Psychosocial Support

Dec 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled all sectors of society  to face new realities, particularly women as they face increased financial difficulties as well as having more responsibilities with children’s education at home which, for many, is now both the work place and learning space. Women in our society have the  extra burden of providing caregiving to their immediate and  extended family. Also, an increase in domestic violence is reported due to tensions and frustrations building up at home with the lockdown. Women in different segments of society are facing increased vulnerabilities and experience physical and mental assault. Women who are already at risk  due to the work they do are further marginalized and accused of perpetrating the virus spread. There is also a lack in engagement... Read more
Nov 28, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath Many agree that suspicion and cynicism against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka existed for some time alongside the larger ethnic tensions between Sinhalese and Tamils caused by the 30-year civil war. Competition on socio-economic gains, land issues – especially in the North and East – and the general lack of social cohesion between communities were some of the factors leading to longstanding conflict. Following the coordinated attacks by a terrorist group on Easter Sunday last year, hostility of extreme nationalists against the Muslim community became much more severe and led to widespread  hate speech, both  online and offline. These destructive acts led to a boycott of Muslim-owned businesses and even vandalism in some parts of the country. (Southern Sri... Read more
Nov 28, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath The Covid-19 pandemic is not only a health issue— it is also an economic issue with businesses declaring bankruptcy and many losing livelihoods due to lockdowns and other disruptions to the economy. While significant focus must remain on addressing economic shocks and treating the physically ill, the pandemic’s impact on mental health also requires priority attention. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in many countries already, and demand continues to increase. WHO adds that the coronavirus  has reduced access to mental health services and that “bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones,” adding  that... Read more
Nov 13, 2020
USAID SCORE supports persons with disabilities start livelihoods By Kathya de Silva Senarath Thirty-three-year-old Isuru Piyumal, from the rural village of Nugeyaya in Sri Lanka’s most marginalized Moneragala district, had been a dependent all his life. His parents realized when he was just three months old that he had an intellectual disability, and they did everything in their power to make him better. But when his seizures didn’t stop, it became too dangerous for him to continue school. He stopped at age 12 and upon the doctor’s instructions, he was allowed to do what he liked at his father’s chena cultivation where he engaged in watering and weeding. He also showed particular excellence in athletics and won medals at games, which his parents encouraged.  However, Piyumal nor his... Read more
Oct 10, 2020
By Rebecca Wener, Global Communities Program Officer for Governance and Global Health
Read original article on Medium.com October 10th marks the 28th annual World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is a call to scale up investment in mental health. Mental health disorders represent a critical yet under-emphasized component of the global public health burden. The World Health Organization has estimated that around 10.7% of the global... Read more
Jan 21, 2020
Youth from the Jardim Oliveira Camargo community in Indaiatuba / SP have recently designed a new project that aims to support residents who are suffering from depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Priscila Santos and her longtime friends, Edson Guedes and Taylane Souza, were practically raised together in Jardim Oliveira Camargo. Over the years, the trio have shared many experiences, whether on the streets of the neighborhood, at the local school, or in the Catholic youth group they attend. Despite the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their small neighborhood of about 4,000 residents, the friends found that cases of depression and other emotional problems had increased considerably over time in the community around them, especially among poor younger... Read more
Dec 11, 2019
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. (www.unwomen.org) The "16 Days of Activism" animated video below... Read more
Jul 30, 2019
Nimgbor Wuninyun (center) and his wives Adjoa (left) and N-Munankpor (right), of Tikarni Community in Kpandai District, each understand and appreciate the benefits of participating in the Gender Model Family activity. Photo Credit: Clarissa Heger, Gender and Social Protection Advisor, Global Communities RING As in many parts of the world, traditional gender norms strongly dictate men’s and women’s roles in northern Ghana. By default, men are traditional household heads and much of the decision-making responsibilities rests on their shoulders, while women are the primary caretakers for the family, particularly the children. In rural communities, these norms are more rigid, sometimes resulting in an uneven and burdensome workload distribution for women. If women are unable to fulfill their... Read more
Jun 26, 2019
USAID Twiyubake, in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP), organized a workshop and field learning event for CHAIN partners. The event served as a learning platform on how to promote integrated ECD services across USAID funded projects. The workshop which took place in Musanze hosted USAID implementing program partners including SNV/CRS (Isuku Iwacu), CRS/SNV (Gikuriro), Global Communities and partner organization FXB (Twiyubake), AEE (Ubaka Ejo) and FXB (Turengere Abana and Sugira Umuryango). Emmanuel Munyampeta, Positive Parenting Specialist at NECDP updated the participants on the NECDP plan to advance quality ECD services and integration of the nutrition and WASH pillars into all ECD activities and on the NECDP master training on integrated ECDs.... Read more
Jun 05, 2019
A project in Kenya that addresses sexual health and gender-based violence (GBV) is taking a novel approach by deliberately involving men and boys in its outreach. Global Communities implements the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project, which works with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to ensure they lived Determined, Resilient, Empowered,  AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Lives in Kenya and Rwanda. The girls who are part of the DREAMS project are some of the most vulnerable among Kenyan youth. Many AGYW in Kenya living in extreme poverty are forced to support themselves and their families with sex work. Their education levels are low, especially if they have dropped out because of pregnancy or health problems, and often the education level of their parents is low too. Women often need male... Read more
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