Mental Health Programme aims at providing psychological support to children rescued from the streets and ensure their emotional and mental well-being.
This Programme was able to provide emotional psychological services to children living in residential centres and children affected by HIV. The project aims to support a total of 550 children living in residential centres of SBT with special focus on children with developmental challenges and learning difficulties.
Introduction and Objective
The concept note briefly explains the support sought by Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) to strengthen it’s Mental Health Programme. The key objectives of the programme are as follows.
To provide psychological support to children rescued from the streets and ensure their emotional and mental well-being.
To provide adequate support to children with learning and developmental challenges by enrolling them to special schools and enrolling them to professional institutions for therapeutic treatment.
Thematic Area and Project Activities
Structure and Process of the Programme:-
Initial counselling sessions conducted with each and every new child enrolled in SBT residential centres
Individual counselling sessions conducted on a monthly basis to address the psychological problems and needs of children in the residential centres
Quarterly group sessions conducted with children to engage them in art, discussions on life skills and other aspects of life in a play way method
Enrolling children with disabilities in specialised institutions
Extending in-house academic and psychological support to these children and monitor their progress
Quarterly monitoring of activities at each residential centre by Executive Council members and Mental Health Coordinator
Bi-annual reporting of psychological progress of children and educational progress of children. The educational progress would include the following
o Higher Education Programme
o Proper short listing and screening of students
o Admission in various schools
Long Term Plan
MHP plays a vital role in the development of each and every child who comes to SBT. This year we envision to provide better holistic support to our children with neuro – development difficulties with the aim to help them develop basic self-help skills
Through various workshops for the MHP team at SBT we plan develop the capacity and skills of the team enabling them to provideadvanced quantitative therapies to the children.
SBT’s MHP programme is recognised as one of its kind due to its uniqueness and focus on professional and trained care. There are several child care institutions such as government run children home who would largely benefit from such training. We envisage two training for external caregivers in the proposed year. It would be a step towardsreplicating our good practices.
Apna Ghar Children’s Home was established on January 17, 2000 as a full care residential shelter for children in need of care and protection. Operating in Pahar Ganj area of Delhi, the Home provides residential care to runaway and missing children and those rescued from child labour, beggary and other vulnerable circumstances. The children at Apna Ghar are provided, health, education, vocational training and restoration and rehabilitation services. Apart from above mentioned services, counselling and mental health support is also given to the children. Additionally, children who are about to step into adulthood i.e. turn 18 are linked to jobs. Providing full care residential care,
Apna Ghar serves as safe, secure and an enabling place to live for children rescued from streets. Recognised as Open Shelter under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000, Apna Ghar team works with a rights-based perspective. The team’s key goal is protect and realise the rights of children, keeping in mind their best interest. Currently, the Open Shelter caters to 25 boys in the age group of 5-18 years
We have 7 childrens home where children are provided with healthy food , safe space , education , mental health services and rehabilitation.
Our appeal for raising funds thru the GlobalGiving platform is to help 2 children who are affected by HIV and who are staying at one of our shelter homes .
The children wanted to be with their family but the family had no means to provide food and shelter to these kids . So, through the money raised we wanted to help them reunite them with their family and at the same time take care of their physical health .
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