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.
Corporal punishment is still widespread and causes much suffering among our children and youth. It can lead to mental disorders, fear and anxiety and poor academic performance among others. This video by St. Martin aims at raising awareness and demonstrate some alternatives to corporal punishment.
St. Martin CSA meets Mental Health Task Force
In December 2019, the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Sicily Kariuki, formed a task force to assess the mental health situation in Kenya. On January 21 this task force visited Nyeri and our colleagues from the Community Programme for Mental Health were present to showcase the approach St. Martin CSA uses to improve the situation of persons with mental health issues.
Child Right Situation Analysis
During the second half of 2019, the Community Programme for Children in Need CPCN conducted a Child Rights Situation Analysis in Nyahururu Sub-County. The results were presented at three forums to disseminate them and discuss further actions.