“Channels of Hope for Gender is an excellent and effective tool for engaging church leaders and community members to discuss and take action to change negative social norms that are barriers to child well-being and sustainable development. The tool is a powerful way to address the root cause of injustice and poverty and transform the hearts of the people.”
~ Fatuma Hashi, World Vision director, Gender and Development
The Channels of Hope approach is one of World Vision’s most effective programs in partnering with the local church and deeply changing communities to care for most vulnerable. Through the training, churches become actively involved in the breaking of stigma and practices negatively affecting children and the community. Channels of Hope is more than just training or education. It is life transformation. Training is designed to move the heart, inform the mind and motivate a sustained and effective response to key issues. In its first iteration, Channels of Hope addressed the HIV crisis by engaging with 70,000 community and faith leaders in Africa alone. Channels of Hope is now being used to respond to the core issues of gender equity and gender-based violence.
Channels of Hope for Gender is an innovative approach to exploring gender from a biblical perspective. Participants are invited to dialogue on biblical theology, culture and gender with the view of transforming values systems, norms and behaviors which tend to negatively impact male and female relations both domestically and publicly. This model has been piloted with culturally and theologically diverse church and community leaders in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The approach is becoming a preferred community mobilization tool, not only for gender issues and to address gender-based violence, but also for Child Protection, and Advocacy and Justice for Children.
Channels of Hope for Gender is contextualized for the gender issues in each area it is implemented. There is interest in developing materials for the Orthodox and Muslim contexts as well.