February 2, 2018 Chora Chori

Child Mental Health

Like so many other issues in Nepal, mental health is very heavily stigmatised. There is a massive need for support in this area as indicated by there only being three child psychiatrists in the whole country.

Against this backdrop, in 2016 we set up the first residential child trauma management centre in Nepal. This was funded through an epic long-distance cycle ride from Shanghai to Kathmandu by three British men – Rory Buckworth, Sam Day and Philip Hunter. They travelled through seven countries raising a total of £56,000 in sponsorship. These were used to create this purpose-built centre on the same site as our Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) on the edge of Kathmandu valley. We are now working with our UK partner charity, Unity in Health, towards having this facility at the hub of a child mental health support service that not only looks after the children in our own care but can offer services to other organisations, including through referral.

We currently have two female staff working at the Centre, Anila and Hassana. Anila has been trained in the Theraplay technique by former British volunteer Debbie Mintz, while art therapist Hassana uses methods including sand, clay and the Gestalt technique. Debbie provides remote support while the Founder of Unity In Health, Joao Marcal-Grilo is a regular visitor to the Centre, often accompanied by other specialists. And to cap it all, we were delighted when one of those aforementioned three child psychiatrists, Mr Rishav Koirala, joined the ChoraChori-Nepal board in July 2019!

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