Transitional housing, sometimes called second stage housing, is envisioned as a residency program that includes support services and is designed as a bridge to self-sufficiency. The objective of setting up Transitional housing for women victims of violence across Punjab is to provide survivors of violence with safe and secure housing so that they are not forced to live in other substandard/unsafe conditions or return to their abusers.
Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate socio-economic self-sufficiency among survivors of violence. Residents will usually stay for a duration of six months to one year and, will be required to establish personal goals to work towards economic stability and independence.
The Project will provide housing to women who are fleeing from violence, along with protection and security from abuse and homelessness, and enable them to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, through provision of skill development opportunities, employment referrals, psychological counselling, and ancillary support such as childcare and child development programs.
Activities under THW
Provision of Shelter
At shelter, support is provided to the resident women, victim of violence and accompanying children. Women survivors and accompanying children are provided with basic commodities such as food, seasonal clothing, personal care items and recreational items e.g. LCD, DVD player, sports items and toys for children.
Medical Examination & Treatment
Medical examination is done of each resident at shelter. Basic medical treatment is also provided to survivors. Personal hygiene kits are distributed among residents to maintain general health. Survivors are referred to medical clinics and public hospitals for treatment if needed. To maintain cleanliness of the premises dengue spray is also sprinkled at shelter on regular basis. Free Medical Camps are arranged for all; residents and staff for tests and medication.
Psycho-social support together with adequate commodities and physical health is one of the main components of women’s development and protection at shelter. To fulfil the need a psycho-social counsellor is hired to provide psychosocial counselling for resident women at shelter. All women survivors are facilitated with psycho-social support for stress management individually and also in groups.
A trained and experienced teacher is hired for shelter to teach women survivors’ minors basic mathematics, English and Urdu reading & writing. Children receive formal and informal education at shelter. Informal educational activities are arranged for children at shelter e.g. Pakistan’s Day Celebration, Earth& Water Day. However, children are also sent to local schools and are also provided uniform and study material. Adult literacy program is also organized for women.
Trade Skills Trainings
With the kind collaboration of various government and non-government vocational institutions, resident women are enrolled for different trade skills trainings where they learn life skills, business skills and trade skills e.g. Stitching and Cutting, Industrial Machine Operator, Textile Fashion Designing, Professional Beautician Skills as well as Computer Programming & Web Designing etc.
Awareness activities are conducted to educate survivors on women’s legal rights, Muslim Family Law Ordinance, Women’s health & hygiene issues, sexual harassment & pro women legislation as well as motivational skills for entrepreneurship. The purpose of such activities is to disseminate maximum information on the said topics to educate them for social empowerment.
Social Integration Events are organized for shelter residents on monthly basis. Such social integration interventions helped women and children in bringing back their confidence and has thus supported towards their rehabilitation.