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3. "THE ASSISTED RESILIENCE PARADIGM ALLOWS TO OPERATIONALIZE AND TRANSFER THIS APPROACH INTO  FIELD WORK"

“We work in dark contexts, where shadows sorround and trap children and teens. We work in murky contexts, where youth’s brutalities emerge. We cannot change our neighborhood overnight. However, we can help young people to let them having an opportunity to see and do something beautiful. We should be factories of small opportunities, able to plant a small green seed in our children, in order to make something beautiful growing in them and spreading around them”. Operator, daily care center for minors, IoConto Network

The concept of resilience, in constant development, is persistently more and more included in guidelines, best practices and missions of organizations, as well as national and international actors involved in the humanitarian field. On the one hand, there is an overall recognition of the importance of integrating the concept of resilience into programs and projects to promote well-being and psychosocial support. On the other, however, there are limited cases of actions aimed at training such operators in applying this approach on the ground.

These considerations guided RiRes in elaborating resilience-rooted methodologies, tools and workshops aimed at operators who take charge of vulnerable groups, in order to include them in assisted resilience capacity building programs. As of today, more than 500 operators from 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe have been trained by RiRes to the assisted resilience paradigm, later employed with their users. Organizations and communities trained at this paradigm experienced the honor and privilege of generating new opportunities, making possible the impossible (Forés, Grané y Ollé, 2014).

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