25 August, 2015
Children and War provided trainings in Nepal in the month of July. The first training was held by Unni Heltne from Children and War for Global Action Nepal –staff, Youth Volunteers and partner organisations in Nepal on the 18th and 19th of July. It also counted with the extra support from Kamal Chowdhury, a Psychologist from Bangladesh, who has worked in partnership with Children and War Foundation for many years, and has a greater understanding of the local culture. Global Action Nepal (GAN) works in many districts of Nepal that were heavily affected by the earthquake, such as Kavre, Solukhumbu, Kathmandu, Laliptur and Lamjung. The second training was held on the 28th and 29th of July, and was given by Unni and 3 members of GAN who had received the initial training. It was offered to the 30 Youth Volunteers who had been receiving multiple training sessions as their preparation for a 6-month deployment to 5 of the most earthquake affected districts. This training focused on a simplified approach in aiding children to relax and deal with bad memories and bad dreams. It also concentrated on how to identify and refer children with more severe traumas to professionals. You can read the written report here.