3 Introduction to Gender
6.4 Gender Based Violence
6.5 Human Rights

Module 7: Meaningful Community Interaction

7.1 Competent faith communities engage proactively with the community
7.2  Connecting faith communities and community
7.3  Discover your faith community

Module 8: Accountable Leadership

8.1 Accountable Leadership
8.2 Theory of Change
8.3 Discover God's Dream
8.4 Strengthen Your Faith Community
8.5 My Role as Faith Leader

Module 9: Closing and the Way Forward

Introduction
 Closing Ceremonies
 Annex 4: CABSA and Mentoring
 Annex 5: Jargon Guide

Methods of learning

A wide variety of learning methods are used, that are based on the principle of experiential learning.

These methods include: Group participation, Group debates and discussions, Mini lectures, Hypothetical scenarios and role plays, Demonstrations, Individual and personal activities and reflection, Group activities, Games, Pictures, DVDs, Storytelling and sharing of experiences.

What will be expected from participants?

The CABSA Churches, Channels of hope programme forms an integral part of CABSA's strategy to mobilise and assist faith communities to become HIV competent. Therefore trained facilitators are expected to commit to a lifestyle that will challenge inaction, wrong information, unhealthy attitudes and stigma.

Facilitators are challenged to become Channels of Hope in their own communities and churches and to actively work towards building a caring and responsible faith community.

Mentoring

On completion of the course, facilitators will become part of the CABSA family and will receive basic mentoring from CABSA for a minimum period of five years after the training.

Logistical details of the training

Duration
This training program is very intensive and stretches over seven days. The long hours and amount of homework and preparations requires in-house training. 

Ideal group size
20-30 participants.

Assessment
Participants will be evaluated on the following aspects:

• HIV and AIDS knowledge
• Christian response and understanding of the topic
• Facilitation skills

Assessment will be based on two facilitation sessions of each participant, three written papers and the completion of an assignment.

Resource material
Each participant receives:

1. A comprehensive manual that includes all the information covered during the training and more,
2. Master copies of the slides, posters and handouts,
3. A set of laminated discussion cards,
4. A CD-Rom with additional reading, tools and the power-point presentation,
5. Additional booklets that complement the content of training.

Costs
The Christian AIDS Bureau is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constrained by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors. The average amount is R10 000 per person. Candidates are invited to apply for subsidies, when available.

More information
For more information please contact Aneleh Fourie Le Roux at training@cabsa.org.za or +27 (0)83 292 5358

Feedback form our license partner, World Vision International, in February 2017

"“CoH is a catalyst that transforms and motivates faith leaders and their congregations to respond to tough development issues that affect their communities. The CoH process directly addresses faith leaders’ perceptions about especially volatile or taboo community issues. It leaves to positive changes in faith leader and community engagement in the greatest issues facing their children.  Since World Vision's adoption of the CoH-HIV model from CABSA, the methodology has been adapted to include content focused on child protection, gender equality, maternal child & health and ebola for both Christian and Muslim leaders.  To date, more than 410,000 faith leaders have participated in a Channels of Hope workshop with World Vision.”

Andrea Kaufmann, Director, Faith Partnerships; World Vision International  

 

 

 

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Request for feedback Reports on Facilitators Activities in 2013

PO Box 16  
Wellington. 7654  
SOUTH AFRICA  
Tel/fax: +27 (0)21 8730028  

 

27 March 2014
 
Dear Facilitators

It is my privilege to greet you on behalf of CABSA. We have entered this year with a deep sense of awe, excitement and gratitude as we can look forward to a new season filled with new opportunities! We also continue to praise God for His goodness and provision during the last two very challenging years.

We want to thank you for all your support and prayers during this time – it is wonderful to know that the CABSA family consists of hundreds of people like yourself who value who we are and what we do. It is also a great encouragement to know that each of you as a channel of hope also contribute in different ways to bringing reconciliation and hope in this world with HIV.

Thank you also for your patience and participation in updating our information. We are encouraged by all the informal feedback we received from you during 2013. Now we would like to remind you of your formal annual report and ask you to please complete and submit it as soon as possible. Although we would like the form as soon as possible, the deadline is the 21 st April 2014

The feedback form is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PC3RZQT and can also be accessed below.

The ideal is that you complete and submit the report online. If you need more space than the form offers, please contact me for alternative instructions.

Please put aside at least 10-20 minutes to complete your form.

The form as a Word document is also attached to this email. You can fill it in electronically and send it to ccoh@cabsa.org.za If this is also also not possible you can print it and fax it to the office. Printed copies will also be distributed to facilitators without email access.

Your reports are extremely valuable to us, not only as a testimony of the impact of the Churches, Channels of Hope in various communities, but also as we report back to our funders.

More broken, but beautiful” is a phrase that keeps echoing in my mind after reading the book "When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself". The authors, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, also wrote:

Yes, Jesus died for our souls, but He also died to reconcile – that is, to put into right relationship – all that He created.”

Let us encourage each other in this sometimes painful, yet beautiful journey to restore the dignity and worth of every person we encounter.

More broken … but beautiful in Christ





Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux

Training Manager

training@cabsa.org.za

 Vision:

Caring Christian communities ministering reconciliation and hope to a world with HIV.



NPO registration number: 019 – 387 – NPO

 

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