Training in psychiatric therapy for Saathi’s women shelter staff members

To enable the staff members of the shelter to improve their knowledge in psychiatric therapy to provide a better support to the residents of the shelter.

The staff members of Saathi’s women shelter have to deal with women victim of physical, sexual or psychological violence.

These women suffer from deep trauma, have crisis or none appropriate behaviours.
The shelter does have a counselor, but none of the staff of the shelter received any training in this field, to enable to support those women in an appropriate way.

Nepal is a patriarchal and male-dominated society where women are always looked down. Domestic violence is considered as a simple family problem that has to be solved internally and no interference is accepted.
In such a situation woman remain silent for a long time although suffering from violence, which affects them mentally and emotionally.
Even if the survivors are rescued with the help from local bodies and social workers, they are unable, scared and petrified to express themselves.
In such cases, the support of a psychiatric therapist is essential to help them to open up and confess their problems.

According to one of Saathi board member’s experiences, who has been dealing and observing the women of Saathi shelter for quite some time, a training by a trained psychiatric therapist could help the staff of the shelter to overcome the survivors’ mental and emotional instability and to develop strong will power to face the future with stable mind.
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Saathi would like a female psychiatric therapist with as far as possible experiences in Domestic Violence.

The Planète Urgence volunteer’s intervention will allow the staff members to know how to manage residents’ crisis or none appropriate behaviors and better understand them.
Sometimes the victims are so much traumatized that the regular counselor is not able to convince them to open up and share their problems.

The skills, knowledge, methods transferred by the Planète Urgence volunteer will allow the staff members to make the residents express themselves and feel better, to give emergency counseling for some special cases and avoid failure in family reintegration, which often leads some women to return regularly in the shelter.

The Planète Urgence volunteer could give theoretical skills to the staff members and support them in view of concrete cases.

The Planète Urgence volunteer will help the staff of the shelter to detect and understand unusual behaviors or uneasiness.
She will give them advices on the way to answer this kind of issues, the way to react, how they can support them more efficiently.

After the mission, the shelter wishes to be able to support the survivors to develop self confidence, courage, and motivation to do something in the future that will lead them to a better life.
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Saathi would like a female psychiatric therapist with as far as possible experiences in Domestic Violence.

The staff of the shelter is working every day except on Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

The Planète Urgence volunteer will have Saturday and Sunday off.

The intervention of the volunteer will be between 9 am and 5pm, 3 or 4 hours a day.

The mission can happen anytime except during special celebrations and public holiday (in October, weeks 41, 42 and in November, week 45).

The volunteer will have lunch at the shelter with the staff and the residents and other meals will be taken at the guest house or in restaurants.

A taxi will be arranged for daily transportation from the hotel to the shelter.
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Staff of the shelter
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Staff of the women’s shelter is:
- 1 coordinator,
- 1 supervisor,
- 1 field worker,
- 2 wardens,
All of them are women from 20 to 40 years old.

The staff of the shelter is able to speak and read English. Some residents can speak too.

They studied from SLC (secondary level) to Master degree.

The staff of the shelter would like to get training in this field to learn how to manage the residents and help them more to face their trauma.
It will help the staff of the shelter to feel more confident to support the residents and to be more efficient regarding their work and their support function in the organization.
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Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire
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Saathi which means “friend” in Nepali was established in 1992 by 8 devoted young women to address the contemporary challenges faced by Nepali women. Some of them had just finished their studies while some were working in Ngo, Ingo, media and schools. At the time this organization was created, the concept of Violence against Women and Girls (VAW&G) was an issue the Nepali legislators, leaders, social workers and statesmen were half aware of. On the contrary, violence against women, particularly domestic violence or battery against women in Nepal was never considered a cause of concern by the Nepali authorities. Violence inflicted upon women within the four walls was accepted as traditional practice. SAATHI was therefore a pioneer organization to come forward and demand right and opportunities for women. Saathi’s mission is to continue its work in the area of domestic violence and to carry on its fight to safeguard women and children against abuse and coercion, and to empower women and children through the promotion of gender equity and equality based development. Saathi’s objectives: • Elimination of injustice and violence against woman in Nepal and provision of support to victims and their children. • Elimination of violence and injustice against children and the provision of support to victimized and needy children. Saathi’s mission: • Collect data through research and the identification of social issue related to urban and rural woman of Nepal. • Build the capacity of women through awareness raising and skill training. • Develop and implement plans of action in order to improve the present status of Nepali women and children. • Work as a pressure group to lobby and pressurize concerned authorities to take the required steps for the advancement of women and children. Since its start, Saathi has been involved in many awareness programs, advocacy, video shows and talk programs, radio jingles, poster competition for the general public or production and dissemination of IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) materials. To provide relief and support to the victims Saathi has been persistent in generating various life skills opportunities and training to empower and make the victims residing in its shelter independent. In order to get an in-depth picture of violence prevalent in the Nepali society, Satthi conducted a nationwide survey and on its basis published the research titled “Psycho- social impacts of violence against women with special focus on rape, incest and polygamy” in 1997. The research-highlighted areas that require serious consideration therefore Saathi have been working to design programs and training in accordance to the pressing requirements of the victims. Currently Saathi offers a wide range of support programs to women and children at risk in Nepal: • Ashreya Shivir Rehabilitation Centre in Kathmandu for battered and sexually abused women and children. • Drop-in Centre for Street Children in Kathmandu, a refuge for abused children, street children and orphans. • Cross Border Programme in Terai, to combat trafficking of women and children and to rehabilitate at-risk and rescued women. • Saathi Banke Shelter is a shelter for women and children victim of domestic violence and conflict, located in Banke district. • Women's Skill Training for income generation. • Cabin Restaurant Support Programme, working to eliminate exploitation of waitresses. • Child Educational Scholarship Programmes for children victim of violence. • Social Mobilisation Groups working with local communities: VDC (Village Development Centre), Police, government bodies, national football players, perpetrators, legal representatives and funder INGOs are involved and peer counseling is done to bring about change in the mind of the people. Saathi, as a key organization, is also pressing for the implementation of existing laws and the formation of new laws to protect women and children against violence and exploitation. So far SAATHI women shelter has already supported more than 1000 women and 336 children. Saathi’s strategy is to work at all levels of Nepali society - from the government to the grassroots level. At the policy level, Saathi has been involved, as partner, in drafting key legislation regarding domestic violence and is advocating for the passage of such a bill in the capital. Saathi is also involved in the women’s movement to improve the status of women in Nepal. Recognizing the need to particularly reach the grassroots level in order to achieve its goals, Saathi has established branch offices in the Banke and Bardiya districts of Western Nepal. These Branch offices work towards eliminating violence against women and children and community development and also support women and children victimized by armed conflict. Saathi has recently started working in the area of cross-border trafficking of women and children.
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The volunteer will be welcome by a staff member of Saathi.
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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The volunteer will stay in a Guest House in the area of Sanepa, near the women shelter and near the head office as well.
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The Planète Urgence volunteer will work in Saathi women shelter. One computer without internet connection, CD player, computer speakers, TV, DVD player are available in the shelter and available for the volunteer.
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