PSS is a vital support that helps people cope with emotional challenges they face from traumatic experiences such as losing one’s parents or not having access to basic necessities of life. The project through community volunteers support people to overcome such challenges through home and school visits. The kids’/youth clubs that were constituted in the communities also serve as an avenue for people to come together and interact and learn skills that will help them make an informed decision when faced with challenges of life. Through these activities hopes of many people were restored.
Psychosocial support serves to enhance and guarantee the mental stability of MVP to enable them to attain their full potentials. Teachers, caregivers and the community volunteers were trained to provide psychosocial support to these people. Activities provided by this support include periodic home visits, kids club and support group activities for young and older MVP including their caregivers. People will be provided with life skills education, hygiene education and other forms of education relevant to their development and growth during such meetings while caregivers will be provided with skills to cope with stress and educated on food preparation, utilization and storage.
In providing Psycho-social Support, CCEPI through home visitation, the volunteer teams affirmed in the people that they have equal rights with other people. We also formed people into clubs according to their age groups. At this time there are 50 members in kids club, 50 members in youths club and 25 caregivers bringing the total to 250 in the two LGA. We taught them a lot of things on HIV/AIDS, nutritional food, drug abuse, street hawking, hygiene, how to develop self-esteem etc. To improve the quality of life of MVP especially in school, selected teachers across the project ward were trained on psychosocial (PSS) and Child-to-Child Approach (CTC). 50 teachers were trained on PSS while another 50 teachers were trained on CTC approaches. The teachers were trained on how to identify people who are going through emotional stress due to circumstances around them and how to counsel such children.
All the kids were very impressed and happy. Riddles and jokes were done and there was a good response from the people, followed by gymnastics and refreshments.