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Day of the African Child 2016


Every year on 16th of June, Saint Marin CSA Join other stakeholders in sensitizing the community on the chosen theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC).

The focus of the DAC 2016 will be on ―Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all children‘s right.

 In the celebration of the DAC 2016, it must be understood that in the devastation that accompanies conflicts and crisis, children, being one of the most vulnerable segments of the civilian population, are negatively affected in various ways. The protection of all children‘s rights therefore must be prioritized.

Wars and conflicts put children in situations where children‘s rights are violated, including the right to life, the right to live in a family environment, the right to health, the right to education and the right to survival and development.

In 2013, the United Nations Secretary General identified six grave violations of children‘s rights in times of armed conflict. These are as follows: -

                  i. Recruitment and use of children

                ii.  Killing and maiming of children

              iii.   Sexual violence against children

              iv.    Attacks against schools or hospitals

                v.  Abduction of children

              vi.   Denial of humanitarian access.

These violations are not conclusive but reflect those which must be prioritized in addressing the protection of children‘s rights in Africa‘s conflict and crisis situations.    During conflict children are often denied the right to access universal primary and secondary education, thus limiting their chances for better education.

 Further, children become acutely undernourished and prone to illness and are usually the first to die. More disturbingly, girl children are even more vulnerable than usual to sexual abuse. In order to ensure their survival, children are often forced to flee on their own. This makes them even more vulnerable as any source of protection remains absent, and in most cases there are undocumented. Any intervention to curb Africa‘s challenges in eliminating conflict and crisis should place the best interest of the child as a primary consideration.

This year St. Martin CSA together with other stakeholders will mark this day by organizing for a procession round Nyahururu town with several stopovers where elaboration on the theme will be done and community sensitized about the day.   The event will be hosted by Mt. Angels Primary School in their adjacent County Social hall, Nyahururu.





St.Martin community welcomed 6 new comunity worker trainees who will remain with us for this new strategic year April 2016 to March 2017. They underwent a one week induction on how our organisation work and on other dynamics. During their traineeship, they will receive on-job training and mentorship where they will be formed to become contemporaly comunity workers with direct experience on work dynamics.

We take this early opportunity to wish them well in their formation and career development.

We celebrate the growth of  St. Martin CSA family!





 For a long time we have had a dream of sharing our day to day life in St. Martin with our family and friends all over the world and in a small way to say thank you: to our beneficiaries, who continue to be our greatest teachers; to our volunteers, who more than us believe in the potential of every one; to our friends who have generously shared their lives with us; to our partners with whom we share the dream of a better world. And this is why the 'Asante' newsletter was conceived.

Asante is the Kiswahili word for 'thank you'. Through 'Asante', we want to say thank you but also to share what we live everyday as a way of staying close to you and to keep our dream alive.





With a Different Mind



 `With a different mind' is an informal but structured network of Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Donor Agencies, Academic institutions and Religious institutions working with/for vulnerable people in Kenya. The network's mission is to make known to the world the life changing experiences in encountering the different vulnerable groups of people in society.


The foundation of the network was informed by a conviction that the encounter with vulnerable members of the society brings about a positive transformation in the lives of people involved.

The network aims at scaling up its activities from one on one sharing of experiences to a structured entity that could from time to time provide wider forums of exchange.

The rich experiences of each organization, informs the emergence of a unique and practical approach that gives dignity to vulnerability. The network therefore seeks to demonstrate a shift in perception hence the name; With a different Mind.

The network addresses different social issues and has settled on disability for the year 2014 hence the theme; "Persons with disabilities, a gift to humanity


The network envisions; a society where its vulnerable members are not seen as a problem but as a resource that unravels the enormous community potential to participate and benefit from the encounter bringing about integral human development for all.


The mission of the network; is to provide a platform where organizations can share their experiences of working with vulnerable groups of people with special emphasis on unique approaches and life changing encounters.


The network will stimulate a debate, identify new approaches while promoting replication and scaling up of already demonstrated successful interventions

Enhance partnerships and synergies among stakeholders in the field of development

A platform on which implementing organizations through their experience informs academia

A platform on which the academia supports implementing organizations with professional insights

Network members:

CISP, APDK, Bethany Kids, L' Arche Kenya, Kenyatta University, Star Disability Training Center, St. Martin CSA, World Friends, SEP, The Action Foundation, FAI, Fondazione Fontana and Liliane Foundation.



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