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.”

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