Psychological and social support
A holistic approach for gaining capacity to act
Since the mid-1990s, terre des hommes schweiz has worked successfully in countries whose populations are affected by disease, poverty and violence. At the heart of this work is a holistic consideration of the individual problems and the social environment. This is the only way that psychological and social assistance can help those affected to regain hope and become empowered members of their communities.
In the countries of the Global South, people’s lives are often characterised by disease, poverty,violence, natural disasters and human rights violations. These living conditions greatly increase people’s vulnerability to social stigmas, marginalisation, impoverishment, violent incidents and human rights violations. Those affected become trapped in a cycle of poverty. With the help of psychological and social methods (psychosocial support – PSS), it is possible to break the cycle. The success of these methods is based on a dual approach: from the outset, each person’s individual psychology and social environment (their relationships, family, community, social values and culture) are taken into account. This kind of support is crucial for giving those affected hope that they will be able to regain agency over their own lives.
In groups of like-minded peers, children and youth share their experiences and learn to trust one another. This develops into a form of mutual support. They begin to actively cooperate and make joint decisions. Furthermore, they learn skills that will help them to meet the demands and overcome the challenges and changes in their lives. (Example project: Support for Aids orphans through the partner organisation Humuliza)
It incredibly important to create a supportive environment for children and young people as they learn to find ways of dealing with their difficult circumstances. That is why our partner organisations also work with the communities, families, carers and other key figures in the children and young people’s lives, and organise informative and awareness raising events about relevant topics.
Desk for Psychological and social support
061 338 91 42 | Irene.Bush(a)terredeshommes.ch