Jun 10, 2020

Increase in GBV issues during COVID-19

With the aim of supporting the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues, this campaign was initiated by KOSHISH. This campaign supports to lead the quality life of those women and girls and being included in the community on an equal basis as others.

The transit care service of KOSHISH has been in operation for the emergency psychosocial care and treatment of the abandoned women and girls who underwent through the violence and living with mental health issues. Your generous support has contributed in the recovery of those women. During past three months of period, KOSHISH has been able to provide psychosocial support to 7 women with mental health and psycho-social issues. As for now, the country is in lockdown state because of COVID-19, however for those who require immediate support and are in severe mental health state has been received after conducting Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Among them, 3 has been reintegrated back in their own home after recovery. KOSHISH has received many calls from the communities and many women living with mental health issues are in waiting list for the services.

COVID-19 has also impacted the lives of people in Nepal. KOSHISH has been providing tele-counseling support to the persons who are in need from it's existing Psychologists via toll-free number. So far, we have provided tele-counseling and followup services to 746 people in different parts of the country.

 

Increase in Mental health problems due to GBV during COVID-19 and Lockdown

"Once I was physically and mentally abused by my husband and in-laws for being unable to give birth to a son. I struggled with mental health problems for many years which added more hatred and isolation in my life. But now I am living happy life with my daughters and my husband and in-laws' attitude towards me have changed. They support me and help me to take care of my daughters." - Ramila (Beneficiary of KOSHISH)

She is one of the many women who experienced mental health problems because of constant torture, abuse, and violence from their own family members. As on today, she have no issues and is leading a contended life but there are many women in our country who are still going through these kinds of social problems, who are shut down or locked with all the sufferings. GBV is one of the major issues in Nepalese society. More than 52% of beneficiaries who received psychosocial support from KOSHISH; experienced mental health problems because of GBV. During this COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown situation, there has been an increment in number of GBV cases as the women are forced to live confined within the four walls away from any support system. This has ultimately increased the ratio of women experiencing psychosocial problems.

May 18, 2020

Transforming the lives of marginalized women

With the aim of supporting the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues, this campaign was initiated by KOSHISH. This campaign supports to lead the quality life of those women and girls and being included in the community on an equal basis as others.

The transit care service of KOSHISH has been in operation for the emergency psychosocial care and treatment of the abandoned women and girls who underwent through the violence and living with mental health issues. Those women were able to get recovery throught your generous support raised via The GlobalGiving. So far the campaign started, KOSHISH has been able to support 79 women with mental health issues. Since those women who are in recovery phase required to stay for an average of 3 months of duration at the transit care service, they require food, medicines, counseling and proper care. KOSHISH would like to appeal you to join your hands to support those women.

 

Success Story:

I am Durga (changed name). I live in Udaypur with my five children. My children are world to me. Twelve years back, two of my daughters started experiencing mental health conditions which crashed my world and my family scattered. I sought help from traditional healers but everything went in vain. Unwillingly, I was obligated to lock my daughters in a room where I used to tie my younger daughter’s leg with a rope; imagine what might have gone through a mother’s heart. After many dark years, I got to know about KOSHISH from my neighbor. After few assessment, KOSHISH started treatment of my daughters in Transit Care Services. Initially, I had no trust on the treatment and I was hesitated to send my daughters. KOSHISH staffs used to communicate with me about my daughter’s health on regular basis which helped me to overcome my hesitation and lack of trust toward KOSHISH.

My daughters spent four months in transit care and their mental health condition improved. I cried with happiness, looking at their transformation in mere time of four months. They were no more the same miserable girls. They look happy and different.

My elder daughter is recovering faster than my younger one but I am more positive towards their recovery now. My elder daughter supports me in every household works and vegetable farming. She takes care of the home in my absence. Whereas, I am relieved that my younger daughter can at least take care of herself now. My daughters are living examples for everyone in the community who once thought that my daughters are burden. This was all possible with the effort of my neighbor and KOSHISH. I will always be grateful to them.

Dec 16, 2019

The project is transforming the lives of women

Binu (in center) with Social Workers during rescue
Binu (in center) with Social Workers during rescue

KOSHISH has been providing short-term rehabilitation service to the most abandoned women who are suffering from violence and living with mental health issues through it's Tansit Centre in Lalitpur. Those women were able to get recovery throught your generous support raised via The GlobalGiving. Since September-November, 2019, KOSHISH was able to help 21 women living with severe mental health issues. So far, KOSHISH has been able to support 78 women with mental health issues through this project. 

There are many women who are locked, chained and abandoned in the streets due to having mental health problem and faced violence, and they are subjected to humanrights violation. KOSHISH would like to appeal you to join your hands to support for the cause.

 

Case Story: Helpless woman with prone to violence rescued

A 25 years old woman, Binu Tamang (pseudonym) was rescued in October 25, 2019 from Lamjung district. KOSHISH was informed about her condition by the local community people as she was prone to violence while wandering in the streets. She had been experiencing mental health problems from last 12 years. The primary symptoms were sitting alone, awkward laughing, wandering aimlessly, talking to self and lack of conscience. She had no concern and affection towards her children and husband. Her hygiene was deteriorating continuously and she had no conscience of eating regularly. The community people shared that her mother and brother also had similar mental health condition. Few years back her mother passed away. Her brother still has the problems and no treatment has been provided yet.

In the transit home, she has been provided with the psychiatric consultation. Now she is under medication. Her personal hygiene is being maintained by the caregivers at transit home. The staffs are providing care and support to her. Hopefully, she will recover soon and we will reintegrate her back in her own family.

 
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