World Mental Health Day 2020
On October 10 every year the World Mental Health Day takes place. This year it runs under the theme "Greater Investment - Greater Access". St.Martin CSA is joining this effort to improve access to mental health service through an increased investment of resources and consideration. Everywhere for everyone.
The untold stories
|The annual report 2019-2020 is now available. It talks about the activities of the organisation and their achievements in the reporting period. But it also acknowledges all the untold stories where people supported each other following the spirit of St. Martin CSA, knowing or unknowingly. The current annual report can only represent a small example of these stories and express our gratitude for all the small and big contributions.|
Wash your hands!
We are committed to continuing securing our communities from COVID-19, especially in the poor neighbourhoods. For this reason, we joined hands with L'Arche Kenya, Talitha Kum Children's Home, Fondazione Fontana Onlus and Fondation Assistance Internationale in installing hand-washing facilities for public use. Thanks to the County Government of Laikipia, these tanks are always refilled with water. Kindly make use of these facilities. Wash your hands frequently so that together we control the spread of COVID-19.
The village of the priest
Mubia village. is populated by Turukanas, a minority within Laikipia county. The remote village is particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic as economic opportunities are few. Therefore, the Emergency Relief Programme of St. Martin took a special effort to support it.
Struggling with the pandemic
The restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus have disrupted many lives. Especially people who are vulnerable and already facing many problems found themselves in peril very quickly. For example, Janet and her mother, who were evicted from their house, or Daniel, who at the age of 18 had to take charge of his family, or Margaret and her 13 grandchildren. The Stawisha Jamii - Emergency Response Project (ERP) of St. Martin CSA reaches out to help these people.
Stawisha Jamii - Emergency Response Programme
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives - and the vulnerable groups in our communities are hit particularly. When shops have to close and travel activities are reduced many small jobs and casual labour are not available anymore. Without this small source of income, many families don't know how to get food. Therefore, St. Martin CSA in collaboration with the Laikipia County Government, L'Arche Kenya and Talitha Kum has initiated an Emergency Response Project to alleviate the needs of the most vulnerable families.
Working in a pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic affects also the work of St. Martin CSA. With the lockdown and social distancing, many of our usual activities had to be halted or re-organised. And at the same time, new needs appear in the communities that need to be addressed. Simon Maina, coordinator of the Community Programme for Children in Need, explains how his team is dealing with the situation.
Easter is a time to give. It’s a time when we receive many visitors in our rescue and rehabilitation centres. Unfortunately this year you will not be able to visit your beloved boys and girls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, you can still support them through prayers, sending them a message of goodwill or even making a financial contribution through MPESA. The paybill number is 921023.
Protecting our beneficiaries
The beneficiaries of St. Martin CSA belong for the most part to the high-risk group regarding the new coronavirus. Therefore and in accordance with the measures taken by the Kenyan government, we have taken a series of steps to ensure the safety of our beneficiaries and our staff with the aim of still being able to serve the community.
The St. Martin Approach
In the context of the development of the new St. Martin CSA Strategic Plan in 2019, an Independent Consultant evaluated the St. Martin Approach. It received a good rating on its impact on the lives of the programmes' beneficiaries and adaptability for upcoming areas of work.
Handling Addiction in Prisons
In a 5-day training, 35 prisons officers were introduced on how to handle addiction. The event was organised by the Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health CPAMH.