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Faithful House Program Ethiopia

Presented at

The Christian Connection for International Health Conference

Baltimore, USA

May , 2009

By Dr.Dehab Belay

CRS Ethiopia

what is the faithful house
What is The Faithful House ?
  • Building strong marriage and families to affirm life and avoid risk
  • A fundamental importance for mutual fidelity and partner reduction in preventing the prevalence of HIV.
  • A vital contribution to the health and well being of individuals, couples and families.
target groups
Targetgroups:
  • Married and co-habitating couples
  • Engaged and intending couples
  • Young adult or singles to reinforce chastity and develop life skills
  • Parents to assist them in teaching chastity to their children
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Implementation approach:

  • In ECC structures, through parish catechists, youth leaders, laity leaders etc.
  • Flexible implementation modality, regular time after mass or on weekly basis are options used.
  • The program is owned and implemented by ECS and diocesan offices
  • Central coordination and regular technical support is given by the national team.
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Accomplishment: Preparation

  • Exhaustive discussions held among CRS, ECS, Diocese and communities
  • Experience sharing visit was made by 3 people from CRS & ECS to Ugandan FH program.
  • Report of visit was shared with other CRS, ECS and diocesan staff
  • Feasibility assessment was conducted in 2 selected dioceses and up to 3 parishes under each diocese
  • Draft implementation strategy was developed based on the assessments results and the Ugandan experience.
accomplishment cont d
Accomplishment (cont’d)
  • The Faithful House manual was adopted to Ethiopian context.
  • Training of approximately 30 facilitators (ToF) was conducted centrally with the support from MLI & MLU.
  • The program launched in all 5 dioceses.
results
Results
  • 1,281 couples and other community members have been reached
  • Trained couples and community members have reached 8,146 peer contacts.
  • Translation of the FH manual in to local language is now finalized.
  • Integration and mainstreaming already stated with the family desk of each diocese and ECS.
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Response from Participants

  • Highly appreciated by participants, they say, “We have attended many trainings and workshops, but

TFH is very different…”

  • Woreda police members have requested and attended the full session FH along with their spouses.
sustainability
Sustainability
  • FH is integrated into family desk of ECS
  • Family desk does not require additional funding but capacity building to run the program,
  • Part of the evangelization of the church
  • Integrated into the church\'s social service e.g pre-marital counseling
  • Support from the high level church authorities – the bishops
uniqueness of tfh in the ethiopian context
Uniqueness of TFH in the Ethiopian context
  • TFH functioned as a wake-up call for the need of post marital counseling service by the church
  • Highly appreciated and supported by the highest level of Church administration (Bishops)
  • Muslims and members of the Orthodox church have undergone training together (Adigrat)
  • Muslims willingness to adapt the curriculum when funds are available
  • Approach – does not necessarily require that couples meet away from home.
  • TFH implementation highly flexible (goes where interested couple are)
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Challenges/Constraints:

  • Busy schedules of volunteer facilitators
  • In the beginning of implementation, was difficult for both parents to abandon the household at the same time in order to attend the training together.
  • High demand but difficult to meet due to lack of accessibility (some parishes geographic locations).
  • Limited budget to run the program as required.
  • Financial expectations by a few facilitatorss
the faithfull house in east africa
The FAITHFULL HOUSE IN EAST AFRICA
  • Rwanda: are currently conducting operational research in order to determine the best individuals to train for reaching couples in the community and increasing program sustainability.
  • Uganda: the program has expanded to CVT and treatment programs where over 3,000 sero-negative and discordant couples have experienced the training on a slight modigied version of the curriculum
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