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Life Stories

Rashmi’s story: Sri Lanka

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Rashmi (name changed), aged fourteen, lives in a remote farming village in Batticaloa in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka with her sister, grandparents and great grandmother.  Rashmi’s father is dead and her mother works as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. The grandparents take care of the children.  Rashmi’s parents were child soldiers in Sri… Read more

Dr. Syvanna’s story: Laos

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Dr. Syvanna Phompanya, a general practitioner and Chief of the emergency unit at Hin Hurp district hospital in Vientiane Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, was introduced to BasicNeeds at the first ever mental health training for health workers organised by BasicNeeds Lao PDR. To address the lack of mental health personnel in the country, the… Read more

Muhammad’s story: Pakistan

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Muhammad, aged forty-three, is married with six children. He has been working with HANDS, a partner of BasicNeeds Pakistan, since early 2010. After a major traumatic experience in his life, Muhammad grew increasingly bitter, angry and paranoid. Things escalated to a point where his family life began to suffer. Since he was working with HANDS… Read more

Christine’s story: Kenya

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Christine Angila is the owner of Africa By Hand, a Kenyan company that mentors and coaches people in creating art, crafts and adornments. Some years ago, Christine benefitted from a BasicNeeds sustainable livelihoods project in Kangemi and today as a business woman she sells her wares in the exclusive Galleria Market in Nairobi, Kenya. Christine… Read more

Padam’s story: Nepal

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Padam Pani from Nepal has been suffering from bipolar disorder. He began receiving treatment in 2010 through mental health clinics organised by LEADS, BasicNeeds’ partner in Nepal. After taking medication regularly and going for check-ups at the community mental health clinics organised by LEADS, he is now much better. Through the programme, he was also… Read more

Abukari’s story: Ghana

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Abukari Adamu, aged twenty-nine, is a seamstress living in Tamale in Ghana.  When she was seven years old she started getting seizures. Before her first seizure, she was a very active little girl and attended school regularly but later she dropped out due to her seizures. Her parents sent her to a number of herbalists… Read more

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