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Art therapy for kids

To train the psychologist, social workers and children activities facilitators of Voice of Children on ‘ART THERAPY FOR KIDS’. VOC wishes to build the capacity of its staff members in order to ensure a quality psychosocial support to the most deprived, vulnerable children targeted in its different programmes based on the social status of their families and the cases of abuse and of children living in the streets reported to VOC or observed through outreach in the communities. Activities in Art therapy have been experienced in a project of Enfants et Développement in Cambodia with positive results. While taking part to an inter-country seminar in Burkina Faso, VOC’s team showed interest for this activity, but ED does not have the mean to provide specific trainings to VOC in Nepal, because of the lack of professionals in this area in the country. VOC is really interested to offer an efficient and adapted psychosocial support to the children (at the moment VOC only provides individual counselling and psychosocial family therapy). The children that would benefit from the Art therapy activities are children for whom the children activities facilitators detect uneasiness, which will be confirmed by the social workers and for which all the team will work on with the child and his/her family. These children are at risk, some not going to school, some attending school irregularly or underperforming at school, living half in their home and half in the streets, children living in unsafe environments (with alcoholic, violent or careless parents), and children victim of different kinds of abuses. The participants to the training wish to develop their capacity to work with those children in an effective way. Afterwards they will be able to identify children in suffering more easily, the children will be referred for home/family support to other social workers, and will be followed-up through Art Therapy activities. The improvements will be readable with an Art therapy indicator tool that will be implemented during the mission through the transmission of knowledge on how to assess the changes and improvements of the children (see below).
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Congé solidaire
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Social workers, psychologist and children activities facilitators
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The mission will be organised for the 12 social workers, the psychologist and the 3 children activities facilitators of VOC who directly work with the beneficiaries (street children, children at risk, and children victims of abused, vulnerable families). The 12 social workers provide psycho-social follow-up at home, conduct social centres activities (mainly individual counselling), work in network with the available service providers and refer the families, hold group discussions and awareness sessions. The 3 children activities facilitators manage the activities with children as recreational activities, parents/children activities for children under 5, remedial classes, group discussion, individual counselling, and child club activities.Only the psychologist has received previously training in art therapy but it was only an introduction to the basics of art therapy activities and she does not have the knowledge on how to implement overall an art therapy programme and to assess the results, as requested for this mission. The participants of the training speak English, few only have basic English. A VOC staff will translate during the training. The participants have between 20 and 40 years old and are 50% men and 50% women. They all have College degrees from Intermediate to Master Degrees
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Voice Of Children has been created in 2000 by Krishna Kumar Thapa, the current Director, to support street children. Krishna Thapa was working in one organisation providing care and study facilities to street children. When he left the organisation, the children requested him to still take care of them. After consultation with his friends, and thanks to their support, the NGO was created. Krishna has an educational diploma in sociology and has experience as a Child Rights activist. He has been involved in the Child Rights sector for 18 years. According to the National Alliance of Organisations for Street Children, the number of street children in Kathmandu is estimated at 1,500. This figure is certainly under-estimated as additional children arrive in the streets every day. These children live off collecting garbage and begging. Half of them use drugs and 85% have been subjected to sexual violence. Overall, the population of Nepal is young (65% is less than 30 years old) and under-qualified: 44% of the population and 56% of women are illiterate. Due to the lack of education and vocational training, these youngsters are the most vulnerable on the job market. This is even more so for young adults from disadvantaged families. Without a job, or holding low-skilled jobs, these youngsters struggle to escape the vicious circle of poverty. VOC was created to tackle the street children phenomenon and to support them through rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration. VOC’s target is Children at risk, Street Children, Sexually Abused Children. The organisation works all over Nepal according to the permanent residence of children's families. In Kathmandu, VOC intervenes in four different zones: Kankeshwori, a slum in UN park, Jadibuti and Patan. VOC hires in total 60 employees, from office to field staff (3/4 of the staff is active in the field). To achieve its objective, VOC has two different programmes, a Street Children Programme and a Programme against Child Sexual Abuse, and implements several projects, all interrelated: - Children at risk, for which VOC is supporting poor families’ capacities to solve problems on their own in order to progress towards increased autonomy, stability and reduced poverty, and strengthening the child protection mechanism in the community, covering about 1,000 families, equiv. to 4,400 persons... - Rescue, for street and sexually abused children. This project generates the awareness to the children living/working in the streets about the risks of street life and motivates them to leave the street life. VOC operate through street work and Drop-in Centers and caters to 1,100 children through these outreach activities. - Rehabilitation, focuses on preparation of 120 children for their sustainable future and prepare for family and community reintegration. The children stay for short term in a preparation centre where they upgrade their education level and improve their life skills, make future plan and are prepared for sustainable reintegration with family and community. - Reintegration, with family, community or foster family. VOC follows up the families and help them to build their capacity to care for their children (150 were reintegrated in 200 families, this programme supporting overall 880 persons). For children without a family, VOC provides nutrition, accommodation, education and job placement. - Economic development. VOC supports 150 children/youths and their family for economic development by providing vocational training and referring for job placement or by linking with the organisations working for savings, micro-credit and entrepreneurship development. - VOC also provides Psychosocial Support to 1,100 children at risk, street children, children victims of sexual abuses and their families In addition, VOC’s work and visibility help build overall the awareness of 600,000 persons on sexual abuse (students/teachers/Social Workers/Doctors/Hoteliers, Police). VOC receives technical support from Enfants et Développement, a French organisation, for social projects: methodology, counselling skills, etc and for institutional aspects, as management, good governance, fund raising, etc. VOC has several donors to run its activities: Enfants et Développement and Partage from France, ECPAT from Luxembourg, Child Rights from Netherland, World Childhood Foundation and the European Union.
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A staff will welcome the volunteer at the airport. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes to reach the place where the volunteer will stay according to traffic.
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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The volunteer will stay in a guesthouse or VOC’s or Planète Urgence’s office according to his/her preferences. All are equipped with individual rooms and bathrooms and the Internet.
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The volunteer will work in VOC’s office in Sanepa, Lalitpur. VOC office has a board, computers equipped with Office 2007 and an internet connection, a video-projector.
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