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New Direction for GFSC in 2014

Our friends at Global Facilitators Serving Communities recently released a special update for NCDD on how their exciting work has been growing that we wanted to make sure our members saw. You can learn more below, and make sure to visit their newly remodeled website at www.globalfacilitators.org.

Reinvigorating and Refocusing are the GFSC directions for 2014

Reinvigorating: GFSC is expanding its Board as we transition to a more locally based post-disaster resource. Much of our activity has been in Latin America and Asia for the past few years and we want the Board to reflect that. We currently have one Board member from Latin America and are seeking at least one more from that region and two representatives from Asia.

Refocusing: One of our gifts is our volunteer force from Latin America.  GFSC trainers Maria Francia Utard (Chile/Costa Rica), Michael Kane (New Orleans, USA) and Francisco Fernandez Colombia) have developed a complete virtual training module for applying the GFSC model for developing post-disaster community resilience. Our newest volunteers (see photo) successfully completed this online workshop and we welcome their continuing participation as trainers. Pictured are Livia Olvera Snyder, Nancy Acosta Castillo, Jorge Valdivieso Zapata and Mauricio Diaz Cruz (Mexico) and Lynda Rojas (Colombia).

The GFSC Board has been collaborating with the Chilean consulting firm Partners in Participation Latino America, on developing a relationship that can include the GFSC Psychosocial Recovery Process Workshop in its strategic objectives. This will provide the opportunity to offer the GFSC process to Chilean mining companies and other organizations interested in training their employees in a preventive model to support their communities in case of crises and natural disasters, common in some areas of Chile.

One of our Board members, Ximena Combariza, recently delivered a GFSC workshop in Spain at the request of a community there. GFSC is working with colleagues in the Philippines to incorporate its model in a school curriculum as well as in community centers.

As natural disasters seem to occur more frequently, are more devastating and affect many more people around the world, GFSC wants to partner with other organizations in local areas to collaborate and provide this kind of training. GFSC has provided its Psychosocial Recovery Process Workshop for communities in the Philippines, Taiwan, Columbia, Chile, and the United States.

We welcome suggestions on how we might best use and expand our global resources. Contact us at info@globalfacilitators.org.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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