Nov 10, 2016

Look What You Did!

At home.
At home.

The April 2015 earthquake destroyed 88% of the houses in the Nuwakot district of Nepal. In a mountain village near Jirethum, “ 35 kilo,” Hope for Nepal is rebuilding homes destroyed in the quake, with a grant from GlobalGiving.

The Tributaries mental health team was here in September, training local service providers. Some of the participants were among those rebuilding, and they showed us their new homes.

Each family was able to choose between a basic, two-room house and a house with two stories, with the lower level for keeping animals or supplies. In most cases, the family receiving the home also contributed funds and labor to complete the work.

Seven homes are now finished, with three more still under construction in this village. Other homes scattered around the area have been repaired as well.

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

Two more homes under construction.
Two more homes under construction.
Hope for Nepal and TI team members
Hope for Nepal and TI team members
A completed home.
A completed home.

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Oct 18, 2016

Mental Health in Nepal - Training Update

Mental Health Training in Nuwakot
Mental Health Training in Nuwakot

The Tributaries mental health team served in Nepal last month. Goals were to train a new group of service providers and to follow up with church leaders trained last year.

At the 2-day follow-up in Kathmandu, participants said training had made them more aware of people’s needs. They are more prepared to listen and learn the stories of people who are struggling. Knowing the person’s story helped them to engage in compassionate support and to refer when appropriate. In one case, a man we trained last year was able to help someone who was suicidal.

Koshish, a local organization working with the severely mentally ill, made a presentation to the group. They shared about their work with transitional centers, and how we can work together to help people with severe mental illness.  On the final day of training last year, one participant said: “I have learned to respect people with mental illness, and to stop people from throwing stones at them.” At the end of the presentation from Koshish, a brother sang a song about how it feels to be at the other end of the stone. The entire group was deeply moved.

In Nuwakot District, closer to the epicenter of the 2015 earthquake, 18 people attended training for 4 days. This was the first time these service providers had access to any mental health or trauma training. Some of the participants had lost homes during the earthquakes. Our partner, Hope for Nepal, has rebuilt homes in the area and continues to build.

With tears, one participant told the team she had been praying for something like this training to come. She said the content was just what was needed for her to heal and to help others heal.

Training always includes ways to help children. Using the book Baby Finds Grace six participants worked directly with a small group of children. Three of the six continued to work with the children in Nuwakot, helping them through grief and trauma. The other three participants planned to start new groups.

Training local informal service providers builds a safety net where people can find mental health care in the community. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

At the Koshish office Keshar sang his song again
At the Koshish office Keshar sang his song again
Working with children
Working with children

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Oct 11, 2016

Training Update

Working with children in Myanmar
Working with children in Myanmar

“We give the food and love, but it’s not enough. Their need is inside.”

Hannah cares for 64 orphaned children in Myanmar (Burma). She had just taken six of those children through the first chapter of Baby Finds Grace, a story designed to help children process their grief and/or trauma. She and 27 other church leaders and orphanage workers received 5 days of training in basic mental health and counseling before they started working with the children. While some participants returned to their home areas, others committed to continue working with the children over the next 6 weeks.

August through September of this year, the Tributaries International Mental Health Team trained church leaders and community workers in three nations. In Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the Nuwakot area of Nepal, this was the first time these service providers had access to this kind of training.

In a follow-up with service providers trained last year in Kathmandu, participants said training had made them more aware of people’s needs. They were more prepared to listen and learn the stories of people who are struggling. Knowing the person’s story helped them to engage in compassionate support and to refer.

The Carter Center in Liberia asked Dr. Lyn Westman, the Mental Health Program Consultant for Tributaries and Mercy Ships, to prepare a sermon for use the week of October 10th for World Mental Health Day. The message, intended to raise awareness and provide a call to respond to mental health needs, was distributed to church leaders and traditional healers in Liberia and around the world.

Training local informal service providers builds a safety net where people can find mental health care in the community. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

Training in Myanmar
Training in Myanmar

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