Norwegian Church Aid in Cuba

  • Been here since: 1994 (Also supported in 1973-1974, 1980-1984)
  • Money spent in 2015: 566.036 NOK

Norwegian Church Aid has cooperated with local, church based organizations in Cuba since 2001. Today we focus our work on gender based violence.

Handicrafts in Cuba

Our Cuba programme is managed from the Haiti office.

Gender based violence

In Cuba, our partners CCRD, CIC and CMMLK contribute to reduce Gender-Based Violence in close relations through empowerment of women and capacity building. Through campaigns and dialogue, ecumenical organizations and local churches are being influenced to transform and change the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and practices that underpin gender-based violence. Training and awareness raising are conducted on topics such as gender equity, gender diversity, gender in theology and masculinity, targeting in particular religious leaders. Communities are also accompanied to create support groups to defend and support survivors.

Cuban society is largely patriarchal, and the idea that the man is the head of the household is persistent. However, through programmes implemented by our partners, women are empowered, to occupy leadership roles within their churches and communities. This increases their meaning participation in the church, in social activities in the communities, and increases the self-esteem.

Faith based actors and dialogue

Norwegian Church Aid support our church based partners measures for dialogue across religious communities internally in churches. We seek to promote participation and cooperation across religious communities and social divisions.

Coordination through ACT Alliance

Norwegian Church Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance’s international network. In Cuba the ACT-members have several joint partners, which enable closer collaboration.

We also acknowledge that our Cuban partners can play a central role in South-South exchange. Therefore we wish to explore the opportunities for cooperation between our Cuban partners and other partner organizations in the region. This could particularly be relevant with Haiti.