Ashreya Shivir (Safer Homes for Women)
Saathi's Programme for Women and Girls facing Domestic and Social Violence
Saathi Women Shelter
Saathi is operating as a women’s shelter for the battered and sexually abused women since 1995. At present women shelter is located at Bagdole, Lalitpur. From September 2010.”Saathi” women shelter has its own office cum shelter complex at Bagdole, Lalitpur with well set up office, a dispensary, counselling room, office room, extra activity room or NFE class room along with total capacity of twenty beds for the residents.
Tools used for the operation of the shelter
- SOP (Standard operating procedure) is the main tool used to run the woman shelter home. It is the process tool, which is practiced upon the victim during their six months stay in the shelter. In the last four years SOP tool has been quite helpful in the smooth operation of the women shelter.
Staff of women shelter
- Saathi coordinator
- Social worker
- Field worker
- NFE teacher
- Two wardens
- Gynaecologist visits the shelter twice a month.
Services provided to the residents in the women shelter
Following services were provided to the residents after being admitted in the shelter.
- Lodging: Residents were provided accommodation for six months along with their children, if they were below 8 years in case of male and below 18 years in case of female. However, there were many cases in which we had to extend the living period.
- Food: Residents were provided all three meals of a day during their stay in the shelter.
- Medical: Medical treatment to the residents has been also provided during their stay in the shelter.
- Psychological Support: Psychological support and therapies seem to be very helpful to the residents and therefore is provided by us during their stay in the shelter.
- Legal Support: There is a provision of all type of legal support to the residents during their stay in the shelter. They were frequently given orientation classes regarding the legal issues.
- Training support: Shelter provided different types of occupational as well as skill development training either short term or long term to the residents during their stay in the shelter.
- Educational support: Shelter provided educational support through NFE (Non formal Education) classes to the residents during their stay in the shelter. Inside the Shelter various awareness classes were held on the subjects like domestic violence, woman trafficking, personal health and hygiene, safe migration, etc. The children of the reintegrated women are given two years of educational support by the Shelter.
- Economical support: In the name of economical support to the residents, seed money is provided if they wish to start their small businesses on their own. The Shelter is accountable for the various expenses during the reintegration process and also the resident’s two month’s rent after her reintegration.
- Protection support: The responsibility of the resident’s protection is taken by the shelter during their stay at the Shelter.
- Employment support: The Shelter has taken up the responsibility to provide employment to the residents who are in need of.
- Educational achievement: Most residents who comes in the shelter, are illiterate. Shelter has a policy to provide Non Formal Education (NFE). Through NFE they get basic education.
- Skill development: Most of the cases those comes in the shelter are unskilled. Shelter has also policy to give skill development training. Through skill development training residents acquire skill and become skilled.
- Mental and Physical health achievement: In most cases, residents come in the shelter are either mentally or physically ill. Shelter has also policy to provide medical treatment and psychological counseling. Through medical treatment and psychological treatment, resident becomes mentally and psychologically healthy.
- Consciousness achievement: Women shelter has a policy to organize orientation classes every month regarding the legal rights of women, gender discrimination and other social and medical issues. After attending such types of orientation class, they become conscious about the women’s right.
- Economical Independent: During their six months stay, our main goal is to empower the resident economically from income generating skills and trainings , so that after the reintegration, residents can survive on their own .
- We re-integrate them in a completely better situation from the time they came to the shelter which have enabled them to be more self-confident, and self-reliant and have allowed us to make a small difference in their life and that we consider has been our greatest achievement.