Health
 Nepal
Project #2739

Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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After rescue at the transit center
After rescue at the transit center

   Bikram, Suman and Bishal, brothers who are 10, 9, and 5 years old, lost their mother in the terrible earthquake last year, when their home collapsed on top of her, killing her instantly. The mother provided for her sons, by selling home-grown vegetables.

    Within days, the motherless boys were on the verge of being trafficked out of the country. Well aware of the alarming rise of human trafficking of children after natural disasters, NYF was working with local authorities to establish safe transit homes. Police intercepted the boys, and NYF was able to take them in at J House, NYF’s home for boys.

    Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center, who specialize in the treating children suffering from trauma, have been working closely with the boys to ease them into their new home and help them recover from the loss of their mother. The boys regularly visit their father, an impoverished rickshaw driver.

    The brothers are healthy and safe, attending an excellent school in Kathmandu, and love to ride bikes, play basketball and soccer.

    Thousands of emotionally-traumatized children and youth have benefitted from the psychosocial services of Ankur, a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

    Your donation gives Bikram, Suman and Bishal and other traumatized children the counseling, support and therapy they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and possibility.

    Thank you for your continued support!

Off to school from J House
Off to school from J House

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Street drama against early marriage
Street drama against early marriage

Peer counselors are using radio programs, street dramas, discussion groups and home visits to steer girls from the practice of early marriage.

The Early Marriage Prevention Program is targeted at girls freed from the practice of Kamlari, a once common form of childhood slavery abolished in 2013 after NYF carried out a successful campaign to end it. NYF has rescued more than 12,700 girls since it began the effort in 2000.

Poverty forces some families to pressure their daughters into early marriage because they cannot afford to care for them. A lack of opportunity can also lead to marriage before age 18.

NYF is offering opportunity to thousands of these girls through its Empowering Freed Kamlari Program, where they can receive vocational training, counseling, educational support , co-op loans and advocacy training.

The counseling support groups seem to be working. A survey conducted last year by NYF shows that girls in the support groups tend to marry at an older age compared to girls that don’t receive any counseling. According to the survey, 81 percent of the girls in the support groups got married at an appropriate age, while only 19 percent of those outside of the groups did so.

Thank you for helping these girls to build healthy and independent lives.

Namaste!

 


  

Counselors working with support group
Counselors working with support group

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Young children at a counseling session
Young children at a counseling session

Dozens of children orphaned by the earthquakes last spring are staying at one of NYF’s “transit homes” until they can find homes with relatives or other long term care.

In addition to providing food, shelter and clothing, NYF counselors are working with these children to ease them through the trauma of losing their homes, parents and siblings.

Staff spent a week at the transit home in the Gorkha district and engaged the children in both group and individual counseling sessions. Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Center, one of the only counseling centers for children and youth in Nepal, use play and art to help the children express their feelings.

Counselors also trained the caregivers at the transit homes to effectively care for the children.

Ankur therapists counseled more than 800 children and 150 adults after the earthquakes in an effort to comfort survivors.They also trained 300 people in psychological first aid.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session

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Counselors working with support group
Counselors working with support group

Our counselors have now trained 130 peer counselors to work with girls who were rescued from the practice of child slavery known as Kamlari.

The counselors hold regular support groups to help the girls recover from the traumatic experiences as indentured servants in homes far from their families.

In addition to support groups, the peer counselors provide individual peer counseling, house and hostel visits and school visits. There are now 2,137 girls participating in these groups. The peer counselors also counseled nearly 1,000 former Kamlari in individual sessions last year.

NYF has rescued 12,702 girls from Kamlari since we launched the program 15 years ago. Nearly half of them are in school or attending vocational training.

The counseling program has also played a vital role in preventing early marriage among the freed Kamlari through awareness and radio programs, orientations, discussions and group counseling.  

NYF’s counseling center in Kathmandu offers extensive training and technological support to the peer counseling staff.

Thank you for support of our counseling programs.

Namaste!

Street drama against early marriage
Street drama against early marriage

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Counselors learn to sooth nerves after the quakes
Counselors learn to sooth nerves after the quakes

NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center has developed a psychological support mechanism for earthquake survivors focusing on children, teachers and parents. As part of the program, NYF counselors have already trained 145 teachers, staff and volunteers on how to provide psychological first aid and support to the children, and deal with parents to help them overcome the insecurity surrounding the earthquake. Relaxation and self- help techniques were also included in the training. Ankur will be busy conducting trainings for more schools. Ankur is also conducting two days intensive Training of Trainers (TOT) for psychosocial counselors who have been mobilized in the affected community after the earthquake. Twenty-five counselors received this training.

Many people remain traumatized by the massive quakes that struck in April and May and by the hundreds of continuing aftershocks.

We are grateful for our lead counselor Chhori Laxmi Maharjan who took a break from her PhD studies in San Francisco to return to Nepal to handle this crisis.

And thanks to our many supporters who help us do this important work.

Namaste!

Training the Trainers
Training the Trainers
Counselor Chhori Laxmi Maharjan comforts family
Counselor Chhori Laxmi Maharjan comforts family

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, CA United States
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