How working with faith schools is different
Working with faith schools offers a unique opportunity to engage the wider community. That's because they are usually part of a bigger faith structure – one that is highly trusted and influential.
Linked into the community
For a start, the school is usually linked to the local place of worship – church, mosque or temple. This is often at the heart of the community. Involving the local place of worship offers opportunities to:
Part of a bigger structure
The local place of worship is also part of a bigger structure – the parish, diocese, church headquarters, Islamic Supreme Council or National Hindu Council.
This has the leadership and the institutional structure to scale up WASH promotion and activities across a wider area. Engaging the faith structure brings:
In addition, faith groups are:
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'It is not too late. God's world has incredible healing powers. Within a single generation we could steer the Earth towards our children's future. Let that generation start now.'
How faith structures deepen impact
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Why work with faith groups?
Faith groups are the biggest organised element of civil society – and often the most influential and trusted. Globally, more than one in eight people describe themselves as belonging to a faith. In Africa, 90% of people say they are Christian or Muslim.
Picture credits, clockwise from top: Kashmiri kids, by Sandeepashetan.com. Singing in Nairobi, by ARC.