Centre for Faith and Community Development (CFCD), formerly New Era Educational and Charitable Support Initiative (NEEDCSI), is a nonprofit organization with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). CFCD works to strengthen communities by building relationships between faith-based organizations and local communities. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of faith-based organizations to build healthy communities by providing leadership, training and resources. CFCD recognizes that faith and spirituality can inspire and empower individuals to become agents of change, leading to the creation of just and compassionate societies. CFCD is recognized by CIVICUS as a legitimate and trusted civil society actor that champions human rights and social justice. CFCD is a member of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and United Religions Initiative (URI).
Faith-based Community Development
The Faith-Based Community Development Initiative provides technical assistance, training, and resources to help faith-based organizations become more effective in their community development work. The initiative offers a variety of services, including: providing technical assistance to faith-based organizations on a variety of topics, including planning, Conferences, program development, and evaluation.
Education and Leadership Development
Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the CFCD invests in education and leadership development initiatives to equip individuals and communities with the knowledge, skills, and ethical frameworks necessary to address social justice issues. This program includes training programs, workshops, and seminars on topics such as community organizing, conflict resolution, human rights, and the intersection of faith and social justice.
Interfaith Dialogue and Collaboration
The CFCD facilitates interfaith dialogue and collaboration as a means to foster understanding, respect, and cooperation among individuals and communities from diverse religious backgrounds. The program includes organizing periodic interfaith conferences, forums, and workshops aimed at promoting dialogue, addressing common challenges, and building relationships across faith traditions.
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