The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges that have serious implications in many domains of health and well-being. This has created a barrier for women with mental health and psychosocial issues (MHPSI) and made them more vulnerable as they are being deprived of the immediate psychosocial support that they needed. KOSHISH has continued its services even during the pandemic situation. The new beneficiaries who are rescued are at first accommodating in the holding center of KOSHISH for 14 days under observation and shifted to the main transit care service center after confirmation of the COVID-19 negative test.
In three months period, with the help of this campaign, KOSHISH has been able to provide specialized care to 25 women and girls who experienced violence and developed MHPSI. Among them, 16 have been reintegrated into their own family while 9 are under treatment. All of the reintegrated beneficiaries are in a continuous phone follow-up by the outreach team. During phone follow up it was found that all the beneficiaries are involved in the household activities and taking their medication regularly which has helped in their recovery. Also, it was found that 4 of them are engaged in income-generating activities.
KOSHISH was able to provide psychosocial support and specialized care to them through the generous support raised via The GlobalGiving. More women require specialized care and it would only be possible with more helping hands.
Garima (pseudonym) – 33 years old from Kavre, is leading a sustainable life today. The situation was not the same some time back. After she gave birth to a girl, she was mistreated by her husband and in-laws. Her husband married another woman and started abusing her which affected her mental health condition. She lost her mother in childhood and her sister-in-law was not much positive about her.
Garima was left behind by her family, including her husband, who was unsupportive and showed discriminative behavior. Due to the violence, rejection from her husband and parental family, she mental health conditions got worst.
She received short-term residential psychosocial support in the transit home service center of KOSHISH. Her aunt stepped forward and took the initiative to reintegrate her back at her place when no one from her husband’s family or her own family was ready to accept her. Due to her aunt’s positive behavior, her mental health condition is improving.
As a part of a regular home visit by the outreach team of KOSHISH, the team found that she had now started to be self-reliant. She started goat farming and started earning, sustaining her daily life, and managing her treatment cost.
Garima shared, "I have gone through different stages in my life; from hatred, abuse to violence. But after getting support from my aunt and KOSHISH, I feel like I can have better life than the earlier one. The only thing is I have to work hard and live my life happily."
"I was mesmerized by the change I saw in her. I am glad to see her changes, and I am hopeful for the betterment of her future. -Her Aunt ”