After 7 years of leading St. Martin CSA, Fr. Mariano Dal Ponte is stepping down as director. His successor is Irene Iwamithi.
After 16 years in Kenya, Fr. Mariano has been called back to Italy by his Bishop to receive new tasks. Fr. Mariano has lead St. Martin CSA with great success. His loving care and joyful openness have transformed our organisation and its staff. We are full of gratitude for the time we could spend with him and the changes he brought to our lives and the lives of our beneficiaries.
And we are happy to welcome Irene Iwamithi who will take up the office of the director. Irene is a lawyer from Nyahururu who has been a volunteer for St. Martin CSA for 20 years. Her intimate knowledge of the organisation regarding structure and functioning as well as the St. Martin CSA approach enable her perfectly to continue the work of St. Martin CSA in the same spirit and to the benefit of the communities.
The long way of recovery
The Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health brought together 53 people for a workshop, some in active addiction and others in their early stages of recovery. The workshop was designed to address some of the most disturbing issues in addiction and the recovery process as a way to prevent relapse. These included improving self-esteme in recovery, identifying and avoiding triggers to lapse and relapse, intimate relationships in recovery and motivation enhancement.
Footsteps of Gratitude and Openness
On November 9th, the activities around the 20th anniversary of St. Martin CSA culminated in the final celebration on the grounds of the Nyahururu DEB Primary School. The numerous participants from the area and guests from abroad were welcomed by the founder of St. Martin CSA, Fr. Gabriele Pipinato, and enjoyed a beautiful day.
World Mental Health Day 2019
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. For several years, The St. Martin CSA Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health joined the world in celebrating the day together with the mental health volunteers, beneficiaries, the community and national and county government r. representatives.