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Restoring the Dignity of 500 People with Mental Illness

As we celebrate 20 years of St. Martin CSA’s existence this year, we wish to share our joy and gratitude with you for being a part of this journey. Our theme this year is “Footsteps of Gratitude and Openness”. 

Our Gratitude goes to you, our friends, supporters, sponsors, donors and volunteers for your generous commitment and resources. You have been our inspiration while working with the vulnerable amongst us. Through your support, we have been able to touch and transform the lives of children with disabilities, survivors of violence, children in need of protection and care, people suffering from HIV/AIDS and addiction, as well as the communities that surround them.

We also take this moment to convey our Openness to change. We are far from completing and fulfilling our mission and we believe there is much more to commit ourselves to. There are new areas of concern, new challenges that await our response: People dealing with mental illness are one of the groups we are starting to journey with.  For this reason, we ask for your support as we implement a new 3-year project on mental health that will run from April 2020 to March 2023.  

This venture was informed by a study conducted by St. Martin and media reports that have highlighted growing mental illness cases. The study revealed that mental illness is a significant challenge in the target area and the need for assistance is great. The study further revealed that stigma, lack of access to medical care occasioned by the high cost of consultation and medicines and transport to seek professional support as well as false information on mental health are the main contributing factors to the low levels of community capacity to address the problem. 

The Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health is currently implementing a 2-year pilot project on mental health (April 2018- Mar 2020) that has justified why this project needs to be undertaken. Based on the review of the pilot project and the great need for intervention, St. Martin CSA wishes to increase its coverage of patients from 30 to 500 as well as enhance the capacity of their families to support and care for them. Additionally, the project will carry out activities to positively influence the attitude of the general community in a bid to reduce the stigma of patients with mental illness and their families face.

The Goal

To reach out to 500 people with mental illness and their support systems and structures, the project needs an average of Ksh. 100,850 per beneficiary for three years (translates to about Ksh 33,600 per beneficiary per year) which gives a total of Kshs. 50,425,000 to cover the project for the three years.



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