By James McIntosh - Interim Director of Development
Easing the pain through sand play therapy
Even when the Nepal Youth Foundation is able to rescue a child from hunger and want, it is not always as easy to rescue that child from the nightmares that remain in the wake of harsh trauma, domestic violence and extreme poverty.
Ankur Counseling Center (ACC) was established in 2006 as a place to give the children of NYF the psychological counseling needed to recover their mental health as they are being restored to physically healthy, happy lives in NYF's other programs.
In addition, ACC offers outreach for other children suffering psychological pain and has provided counseling and therapy to 4,000 children as well as training and orientation for 2,400 adults. ACC trained 45 former Kamlari (indentured servants) girls as peer counselors and these therapists now work with 1,156 young women in 91 support groups.
One of only a few such facilities in Nepal, ACC and other organizations are urging the Nepali government to include mental health in its government health policies. The center's staff work with clients to help them overcome the stigma surrounding mental health.
Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Namaste!
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