GRT in Nicaragua
In Nicaragua GRT has implemented several projects with long-term results.
The first step was the humanisation of the Psychiatric Hospital in Managua, dehumanising place of restraint, followed by the effort in looking for patients' families and communities in order to reintegrate them.
In a second stage GRT has implemented projects and awareness-raising activities on mental health issues and has participated in the restructuring of the system of psychiatric services in the territory, in Managua first and then in the north of the country.
Moreover, GRT has supported a daytime social centre for children in Estelí, working hard in order to allow children to live with their families and/or extended families and has been working in the city prison dealing with children's rights and looking for alternative solutions to incarceration practices, rather than building a juvenile prison as requested at the beginning.
Furthermore, considering the strong social culture of Nicaragua, where children are often seen as workers that have to take care of their siblings or families, GRT has introducted organic cultural mediation aiming at producing activities in order to see children responsible of their own lives and choices, workers but also owners of rights such as education and the right to an harmonious physical and mental development.
The main beneficiaries of GRT's projects in Nicaragua have been people affected by mental health issues and their families to start with and then marginalised children and adolescents.
The main long-term results achieved by GRT in Nicaragua were the formal and informal interventions carried out in order to help marginalised people, with particular regard to children and people affected by mental health problems.
The activation of these resources related to the institution of the territory but independent from the public organisation, has been efficient also in times of severe contraction of public resources. The basic training on social inclusion issues has created a culture of acceptance widely diffused and it streghtened the ability of the public staff to intervene and protect through terapeutic assistance and rehabilitation.