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Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children
Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children

When COVID-19 cases began increasing in Nepal in March, most of NYF's regular programs were put on hold. The government banned all non-essential travel, and staff began working from home as much as possible. As case numbers surged, the country imposed a strict, nation-wide lockdown, and Ankur Counseling Center quickly followed suit.

Though on lockdown, the amazing staff at Ankur have been working harder than ever. In this report, we'd like to spotlight Chhori M. — head of Ankur Counseling Center, and one of the many trained professionals working tirelessly in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chhori is among the first Doctors of Psychology in Nepal, having only recently returned home from her PhD program here in the United States (she specialized in sand play therapy for children with trauma). She's putting her years of hard work, education, and practical experience to good use during the pandemic.

Working from home in lockdown conditions much stricter than those in the States, Chhori says, “I’ve been providing tele-counseling services for children and families to minimize distress amid COVID-19. In addition, I have been providing training and supervision for peer counselors and mental health professionals working for violence against children and women. These peer counselors and mental health professionals are actively providing counseling services in the community.”

She’s also offering counseling services over the telephone to front line health care workers, the children in NYF’s care, and NYF staff members.

The best part of working at Ankur? For Chhori, it’s always the children. “I see them grow and thrive into the persons they were meant to be. This is the best part of my job and it always brings me joy and inspires me to work harder, stay connected and strengthens my intentions to serve Nepalese children.”

Chhori and the rest of her team at Ankur Counseling Center are doing critical work — and NYF relies on your wonderful support to keep it going. Please donate today to help us continue our important mission. Eligible gifts up to $50 (per unique donor per organization) made between September 14th-18th will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

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During this time of uncertainty, we want to thank you for your continuing concern for the NYF family. As of March 17, our programs in Nepal have been restricted to protect the vulnerable young people in our care, and ensure the health and safety of the NYF staff.

Due to the strict nation-wide lockdown in Nepal, Ankur Counseling Center, an important part of most NYF programs, can no longer provide in-person therapy sessions. However, thanks to your generous support, the trained counselors who work there have continued to provide essential services over the internet and the telephone. 

Ankur counselors are working tirelessly to reach even more people. Their meaningful work has increased significantly during the lockdown, as NYF tries to reach families suffering from domestic violence (a side-effect of lockdown conditions). NYF is working with the government for longer-term solutions for these families, but in the meantime, Ankur staff members are providing what therapeutic support they can.

As this pandemic continues to develop, NYF is committed to keeping the vulnerable communities in our care safe and healthy. 

We are so deeply touched by the ongoing concern and support from the NYF Family — thank you.

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“Ujesh” was just a baby when he tragically lost his mother to suicide. His desperately poor father scraped together a livelihood for a few years, but then disappeared - leaving Ujesh to fend for himself. 

In the safe and stable environment of Olgapuri Children’s Village, Ujesh, now seven years old, is thriving. He goes to school every day, and comes home to a big "family" that supports and cares for him.  But in order to continue enjoying his childhood, Ujesh needs to heal from the trauma of his past. 

Staff at NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center provides specialized counseling and therapy sessions for Ujesh, and so many other children just like him. By addressing the deep trauma of loss and abandonment through age-appropriate approaches, Ankur counselors help Ujesh develop healthy coping skills. 

Your generosity has helped to heal so many children just like Ujesh - and we hope you’ll continue your support for Ankur’s programs. Thank you.

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Sona's first sand tray at Ankur Counseling Center
Sona's first sand tray at Ankur Counseling Center

Ankur counselors use special approaches to help children heal from trauma that may be so deep they can’t even talk about it. Sand tray therapy has been particularly helpful for 11-year-old “Sona.”

After years of struggle, Sona’s desperately poor parents – both severely disabled – were forced to send Sona away for a better life. By creating miniature worlds using toy figures in a sand tray, Sona was able to address her painful feelings of abandonment.

Sona’s first sand tray at Ankur Counseling Center was unstructured and chaotic, and told no particular story. But as she continued with her therapy sessions, her trays became more and more organized. By her last tray, there was a clear storyline with many different themes and characters. It even featured a friend with a physical disability playing with the main character – indicative of Sona coming to terms with her trauma.

Your generosity helps Sona, and many others like her, heal from deep trauma. Thank you so much!

Sona's most recent sand tray
Sona's most recent sand tray

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Abandoned, orphaned, and destitute, most of the children in NYF’s programs are recovering from trauma. Staff at Ankur Counseling Center provides essential support for these children, including those at Olgapuri Children’s Village.

Over the past three months, Ankur counselors visited Olgapuri regularly to run a variety of sessions. While sessions for the younger children included age-appropriate games and activities like expressive art therapy and story-telling, older students attended workshops focused on building important life skills — like setting appropriate goals, communicating effectively, and making difficult decisions. For example, in the test-taking lesson, students learned how to handle exam anxiety, tackle time management, and practice relaxation techniques.

Some of these children have endured more trauma and suffering at an early age than most people experience in a lifetime. Psychological therapy helps them heal. Your continued support ensures that the children in our care are leading happy and healthy lives!

We’re so thankful for your support.

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
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Julie Pofsky
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Sausalito, CA United States
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