Apr 6, 2021

Able to maintain hygiene of homeless women

KOSHISH have been providing short term residential support to abandoned, marginalized, and homeless women. The women that have been receiving support form transit home of KOSHISH are homeless, abandoned, locked, chained, caged, abused women who have been gone through the vulnerable situation due to mental health conditions. The women are rescued and provided with psychosocial support. Those women who are rescued from street usually defecate in their own clothes and are not able to maintain their cleanliness on own. The staffs of transit home take care of them and maintain their cleanliness in daily basis. 

We have been able to raise the fund for purchasing washing machine with the support of donors through GlobalGiving platform. We have already given advance for purchasing the washing machine and soon the washing machine will be delivered. It will make easier for maintaining hygiene of the women. The support has helped us to ensure that we would be able to provide quality and effective services to the homeless women.

Mar 29, 2021

Tele-Counseling Service seeking tendency increased

The continuous spreading of COVID-19 pandemic has increased fear, anxiety, stress, panic-attacks, and suicidal deaths in the general people. The uncertainty regarding the pandemic has created barrier to the availability of services, economic opportunity as well as effected wellbeing of the general people. It has increased the need of counseling services to the general people.

KOSHISH has been providing continuous counseling services and psychosocial support through toll free and online media. So far (December 2020 - March, 2021), KOSHISH have been able to provide counseling services and psychosocial support to 62 persons. The beneficiaries were satisfied and have provided positive feedback towards the services that they received.

Feb 9, 2021

Ongoing Mental Health and Psycho-social Support

Progress Report

With the help of this campaign, KOSHISH has been able to provide specialized care to the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues (MHPSI). The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic created a barrier to provide services to women who required immediate psychosocial support. There was a high risk of transmission of COVID-19 with an enrollment of new beneficiaries in the transit care service center. Thus, KOSHISH established a holding center for minimizing the risk. The new beneficiaries are accommodated in the holding center for 14 days and shifted to the main transit care service center after confirmation of the COVID-19 negative test.

In three months period, KOSHISH has been able to provide psychosocial support to 17 women with mental health and psycho-social issues. Among them, 9 have been reintegrated into their own families and communities. They are in continuous phone follow-ups and it was found that their mental health condition is improving. During phone follow up it was found that all the beneficiaries are taking their medication regularly. Among 9 beneficiaries, 5 were found to be involved in household activities and income-generating activities while 4 are recovering. All the family members and community people of 9 beneficiaries are supported towards them. It was possible through psycho-education and awareness programs conducted by KOSHISH.

Women with a mental health condition are neglected and out of reach of services. KOSHISH was able to provide psychosocial support and specialized care to them through the generous support raised via The GlobalGiving. More women require specialized care and it would only be possible with more helping hands.

Success Story

Improvement in Mental health condition is only possible with support from family

35-years-old Sarita (pseudonym) was always a good wife, daughter-in-law, and mother. She did everything to make her family happy. For some time everyone worshipped her but once she started showing unusual behavior her family started avoiding her. They took her to traditional healers but there was no improvement in her condition. Her in-laws and husband started abusing her which made her condition worst. She was subjected to isolation. Her husband remarried and abandoned her.After 9 months of seclusion, her relatives informed KOSHISH and she was assessed and brought into transit home for short term residential care and psychosocial support.

In transit home, she was involved in psychiatric consultation and psychological interventions along with engagement in therapeutic activities. Slowly, there was an improvement in her mental health. She started showing enthusiasm to involve in recreational activities. She often expressed her wish to meet her small children. KOSHISH outreach team was continuously contacting her in-laws and husband for their support after reintegration. But they showed reluctance to receive her. During reintegration, the outreach worker visited her in-laws and husband and provided psycho-education. Her in-laws showed commitment to support her but her husband on the other hand was fixed with his decision of abandoning her.

During follow up, Sarita was found to be staying with her in-laws. They are looking after her children and her husband is staying separately with his second wife. She helps her mother-in-law in household works and also takes care of her children.

She expressed, "Though my husband is not with me, my in-laws choose me instead of their son. They are my family now and I will always stay with them."

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