Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal) is a non-profit non-govermental
organization, established in 2005. It is affiliated woth HealthNet-TPO Netherlands,
an international organization that supports local initiatives designed to rehabilitate
and strenthen health care structures in countries affected by war.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT:
The ‘RETURNED: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army’ project is designed to increase awareness of the issues of child soldiers who are exploited throughout South Asia and the rest of the world.
Dr. Brandon Kohrt and Robert Koenig worked directly with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal). TPO Nepal strives to support peace, reconciliation and local capacity by improving psychosocial and mental health care. Together with local communities and authorities, we have worked on structural development of health care. TPO Nepal has provided training courses, conducted research and implemented projects in the field of psychosocial care for trauma-affected populations. Currently TPO Nepal is implementing a school and community based psychosocial care program for children in areas of armed conflict.
Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness and funds with this website and film. We plan to use this money to create a fund that will help educate the returned children and provide them with an opportunity to get involved in income generating activities. I intend to utilize our project website, nepaldocumentary.com, as an informational gateway, helping interested parties to contribute directly to viable solutions. I have also recruited hundreds of members to our Facebook cause ‘RETURNED: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army’.
The project’s website, nepaldocumentary.com has been in existence since 2007. The main purpose of the website was to create a space on the web to increase awareness of the project. Over time, I have implemented interactive elements into the design of the website. During the initial production of the documentary, I began an interactive forum that users were able share their opinions about the subject of child soldiers in Nepal. I have also included an “Action” section on our website in order to encourage users to get involved directly with the efforts to end the use of child soldiers in Nepal. The “Action” section also includes multimedia elements such as trailers, interviews, and article that have been produced in coordination with the making of ‘RETURNED’.
Educators from Canada, Europe, and the U.S. have contacted me about utilizing our multimedia content in their classrooms. In 2008, the site had a 77% increase in the number of hits from the previous year. In 2009, I predict that our site will have well over 120,000 hits and I will continue to update the content as the situation in Nepal changes. The content of nepaldocumentary.com, is made available as a public service. It's purpose is to provide information to the online community. Please do not use this content without prior written consent.