Psychosocial care is an integral part of delivering comprehensive services to survivors. In the Tushinde project, this starts with client screening and counseling. All survivors are offered at least one week of counseling from locally trained psychosocial agents (APS) who also serve as de facto case managers for survivors, helping them navigate and access all voluntary services available to them.
One such local counselor and social worker is Baraka, who plays a pivotal role in helping survivors and their families cope with the aftermath of GBV. Counselors like Baraka work not just with survivors, but with family and community members to address discrimination and stigma holistically. In her work advocating for a girl that had been assaulted, she explains that she worked with male community leaders to ensure the girl could return to school with a support system in place to avoid discrimination. Thanks to her advocacy, Baraka is happy to share that, “Now, she’s back in school.”
To date, 23,450 individuals have received psychosocial services offered by the Tushinde project.