Mental Health support for violence survivors

by Voice for Humanity Uganda
Mental Health support for violence survivors
Mental Health support for violence survivors
Mental Health support for violence survivors
Mental Health support for violence survivors

Project Report | Mar 20, 2023
Follow-up Report

By Elungat David | Executive Director

Sauda's Group members pose for a photo with Team
Sauda's Group members pose for a photo with Team

''I live with hope and am now surrounded by loving friends around me which makes me happy all the time with no time for stress''. This was the first statement made by Sauda who is a 45 year old South Sudanese refugee widow living at Boroli Settlement of Adjumani during our program followup visit. Having lost her hunband to war in Soutrh Sudan, Sauda ran to Uganda with 4 of her biological children. She also took on the responsibility of caring for 5 of her brothers children since the brother and his wife were killed in South Sudan. The burden of caring for 9 children single handedly became so heavy for Sauda that at some point she considered suicide. 'I used not to sleep because of too much thoughts, I could not eat and even talking to other people was a problem to me'. But since I attended this counseling program in 2017, my life has never been the same. 'I now relate very well with my neigbours and I have forgiven all those who killed my hunsband and brother'. 'Am happy with my children'.

Sauda was one of the 10 group of women who underwent through our group based trauma counseling program in 2017. The group counselling program was conducted for 10 days, each lasting between 2-3 hours.  During the group therapy, topics such as buidling trust, understanding stress (its signs and effects), how to manage personal stress, Forgiveness, etc were handled. After the 10 days, the women were placed in agroup and encouraged to meet regularly so that they can encourage each other. Sauda has found comfort in her group where she is able to confide and share any challenges she faces. Like Sauda, all other members of the group are happy, joyful and live as sisters. They have built a bond among themselves which helps them to support each other.

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Voice for Humanity Uganda

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Twitter: @vfhuga
Project Leader:
David Elungat
Kampala , Uganda

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