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Shanthiham office Jaffna
Shanthiham Office Jaffna

About Shanthiham

Shanthiham is a non-profit local Non-Governmental Organization collaborate with the communities to improve their well-being, working at Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka since 1988.

The history

The need for an institution to deal with trauma victims saw the establishment of the Association for Health and Counselling (AHC) popularly known as Shanthiham in 1988. Since then Shanthiham has developed as an organization that provides both a Counselling Centre and Training Centre for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for the Northern and Eastern part of Sri Lanka.

Vision & Mission

Vision: A healed and restored community that is able to celebrate life in all its wholeness.

Mission: To develop the capacity and fulfil the needs identified in relation to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Northern Sri Lanka at the individual, family and community well.

Aims and Objectives

  • Support to all, particularly those in crisis and at risk of mental health problems.
  • Training to a wide range of professionals, community based organizations, national and international NGOs, and local volunteers to develop and enhance knowledge and practice in promoting well-being and positive mental health.
  • Evidence research, and publications on what works well to enhance well-being and positive mental health of our communities.
  • Ensure well-being of individuals, families and communities and make them economically empowered.
  • Create a strong civil society through active participation in decision making processes based on participatory development approaches, promoting diversity and building networks with government and nongovernmental stakeholders and partners.

Organization’s primary interventions

Shanthiham is dedicated to improve the community well-being of individuals, families and communities. It includes the capacity building programs for front-line social workers from Government and private sectors. The details of intervention methodologies documented in the book ‘Scarred Communities’. The capacity building helps to deliver integrated enhanced psychosocial interventions with the collaboration of District and Divisional service providers.

Recently implemented programs

  • Working with conflict-affected communities, focused to Enhance Resilience and Recovery via integrated mental health and psychosocial services in selected communities, funded by USAID.
  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures, focused to develop the best practices for SGBV case management through working with communities and front line officials, funded by Swiss Embassy through SDC.
  • IMHO Counselling Course focused to select counselling trainees from five districts of Northern Province and train them as counsellors with classroom learning and field practices with the support of International Medical Health Organization (IMHO).
  • Trauma Program focused to provide community counselling services integrated with referral systems for the direct victims of conflict, funded by The Asia Foundation.
  • EU EIDHR Program focused for the promotion of the rights of conflict-affected women through a redress of power imbalances in conflict-affected communities with the partnership of ZOA, FOSDOO and Viluthu, funded by of ZOA Sri Lanka.
  • EU Catalytic Support to Peace Building Program focused to provide services for children, parents and their communities to improve the well-being of the children through community interventions at selected resettled communities with the collaboration of SOND, OfERR Ceylon, funded by Unicef.
  • Accompaniment Program focused to improve the psychosocial well-being of the families with missing members, funded by ICRC.
  • Psychosocial Training of Trainers (TOT) Program focused on capacity building of front line workers from Government and private sectors with the support of Government Office for National Unity and Reintegration (ONUR).