It all started with an idea that was saturated with prayer. Mark & Mae del Mundo built a team of dedicated individuals in the US and the Philippines whose desire is to bring the hope and the love of Jesus to those who are broken because of trauma. Restore was founded in 2018 and the organization’s plan was to implement a three year pilot program.
What is A Focus Group Discussion?
A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) is a form of qualitative research where guided and open questions are asked from small groups of participants with similar backgrounds or experiences to obtain insights and perspectives on a particular topic.
The Pilot Program and Phase II
On July 23, 2018, Restore CFS Cebu launched its Pilot Program with only four clinicians and two administrative personnel. Restore’s reputation for providing evidence based trauma-recovery services has become known in the community, and an influx of referrals from shelters, orphanages, churches, and social welfare institutions continue to steadily pour in. The need is great, and God is faithful in meeting the need. By God’s grace, Restore was able to add five more employees. Currently, there are 11 devoted staff working together to help bring restoration to survivors of trauma and abuse. Almost 251 children and teenagers have received services from Restore CFS since 2018, and we are excited to see how God will reach more through Restore.
As the completion of the pilot program comes to an end, the organization conducted an FGD at Bradford United Church of Christ, Inc., on May 29 and June 5, 2021. The purpose of the FGD is to gather data and evaluate the quality of the program’s services. To maintain confidentiality and encourage honest and unbiased responses from the interviewees, volunteer moderators and notetakers facilitate the discussion groups. FGD participants included 13 clients (6 children and 7 adolescents), 11 caregivers, and 10 representatives from partner institutions (churches, social-welfare institutions, shelters, health centers, LGUs, NGOs, etc.). The participants were assigned to a group consisting of six to seven individuals, and the sessions lasted a maximum of two hours. The feedback of these key stakeholders will be reviewed and analyzed to determine the direction for the upcoming launch of Restore’s Phase II project in 2022.