BY ISAAC MUMBERE
More than thirty Community Psychosocial Helpers in Kasese district have been commissioned after undergoing a skills training in handling cases related to Gender Based Violence, HIV/ AIDS and drug abuse among others.
The Community Psychosocial Helpers who also acquired skills mental health illnesses, counseling and formation of psychosocial groups with sponsorship from Stress Reduction and Counseling Centre (SRCC) in partnership with AMAHA for Girls Project were commissioned yesterday at Kamaiba Youth Centre in Kasese town.
The beneficiaries who underwent a two – day training were drawn from the sub-counties Maliba, Bwera and Kasese Municipality.
Rev. Can. Josephat Bwalhuma, the Director for Stress Reduction and Counseling Centre said he was hopeful that the number of trained Community Psychosocial Helpers would cause an impact in the communities that they come from.
He therefore commissioned the trainees to go in their respective communities and cause a positive change in the fight against social and mental related problems.
Juliet Masika Akampulira, one of the stakeholders from AMAHA for Girls’ project, Belgium based organization revealed that they have been working hard in ensuring that the young girls who face some challenges related to stress are cared for at community levels.
According to her, the victims of gender based violence in the sub-counties of operation have been trained in various skills including shoe making, tailoring and garment cutting and hair dressing among others to help them live comfortably in their communities.
In his remarks, Mr. Martin Safari, the Local Council III Chairperson for the Central Division in Kasese Municipality, commended the project that he said will help to end some cases related to mental health in Kasese district.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the acquired skills so that they do not fall victims of gender based violence.
Mr. Hillary Bwambale, one of the programme beneficiaries told our reporter that the skills that they had acquired from the training would help them to transform the people in their respective communities.