2nd Mental health training for women in Rural India 

Mental health is often not the focus of educational or health programs when it comes to developmental activities run by NGOs or big companies.  But what if missing self-confidence, uncertainty, stress, relationships and alcohol make it very difficult to change or develop anything?  That’s why we started mental health trainings for the tribal women in…

Using a game: income generation and more for selfhelp group women

“It was in 1977 that we have started to put a lot of energy into social work and to set up Self help groups and skill trainings for poor women from urban, rural and tribal areas around Karamadai,” Rev. sister Anila from the Good Shephard convent in Karamadai, Tamil Nadu tells me. She is really…

How cleaning agents can change a life

There are several re-used bottles on the bottom: inside there are very colourful liquids: red, yellow, blu, white… And there is a very special, but fresh smell in the air. I have entered a small room. At the back of the room some big containers are visible. “My Mum has joined a selfhelp group here…

About butterflies, good women and fatalism 

   We enter a small secondary street at Patong, the famous beach in Phuket,Thailand. Patong is known especially because of its red-light district. In front of us there is the Good Shepherd vocational center, a location for Thai women and girls, working in the red light surroundings, to learn better English, to study for a…