Livelihoods

Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Aug 20, 2020
Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have implemented community-driven humanitarian assistance programs for decades, responding to the needs of millions of families in countries around the globe. From natural disasters, to armed conflict, to social and economic upheaval, we are there to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people affected by crisis. We work in partnership with a range of community stakeholders, both public and private, to enable communities to recover from crisis, rebuild safely, and restart livelihoods sooner, laying the foundation for long-term recovery. Global Communities, known locally as CHF International, has deep roots in Lebanon, where we have worked to... Read more
Apr 04, 2019
By David Weiss, President & CEO, Global Communities Global Communities has been working in Honduras for more than 30 years. We help Hondurans develop sustainable solutions for unemployed youth who often have little choice but to join a gang. We help Hondurans to combat Zika, Malaria, and HIV health crises. And we help their farmers find relief from drought. Through our community-led work, we have seen time and time again that Hondurans would prefer to stay at home. They don’t want to make the treacherous journey north just to survive. One family farmer, for example, shared with us that after getting involved in our community-led water harvesting project, he and his family now have hope, and no longer see the need to leave their country. For the first time, many farmers in the dry... Read more
Nov 20, 2018
Global Communities YIEDIE Graduate Makes BBC 100 Women of 2018 List BBC 100 Women has announced its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018. Global Communities is proud to announce that one of the participants of our YIEDIE program in Ghana, Ruth Medufia, has made the list. Ruth, number 58 on the list, is a 27-year-old female welder who lives in an urban slum community in Ghana and aspires to be a role model for young women in the construction industry. Ruth learned skills through the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative For Employment (YIEDIE), which is working to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for disadvantaged youth and is... Read more
Sep 05, 2018
Biogas for Better Access to Energy and Livelihood Rural villages in northern Syria are facing severe energy crises due to damaged infrastructure, fuel scarcity, and the poor quality and high price of fuels available. All this leads to a lack of power generation, greatly affecting people’s lives. Recent fuel shortages in Idleb have led to an unavailability and unaffordability of this critical commodity for Syrians living in the area. Through the Biogas for Better Access to Energy and Livelihood program, Global Communities is equipping 250 families with the materials and knowledge needed to produce biogas at the household level, enabling them to cook, light and heat their homes using a sustainable fuel source. This innovative... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Global Communities in Yemen Global Communities has been working in Yemen since 2004 helping to empower young people and improve the educational system, as well as build the capacity of media and civil society to address and engage the public around social issues related to the rights of women and children. Read more about our current and previous program in Yemen here:   
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
Mar 23, 2018
Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. The CDD approach is inclusive, ensuring representation of all community segments; transparent coordination with local leaders; targeted outreach to women; gender sensitization across the community to promote women’s voices in decision-making; strategic communication and grievance redress mechanisms throughout project... Read more
Mar 12, 2018
PROPEL-South Sudan End-Line Report Executive Summary Applying Community-Driven Development to Strengthen Resilience in a Conflict Setting: Lessons from South Sudan Executive Summary
The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. PROPEL provided material improvements in the lives of community members and at the same time strengthened the communities’ capacity to drive their... Read more
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