The first initiative that LENS Foundation undertook was to introduce a trained counselor at the Panchi center. The unique situation of the Ghazipur centre and the lack of availability of formal systems of education meant that students needed to be treated with care to ensure that they continue to be present at the centre and keep learning. The trained counsellor ensured that both students and their families knew the importance of education in the context of students’ holistic mental well-being.
The periodic counselling sessions dealt with children’s behaviour, social skills, and emotional health, including their ability to cope with problems, work in a spirit of cooperation with others and regulate their emotions.
The sessions were divided into Individual, group, and parent counselling.