Support WCO to establish community based psychosocial support centers and psychosocial support to six flood affected districts
This project was funded by UNICEF from June 2016 to December 2017. Its objective was to provide technical support to strengthen psychosocial support centers conducted by women cooperatives promoted by Women and Children Office at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk as well as to provide psychosocial support to six flood affected districts Mahottari, Rautahat, Banke, Bardiya, Sarlahi and Dhanusa after the flood emergency from September to December 2017.
TPO Nepal with the support of UNICEF worked in 16 Psychosocial Centers in seven districts (Kathmandu-2, Bhaktapur-2, Nuwakot-3, Sindhupalchowk-3, Rasuwa-2, Dolakha-2 and Okhaldhunga-2). Six full time counsellors (3 Female 3 Male) were mobilized in these districts for the support to strengthen psychosocial support center.
The Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare allocated budget to establish psychosocial support centers in all 14 affected and 2 non affected districts of Nepal. The Department of Women and Children had recognized the importance of psychosocial support for children and women. Key organizations working on the field of MHPSS had provided technical support to the Department of Women and Children, as a result operational guidelines for the psychosocial support centers were been developed and endorsed.
As highlighted in the operational guidelines, the social mobilizers of the Women and Children Office (WCO) as well as women cooperatives and GBV watch group members were trained and mobilized as community based psychosocial workers. This program had integrated psychosocial services in the government sector especially in protection areas, so that there would be proper channel and sustainable structure in the community level.
- To increase capacity of WCO to provide MHPSS services to children and families in the Earthquake affected communities.
- To provide psychosocial support to Children and families through the WCO Psychosocial centers
- Increase awareness on psychosocial and mental health among children and women in their communities
TPO Nepal supported counsellors of Women and Children Office (WCO) in the following areas:
- Monthly Planning of WCO counselors
- Working group meeting in the district quarterly
- Submission of monthly report timely
- Monthly supervision session-CPSW and Counselors
- Referral to and from counselors
- Regular case handling and daily activities and orientation
- Support in report writing
- Case management meeting with WCO counselors