Jul 18, 2017

Starting a Conversation...

Andre is helping people in Cameroon
Andre is helping people in Cameroon

Andre says people always seem to back away when the topic of mental health comes up. So he takes a proactive approach. As a pastor, when he sees signs someone may be struggling he initiates a conversation. If the person wants to talk, he listens. Sometimes people are holding grief inside, and he helps them through the grieving process. He also sees a lot of students stressed over exams. As they talk, he finds they often have problems at home which influence their performance at school. Andre has been able to train ten other people by taking them through the manual in the evenings after work.

If the person wants to talk, he listens. Sometimes people are holding grief inside, and he helps them through the grieving process. He also sees a lot of students stressed over exams. As they talk, he finds they often have problems at home which influence their performance at school. Andre has been able to train ten other people by taking them through the manual in the evenings after work.

Often, just having someone with counseling skills can bridge the difference between hope and despair. Thank you for supporting Tributaries International mental health training programs. By equipping informal providers like Andre, you’re making care and counseling available at the community level where people live.

As 2017 continues, the Tributaries International mental health team is equipping service providers in Myanmar, Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, the United States, and Canada. These providers will use the training as they work in a variety of settings. We’re also putting together our first online training sessions.

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Apr 25, 2017

Training Update

This group is learning about children and grief.
This group is learning about children and grief.

“People are suffering in sorrow, and they don’t know what to do.  Now I can help them.”

The mental health training team has been busy this year, training in 6 nations since the beginning of February.  After training in Asia, we joined with the Mercy Ships mental health team in Africa.

Over 90 service providers were trained in Pakistan and Thailand. They are active in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), churches, and health care centers.  Some are working with victims of domestic violence, terrorism, or trafficking, some with refugees or struggling youth.

Participants learn a counselee – focused process to help a person make sense of the chaos in their lives. It’s not a formula, but gives a framework for understanding the person, their situation, and where to focus.

In Thailand, Some of the participants continued meeting afterward and are using the training to start new mental health initiatives. Some of the women in Pakistan are going through the manual again as a group, to reinforce what they learned and to help the children of their community.

Your support helps to equip informal servicer providers & makes compassionate care available for more people. You are also helping to overcome misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health.  

THANK YOU!

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Mar 9, 2017

Construction is Finished!

New homes bring smiles
New homes bring smiles

Now I can keep my all grain and harvest in the house, and all the family members are together!” This is the report from a farmer in Nuwakot district, where 88% of the homes were destroyed in Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes.

Hope for Nepal used a grant from GlobalGiving to rebuild homes destroyed in the quake. After delays from last year’s fuel situation and a shortage of materials, villagers began to see frames go up last March. The project is finally complete, and 120 people were directly impacted, with 20 homes rebuilt. Sixteen are located in Nuwakot district, two in Dhading, and two in Gorkha. Some damaged homes were also repaired. 

The village of “35 kilos” was chosen for most of the homes, because of the destruction there and the lack of help from outside. Beneficiaries contributed their own resources to make their houses more beautiful and strong. This project will now be closed because construction of the 20 homes is complete.

This is what the homeowners say:

We are recovering now from the greatest loss by earthquake that we had – we lost our house and other things but now we have a house to be in!” 

"Now I am in my own home, not in the temporary tent. Life is safe and protected." 

THANK YOU for your generous support of rebuilding efforts in Nepal!

Twenty homes were rebuilt
Twenty homes were rebuilt

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