Churches, Channels of Hope: Training of Facilitators
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.
The successful participant will be:
Who should attend this programme?
The ideal candidate:
Biblical Guiding Principles
The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme is grounded in the following guiding principles:
- We are compelled by the love of Christ
- We accept others as Christ accepted us
- We uphold the dignity and worth of all human beings
- We identify with the Body of Christ
- We serve others in practical acts of love and compassion
- We speak the truth in love
- We need wisdom from the Holy Spirit
- We have a living hope
- We are Christ’s ambassadors
- 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
2.2 Introduction to World View
2.3 Understanding Statistics
2.4 Reality Check
Module 3: Relevant and Responsible Use of the Bible
3.2 Responsible Use of the Bible
3.3 Discover Who You Are
3.4 Ethical Questions
Annex 3: Homosexuality
Module 4: Comprehensive Prevention
4.2 HIV Transmission
4.3 Prevention in Practise
4.4 Conditions that Improve Vulnerabilities
Module 5: Compassionate Care and Support
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
6.2 Stigma and Discrimination
6.3 Introduction to Gender
6.4 Gender Based Violence
6.5 Human Rights
Module 7: Meaningful Community Interaction
7.2 Connecting faith communities and community
7.3 Discover your faith community
Module 8: 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
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.
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
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
Participants will be evaluated on the following aspects:
Assessment will be based on two facilitation sessions of each participant, three written papers and the completion of an assignment.
Each participant receives:
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.
For more information please contact Aneleh Fourie Le Roux at firstname.lastname@example.org 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