Gestalt Institute Nepal
The students are psychologists, student-psychologists, social workers, teachers and caretakers. The problems they have to face are: PTST of post war trauma’s, refugees, depression, fear disorder, street children with drug addiction, child prostitution, intergenerational conflicts; traditional lifestyles (extended families and contemporary lifestyle). After the earthquakes in 2015 there was an increase of depression, alcohol addiction, suicide and because of the lack of awareness on mental healthcare, many young people show characteristics of hysterical conversion.
Personal problems are often: trauma’s of corporal punishment in schools, clashes with the older generation about choice of partners and arranged marriages, choice for study and work, e.g.
One year of education consists 5 blocks of 5 days training, intervision – and supervision groups, reports and a task at the end. After 4 years the student has to write a final work.
Care for the forgotten people
After the earthquakes In April and May 2015 we started ‘Care for the forgotten people’, together with the students. As they work as social workers and psychologists they know the needy people in person. So with their help we have set up several actions. Friends and colleagues in Europe gave us money for these practical situations.
The first humanitarian actions after the earthquake consisted of food parcels, building shelters and schools, clothes and shoes for the winter for the children of the Bahkti School in Lallitpur and a primary school in Sishuwatar for their lowest class.
In 2016 we started the project Bricks for Nepal with the production of small houses for 1750,- euro each. We have built 6 small houses for 6 families in total.
During our visit in November 2016 we also visited – beside the families – a children’s home. They were desperate in need for warm blankets for the winter. So we provided these blankets for the 25 children of the Rising Hope Children’s Home in the hills around Kathmandu.