Bharosa intervention (connecting people intervention) Project

In Nepal, bonded labour causes significant psychological ditress, a disintegration of communities and the ways people interact through trusting relationships, and compromises their ability to live a meaningful life. Limited research on psychological wellbeing of individuals living in bonded labour has shown that it has a profound and devastating impact. By breaking connections of healthy human relationships, bonded labour leads to isolation and high rates of depression (67% of feales, 53% of males), anxiety (56%, 31.6%), post-traumatic stress (29%, 3%) and suicide ideation reported in a recent pilot study commissioned by the Freedom Fund with help of Centre for Mental Health and Counselling-Nepal (CMC-Nepal). The study also found poverty and a lack of basic needs were both precipitating and perpetuating factors to debt bondage. Stigma surrounding mental health was extremely high which possibly interfered with help-seeking behaviour and contributed to underrerporting of culturally shameful experiences/behaviours. Addressing the mental health imapct of bonded labour is essential to halt generational cycles of violence, exploitation and abuse. It requires an evidence-based and integrated approach which enhances social connections and provides opportunities for the mobilisation of community resources including income generation and access to existing services. The Connecting People Intervention (CPI) has shown success in achieving these outcomes in other countries. The Bharosa Intervention, Nepali poject name, is adopting CPI in South East Terai of Nepal with tehcnical help of CMC-Nepal in 2017 in two partners Geneva Global and Freedom Fund of Siraha and Saptari as pilot project.

Major Activities:

  • Training in psychosocial counselling to the partner staff- 2 staff will receive 6 month psychosocial training
  • Supervision and coaching to the partner staff in psychosocial support so that they can provide psychosocial support to the affected target population of Haruwa and Charuwa
  • Support in establishment of psychosocial counselling centre and its functioning in two local partner
  • Collect base-line, mid and post intervention data to establish the outcome of the Bharosa Intervention project
  • Provide training to local partner staff in implementing Bharosa Intervention
  • Provide Supervision backstopping to community facilitator (CF) and supervisors of local partners to conduct Bharosa intervention in the beneficiaries

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