Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal

by KOSHISH
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Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal
Help 100 women suffering from violence in Nepal

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.

Success Story

Paradigm shift

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 ”

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Progress Report

With the help of this campaign, KOSHISH has been able to provide specialized care to the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues (MHPSI). The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic created a barrier to provide services to women who required immediate psychosocial support. There was a high risk of transmission of COVID-19 with an enrollment of new beneficiaries in the transit care service center. Thus, KOSHISH established a holding center for minimizing the risk. The new beneficiaries are accommodated in the holding center for 14 days and shifted to the main transit care service center after confirmation of the COVID-19 negative test.

In three months period, KOSHISH has been able to provide psychosocial support to 17 women with mental health and psycho-social issues. Among them, 9 have been reintegrated into their own families and communities. They are in continuous phone follow-ups and it was found that their mental health condition is improving. During phone follow up it was found that all the beneficiaries are taking their medication regularly. Among 9 beneficiaries, 5 were found to be involved in household activities and income-generating activities while 4 are recovering. All the family members and community people of 9 beneficiaries are supported towards them. It was possible through psycho-education and awareness programs conducted by KOSHISH.

Women with a mental health condition are neglected and out of reach of services. 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.

Success Story

Improvement in Mental health condition is only possible with support from family

35-years-old Sarita (pseudonym) was always a good wife, daughter-in-law, and mother. She did everything to make her family happy. For some time everyone worshipped her but once she started showing unusual behavior her family started avoiding her. They took her to traditional healers but there was no improvement in her condition. Her in-laws and husband started abusing her which made her condition worst. She was subjected to isolation. Her husband remarried and abandoned her.After 9 months of seclusion, her relatives informed KOSHISH and she was assessed and brought into transit home for short term residential care and psychosocial support.

In transit home, she was involved in psychiatric consultation and psychological interventions along with engagement in therapeutic activities. Slowly, there was an improvement in her mental health. She started showing enthusiasm to involve in recreational activities. She often expressed her wish to meet her small children. KOSHISH outreach team was continuously contacting her in-laws and husband for their support after reintegration. But they showed reluctance to receive her. During reintegration, the outreach worker visited her in-laws and husband and provided psycho-education. Her in-laws showed commitment to support her but her husband on the other hand was fixed with his decision of abandoning her.

During follow up, Sarita was found to be staying with her in-laws. They are looking after her children and her husband is staying separately with his second wife. She helps her mother-in-law in household works and also takes care of her children.

She expressed, "Though my husband is not with me, my in-laws choose me instead of their son. They are my family now and I will always stay with them."

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Introduction

This campaign has been initiated by KOSHISH with the aim to provide Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS) to the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues (MHPSI). This campaign supports the women experiencing MHPSI to lead a dignified and quality life and being included in the community on an equal basis as others.

KOSHISH has been providing immediate support to the women with severe MHPSI after conducting Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. In three months period (July-September), KOSHISH has been able to provide psychosocial support to 10 women with mental health and psycho-social issues. Among them, 4 have been reintegrated in their own families and communities. Those women were able to get recovery through your generous support raised via The GlobalGiving.

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of many people especially women as they are more exposed to violence than the normal scenario and are deprived from the proper mental health treatment. It has been challenging for KOSHISH to provide mental health and psychosocial support to the women in need realizing the risk associated with it to the in-house beneficiaries. There is an immediate requirement of Quarantine house to accommodate the new beneficiaries for 14 days before their intake in the main facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of infection. It has been necessity in the present context and KOSHISH has been exploring fund for the purpose.

Success Story

Healing from wounds in the heart

35 years old Muna (pseudonym) from Ramechhap was brought into Transit Care Center during the Lockdown. She is a survivor of domestic violence. Her husband used to get drunk and torture her physically and mentally. She became unable to cope with the emotional and physical abuse and left her home leaving her two daughters behind. She was five months pregnant by then. She started living on streets without proper food and one day she fell on the road which affected her pregnancy. She was brought for treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital with the assistance of social workers from an organization but by then it was too late to save the child.

The continuous torture and abuse from the early days of marriage and loss of her unborn child impacted her mental health. She needed immediate treatment and was referred to KOSHISH Transit Care Center by the hospital. She was then admitted to KOSHISH Transit Care Center. With the psychiatric consultation and psycho-social support in Transit home, her mental health condition improved. She liked to get engaged in therapeutic activities and even helped staffs in the kitchen. She remembered her two daughters a lot and said, “My heart is getting stronger each day and I will work hard for the sake of my children’s future”.

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With the aim of supporting the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues, this campaign was initiated by KOSHISH. This campaign supports to lead the quality life of those women and girls and being included in the community on an equal basis as others.

The transit care service of KOSHISH has been in operation for the emergency psychosocial care and treatment of the abandoned women and girls who underwent through the violence and living with mental health issues. Your generous support has contributed in the recovery of those women. During past three months of period, KOSHISH has been able to provide psychosocial support to 7 women with mental health and psycho-social issues. As for now, the country is in lockdown state because of COVID-19, however for those who require immediate support and are in severe mental health state has been received after conducting Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Among them, 3 has been reintegrated back in their own home after recovery. KOSHISH has received many calls from the communities and many women living with mental health issues are in waiting list for the services.

COVID-19 has also impacted the lives of people in Nepal. KOSHISH has been providing tele-counseling support to the persons who are in need from it's existing Psychologists via toll-free number. So far, we have provided tele-counseling and followup services to 746 people in different parts of the country.

 

Increase in Mental health problems due to GBV during COVID-19 and Lockdown

"Once I was physically and mentally abused by my husband and in-laws for being unable to give birth to a son. I struggled with mental health problems for many years which added more hatred and isolation in my life. But now I am living happy life with my daughters and my husband and in-laws' attitude towards me have changed. They support me and help me to take care of my daughters." - Ramila (Beneficiary of KOSHISH)

She is one of the many women who experienced mental health problems because of constant torture, abuse, and violence from their own family members. As on today, she have no issues and is leading a contended life but there are many women in our country who are still going through these kinds of social problems, who are shut down or locked with all the sufferings. GBV is one of the major issues in Nepalese society. More than 52% of beneficiaries who received psychosocial support from KOSHISH; experienced mental health problems because of GBV. During this COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown situation, there has been an increment in number of GBV cases as the women are forced to live confined within the four walls away from any support system. This has ultimately increased the ratio of women experiencing psychosocial problems.

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With the aim of supporting the women and girls who experienced violence and developed mental health and psychosocial issues, this campaign was initiated by KOSHISH. This campaign supports to lead the quality life of those women and girls and being included in the community on an equal basis as others.

The transit care service of KOSHISH has been in operation for the emergency psychosocial care and treatment of the abandoned women and girls who underwent through the violence and living with mental health issues. Those women were able to get recovery throught your generous support raised via The GlobalGiving. So far the campaign started, KOSHISH has been able to support 79 women with mental health issues. Since those women who are in recovery phase required to stay for an average of 3 months of duration at the transit care service, they require food, medicines, counseling and proper care. KOSHISH would like to appeal you to join your hands to support those women.

 

Success Story:

I am Durga (changed name). I live in Udaypur with my five children. My children are world to me. Twelve years back, two of my daughters started experiencing mental health conditions which crashed my world and my family scattered. I sought help from traditional healers but everything went in vain. Unwillingly, I was obligated to lock my daughters in a room where I used to tie my younger daughter’s leg with a rope; imagine what might have gone through a mother’s heart. After many dark years, I got to know about KOSHISH from my neighbor. After few assessment, KOSHISH started treatment of my daughters in Transit Care Services. Initially, I had no trust on the treatment and I was hesitated to send my daughters. KOSHISH staffs used to communicate with me about my daughter’s health on regular basis which helped me to overcome my hesitation and lack of trust toward KOSHISH.

My daughters spent four months in transit care and their mental health condition improved. I cried with happiness, looking at their transformation in mere time of four months. They were no more the same miserable girls. They look happy and different.

My elder daughter is recovering faster than my younger one but I am more positive towards their recovery now. My elder daughter supports me in every household works and vegetable farming. She takes care of the home in my absence. Whereas, I am relieved that my younger daughter can at least take care of herself now. My daughters are living examples for everyone in the community who once thought that my daughters are burden. This was all possible with the effort of my neighbor and KOSHISH. I will always be grateful to them.

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KOSHISH

Location: Lalitpur, Province 3 - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Matrika Devkota
Lalitpur, Nepal
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