Rescue and reintegration for women with mental illness in Nepal
By Disability And Development Partners
This project aims to help women in Nepal who have experienced mental illness and consequent destitution: by rescuing them from the street to a transit home where they will receive treatment and support to rehabilitate and achieve independent living, while at the same time raising community awareness that mental illness is both manageable and treatable, in order to combat widespread stigma and abuse.
People: Social Impact
Number of Lives Impacted:
18-25, 26-40, 41-60
Urban, Suburban, Rural
Planet: Environmental Impact
Topic and Activity Grid
Education & Training
Research & Development
Project Outcome Indicators
— Number of women rescued from destitution
Women are given temporary accommodation, care, medication where necessary, support for rehabilitation
— Number of women successfully treated for mental illness
Women's mental health demonstrably improved
— Number of women returning voluntarilyto their families/communities
Women are able to re-enter family/community life
— Number of women successfully rehabilitated/reintegrated into their community
Follow-up visits show continued recovery, successful re-adaptation, management of conditions, positive attitudinal changes, possibilities for income generation are realized
The Nepalese NGO Koshish will rescue and house some 60 women with mental illness in the course of a year, for 3 months on average, depending on individual needs. Koshish will provide treatment and counselling, as well as skills development and income generating activities. Following their time at the transit home, the women will be supported to reintegrate into their communities, families, and/or into independent life, with ongoing contact and follow-up visits. Koshish will keep track of their progress, and make connections with available local support systems to promote sustainable recovery. The funds we are raising are needed to cover the costs of accommodation, food, medicines and supplies for the women while they stay at the transit home. Koshish will also engage the services of a psychologist, a nurse, a carer, and a guard to ensure the women’s security. This project will provide therapeutic activities including art, handicrafts and skills for future income generation, and cover the costs of transport and logistics for rescue missions and follow-up visits. Koshish will also raise awareness in the community about people with mental illness, using radio, print and TV media to change public attitudes towards mental illness and influence local and national government policies and strategies.
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