To serve women who fled to Nepal as refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Bhutan, we launched Common Threads Nepal in 2014.CTP conducted an intensive training course in collaboration with TPO Nepal and UNHCR.
Eighteen psychosocial counselors completed the 80 hour experiential training. This initial cohort led 6 women’s circles of SGBV survivors. In response to the women’s enthusiasm, we developed “Phase II” to continue supporting the progress of the participants. Our monitoring and evaluation study demonstrated the efficacy of the model. TPO has continued to establish new women’s circles and has extended the program to survivors of the 2015 earthquakes. In the summer of 2016, two women who had begun as participants became co-facilitators of new women’s circles.
A Nepali facilitator of CTP noted:
“Earlier, the participants kept tolerating abuse/violence and they didn’t know where to go and ask for help. But, during training, they got a platform to express themselves, knew where to go if problems arose. The program proved to be a medium for their empowerment.”
“These birds are afraid of the hunter. They have flown and left their homes and are hungry and thirsty. They really need food. We are like these birds. We worry about the future.”
“We could see everything clearly from our windows. A man started shooting. I saw a man die. I started yelling, ‘Please, don’t kill’. They started firing towards our house. My husband pulled me away from the window, into the house. How can a man kill another man.”
“Religious leaders in Pakistan constantly deliver hateful speeches against us as we are Ahmadiyya. This scene is in 2010 when some militant clerics came to our house and threatened to kill us if we did not renounce our religion. After they took our money and gold, we left our country.”
“My daughter fell one night and badly injured her head. We had to rush to the hospital but we got stuck in a political riot.The rioters hit our car with sticks. I didn’t know if we could get to the hospital. It was a very frightening situation and I will never forget it for the rest of my life”
“I lost my baby son, he was stillborn. The community and family members blamed me for his death and persecuted me because my husband was from the Ahmadi religious community.”
“I remember a most fearful day, when I was afraid that my husband and son had perished. But they and the other Ahmedi people escaped into an underground room in the mosque and were saved from the shooting.”
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