• Women on the Move: A joint project with the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD)

    Women on the Move: A joint project with the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD)

Ongoing projects

Women on the Move project

Key interventions/ results

  • Bi-weekly sport and play activities (e.g. football, netball, volleyball, life skills games) to enhance life skills and coping strategies on 8 playgrounds, facilitated by 17 coaches
  • Capacity building for local coaches, SSPP staff and project beneficiaries
  • Community awareness raising on psychosocial health, sexual and gender-based violence, child rights and child protection, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide prevention
  • Individual, family and group counselling
  • A handbook with concrete information and tips for the use of psychosocial sport and play activities was developed
  • Through training sessions and collective saving activities, women’s livelihood groups were formed and participants acquired the skills to run their own income generating projects

 

The project evaluation showed the following changes

  • The participants in the project enlarged their social networks which increased their access to emotional support in stressful situations
  • The women reported increased physical well-being, improved fitness and a reduction in psycho-somatic symptoms such as disturbed sleep, headaches and painful joints
  • A reduction in the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder indicates an improvement in the women’s psychological well-being
  • They have fewer problems concentrating, less problems with traumatic memories and seem to be more emotionally stable
  • The women perceive their ability to deal with daily stress and difficult situations as having improved significantly. Their belief in their own skills (self-efficacy) has increased and the participants can use their newly acquired life skills in their daily lives
  • Group discussions on domestic violence have increased the women’s awareness of the issue. The women turn to friends, family or professionals more freely, and report that they are better able to cope with violent experiences that they have had

Project video


Project duration

Pilot phase
May 2012 – December 2013

Implementation phase
January 2014 – December 2016

 

Donors

JTI Foundation
Canton of Berne
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

 

Technical partner

Swiss Academy for Development (SAD)

 

Documents

PDF-Icon Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2013

Mental health and psychosocial programme

  • Health education

    Health education


Key interventions/ results phase 1

  • Psychosocial and mental health assessment carried out among SPLA soldiers and women associated with armed forces
  • 30 SPLA combatants trained as peer educators for psychosocial counselling
  • 28 SPLA clinical officers trained on psychosocial support and HIV/ AIDS
  • 400 wounded SPLA soldiers trained on psychosocial counselling

Key interventions/ results phase 2

  • 10 children and youth groups in 5 payams enabled to participate in recreation activities (e.g. football, traditional dances)
  • Life skills education for youth on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/ AIDS prevention, reduction of idleness, prevention of anti-social behaviour (e.g. violence, theft)
  • Awareness raising on gender-based violence
  • Counselling for around 300 beneficiaries (children, youth, women, men) with psychosocial problems
  • 600 adults with mental health problems and epilepsy supported with treatment
  • 1000 indirect beneficiaries through community awareness raising programmes on mental health issues

Project Duration

Phase 1
March 2005 – October 2008
(Activities implemented under the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme led by the United Nations)

Phase 2
Began November 2008: Ongoing
(Community Mental Health Programme)

 

Donors

March 2005 – October 2008
United Nations Development Programme

November 2008 – December 2010
Flora Family Foundation

2012 – present
Breadsticks Foundation