NEPAL

Type of mission

Humanitarian Mission/Trauma-relief and disaster response work

Step 1: May, 2015                                        

Step 2: October, 2015                               

Step 3: March 2016

Where

Kathmandu

Partner organization

Audrey Jacobs Foundation

Art therapists

Krystle Teo, Soong Suk Lin, Lily Claire Soh, Sruthi Sriram

Beneficiaries

35 caregivers and 200 children from 5 to 18 years old

Donor

Background

Aimed at offering trauma relief services and training based on assessments made during the visit, this mission reached out to nuns, teachers and children in three earthquake affected areas – viz. Tinchule, Bhaktapur and Pharping.

The interventions were designed to target two specific populations: (1) trainees (nuns and teachers) who could continue to offer emotional containment and support to the children after our Step-1 mission and (2) the children who were affected by the natural disaster.

For the mission we set these as some of our goals

  • To assess and determine effective therapeutic interventions for children affected by the recent natural disaster.
  • To equip the staff/caregivers/nuns with tools for better communication and containment – this formed the basis of Train the Trainer program which was developed to aid adults, engage the children in a more therapeutic manner, and to allow these purposeful facilitation to continue even after we have left.
  • Promote self­-care and emotional awareness

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Type of mission

Humanitarian mission, 4- 11 October, 2015

Where

Kathmandu and 3 other villages

Partner organization

Prison Fellowship

Visit to Peace Loving Home (shelter)

Art Therapist

Sruthi Sriram, Chien-Chien

Beneficiaries

30 caregivers, 150 children (6-16 y/o), 100 parents

Donors

 

Background

Peer to Prison Fellowship Singapore, Peace Loving Home (PLH) is a faith-based, Non-Profit Body working with Prison Fellowship Nepal (PFN), as part of their Victim Support and Rehabilitation Program (VSRP). Founded to support children of prisoners in Nepal, its primary aim is directed towards rescuing children who live with their parents in prison – either due to lack of resources or because they are too young to leave family, given that most of these children have nowhere to go. 

Addressing these needs, Peace Loving Home caters to the prisoners’ emotional well-being during their time in prison, by providing shelter, nutrition and education to their children. Furthermore, under the Children of Prisoners’ Protection (CPP) Program of PFN, PLH also extends its care to over 300 children of prisoners from several areas, who stay with their guardians/caregivers.

These were some of the following things that needed to be achieved:

  • Gauge the scope of implementing art therapy interventions.
  • Determine beneficiaries.
  • Assess the needs of the children.
  • Assess responsiveness and receptiveness of interventions and training among volunteers in a view to equip the staff with tools for better communication and containment, which formed the basis of the Train the Trainer program.

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Type of mission

July, 2014 (10 working days)

Where

Godavari

Partner organization

Shanti Rani School, Godavari, Nepal

Art Therapists

Amy Toh, Disha Dutt, Krystle Teo

Beneficiaries

150 students (Shanti Rani students)

8 teachers

3 sisters of St Joseph of Cluny

Donor

Background

During this mission, children were able to explore art materials that they hadn’t explored earlier.

They appeared to develop more confidence when sharing towards the end of the sessions. It seemed to help them get a longer attention span and help them focus during certain tasks. 

They were more expressive towards the later sessions and began displaying a positive and hopeful view of their future.

We were able to provide art therapy to the whole school in a consistent and organised manner.

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Our work here

Number of missions: 3

Global impact in Nepal: 500 children, 100 parents, 65 caregivers 8 teachers, 3 sisters

Partners:

Programmes: 3-Step humanitarian mission, Trauma-Relief