What is Channels of Hope?
Channels of Hope is an interactive, facilitated process to create a safe space for faith leaders and faith communities to learn, share and debate. It reaches to the root causes and deepest convictions that impact attitudes, norms, values and practices toward the most vunerable. The process is grounded in guiding principles from participants’ holy scriptures. CoH is more than just workshops or education, it is life transformation. It is designed to move the heart, inform the mind and motivate a sustained and effective response to significant issues. CoH does not proselytise or change people’s doctrine, but equips faith leaders to apply their sacred texts to key social issues and encourage other faith leaders to do the same.
CoH mobilises and builds on the existing competencies of community leaders, especially faith leaders and their congregations, to respond to some of the most difficult issues affecting their communities. Through this process, they are exposed to additional capacity-building efforts that may strengthen their own responses.
Channels of Hope Curricula
There are Channels of Hope curricula in the five following areas:
HIV and AIDS
For each area, CoH provides a series of training and workshops for faith leaders and faith community members in order to catalyse faith leaders into action, through providing factual information and scriptural reflection to attitudes and actions that provide child well-being. Sustained dialogue and relationships across faith communities and between faith communities and other community actors lead to stronger child well-being systems. Faith communities and partners demonstrate changes in attitudes through collective action for social change in prevention, advocacy and care.
The CoH process is focused on partnering with local faith leaders, their congregations and communities to empower them to meet community needs on a sustainable basis. The process is structured in four phases of activity:
1 - Prepare (developing materials, mapping potential stakeholders and identifying recruitment criteria);
2 - Catalyse (activity focused around an interactive three-day workshop on child protection issues for faith leaders and their spouses, which draws upon both technical child protection knowledge and relevant religious teachings);
3- strategise (supporting faith leaders to form groups within their congregations, Congregational/Community Hope Action Teams (CHATs), who develop plans to address child protection issues in collaboration with the wider community);and
4 - Empower (activities encouraging reflection upon progress and wider influence on the enabling environment).
Impact in Faith Communities
All CoH curricula work to mobilise faith leaders and their congregations as advocates on the most pressing issues raised within CoH workshops. Based on personal transformation and knowledge gained from CoH workshops, faith leaders and their congregations engage in advocacy within their communities to redress wrongs. World Vision also provides advocacy training to those who demonstrate the passion to be a voice for those affected by key issues in their communities.