Safer Migration Project -SaMi
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Background of the project
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal with the support from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is implementing a project in Nepal entitled “Safer Migration Project” (SaMi). The project supports potential migrants, both women and men from project districts by providing them with accurate and relevant information on safer migration so that they can make informed decision.
POURAKHI Nepal follows a referral mechanism to ensure continuity of care to returnee migrant women. POURAKHI has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a psychiatric doctor to support returnee women who need psychosocial treatment. When a woman comes to stay at the emergency shelter home and expresses a need for psychosocial support, POURAKHI makes referrals to the Psychiatric Doctor where she can be assessed. Similarly if a woman comes in need of physical assessment due to poor health or pregnancy, POURAKHI makes the appropriate referrals such as to the maternity hospital. For women who require longer term residential care we refer them to other organizations, such as SAATHI, that have the adequate resources to provide long-term care.
Psychosocial counseling to the returnee migrant workers is another crucial focus of POURAKHI’s work. POURAKHI integrates psychosocial counseling across the majority of its projects. Recently, POURAKHI gave psychosocial counseling to 222 and family counseling 106 till End of May 2017 migrants to protect and promote the psychosocial wellbeing of migrant workers suffering from stress, trauma, or mental disorder while in their destination country or when they returned to Nepal.
The project focuses on the following broad areas of interventions:
- Access to Information
- Access to Justice (including shelter and other support to returnee women migrants)
- Access to vocational skills training.
- Reducing social costs of migration.
- Supporting civil society to pursue safe migration advocacy and lobbying.
- Strengthened service delivery and monitoring capacity of government.
- Run Emergency Shelter House for housing of returnee women migrant workers (survivors).
- Provide returnee women migrant workers (survivors) with additional services like
- Medical treatment of women returnees who need hospital treatment
- Referral for psycho-social counseling
- Follow-up of for women in critical condition
- Providing service referrals
- Food, accommodation and psycho-social counseling for needy family members of returnee migrant workers
- Counseling and information to departing migrants from TIA information booth
- Advocacy and lobbying with government bodies through coordination of meetings.