CorStone Phase I

Objective

To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention in the Indian cultural context and to measure impact or change in emotional resiliency among the participants. To validate the assessment tools that have been selected by cor Stone for measuring specific outcomes of the program in the Indian cultural context.

Research has shown that adverse impacts of trauma related to poverty and violence, and dislocation can be decreased by strengthening resiliency in children.

In this context Cor Stone, a US based non-profit organisation, has designed low-cost, self-sustaining emotional resiliency programs that help at-risk children, youth and adults to develop life skills for effectively dealing with personal challenges, trauma, conflict or crisis.

The Children’s Resiliency Program (CRP) of Cor Stone is a classroom based group intervention that specifically targets levels of ‘protective factors’ known to support or increase emotional resiliency. This program is unique as it specifically targets children living in difficult circumstances. In October 2009, Cor Stone launched its Children’s Resiliency Program (CRP) in India as a pilot project.

The program is being piloted at the Hope Project, a well-respected non-profit organization based in a Muslim dominated suburb in New Delhi. Approximately 85-100 female students, ages 10-18, who attend the ‘non-formal’ school at the Hope Project, are participating in the Cor Stone intervention. In October 2009, Cor Stone facilitators trained fifty teachers, seven of whom would be taking part in the pilot project.

What We did
The role of Sangath has been to develop monitoring mechanisms for this pilot project to gather regular feedback. Sangath is also looking at what is feasible and acceptable within our culture and to measure impact of the program through standardized scales that assesses improvement in self esteem and optimism.

Impact
CorStone, in collaboration with Sangath, hopes to scale up this program. Sangath would look at how the intervention could be integrated within the existing school based intervention being developed in the SHAPE program.