With rich experience of providing Psychosocial Support (PSS) to survivors of 2015 earthquake, BNMT will provide PSS to 1,000 individuals affected by 2017 devastating flood in Banke, Nepal. Mental health has always taken a back seat and especially in disaster very few local actors look into this aspect, therefore, we will provide Psychological first aid, counseling services to the communities, capacity building training to health workers and volunteers to cope and prepare from future calamities
Villages and communities are stranded without food, water and electricity and even a piece of land to bury their dead. With the loss of near and dear ones and the family's property, farmland and homes, people may experiences psychosocial problems. 160 people have already lost their lives, many are still missing and more than 13,000 individuals have been displaced by the flood in Banke alone. These people need emotional and social support to get back to normalcy.
Time tested and locally engineered psychological first aid will be provided to 1000 victims of the flood by local counselors who understand the local culture and traditions. Special attention will be given to vulnerable groups such as children, elderly, mentally and physically challenged, marginalized, women, pregnant/lactating women. Later, Psychosocial Support Services, counseling services and capacity building training will be provided in the community to help them cope with life challenges.
While government and most of the organizations are focusing on providing immediate relief, this project focuses on rehabilitating the affected communities through mental and psychosocial support services. The initiative will help affected community overcome their situation and be resilient. The capacity building trainings provided to the health /non health workers (community volunteers) will enhance their skills and knowledge to prepare them for psychosocial response in future calamities.