The Earth Quake After Care activity of ECTC has reached to its 3rd phase of intervention in providing psychosocial support and counselling to the people in the most affected areas. The Massive Earthquake on April the 25th, 2015 almost 10 months ago, followed by hundreds of big and small aftershocks, left people of Nepal devastated, and many until now were not quite able to come out of their distress. Such distress creates an immense and long term effect on People’s emotional, psychological and mental being. In order to be restored, long term psychological as well as spiritual support needs to be delivered to the people, a service to which ECTC is committed.
During the initial first phase ie. the period just after the massive earth quake, ECTC spent most of the time in talking to survivors of Earthquake mostly in Kathmandu valley. These were individual talks, but also so-called ‘After Care Talks or The Info talks’. The latter were carried out in groups to educate the people about the effect of the trauma and to reassure them that their symptoms of fear or anxieties were in the range of normal at that time. Then, in the second phase, Basic Trauma Counselling trainings were provided to the people from different churches, schools, organizations and community, with mainly aiming for those who were involved in emergency relief work and Giving Care to the victims. Along with these trainings, Info talks were also carried out side by side.
Now, in the third phase some of the people have already found a way to cope with their distresses and are in the course of healing themselves with time…. We still focus on training People about the Trauma and the effect that trauma plants in people’s lives and educate them that these trauma will cause an effect even after long span of time, if not properly worked out.
Basic Trauma Counselling Trainings are still being conducted. These trainings now helps participant to find out the people with post traumatic distress in their local community and organize referrals of individuals if necessary, to the appropriate centers.
Visits in the different communities are still done in the most affected areas, and talks are carried out to find out the psychological condition. Counselling and psychological care is given to the individuals as needed.
So far, around 3,000 people are benefitted directly with the services and believed that more than 15,000 individuals must have benefited indirectly from these facility.