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Community and Family Services International (CFSI) is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. The purpose of CFSI is rebuilding lives. Based in the Philippines, CFSI works internationally, primarily but not exclusively in the Asia and Pacific Region.
The vision of CFSI is diverse people living together in dignity, peace, and harmony. The mission of CFSI is to vigorously protect and promote human security — specifically, the lives, well being and dignity of people uprooted by persecution, armed conflict, disasters, and other exceptionally difficult circumstances. CFSI has two major goals. The first is to empower and equip uprooted people and others in exceptionally difficult circumstances to address and prevent social and health problems. The second is to prevent children, women, and men from becoming uprooted by promoting peace, respect for human rights, and the equitable distribution of resources.
Established in 1981, CFSI has worked closely with the international community as well as national and local authorities responsible for uprooted persons in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Papua New Guinea. In addition, CFSI has carried out special training efforts in various parts of the world for humanitarian workers, social service personnel, and human rights specialists.
CFSI is staffed by professionals from different countries, mostly Asian, who represent a broad range of disciplines, ethnic and language groups, as well as religions. Whilst celebrating their diversity, Staff Members are united by a commitment to peace, human rights, humanitarian principles, participatory processes, empowerment, and integrity as individuals and as an organization. Staff Members work hand-in-hand with large numbers of volunteers – most of whom are based in the communities in which CFSI operates.