#UchaguzibilaNoma - Non-violent elections
"Peaceful elections for a peaceful Kenya" was the message of the peace procession that was held at Nyahururu town. This was an activity of the Community Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (CPPR) before the general elections in Kenya. Similar events took place in the neighbouring areas of Nyahururu; Mochongoi, Ol'Moran and Rumuruti.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking IDADA 26th June
As every year, St. Martin CSA celebrates the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking IDADA. This is not only an occasion to raise awareness for the suffering of the people with addiction and their families. It also highlights the community approach of St. Martin CSA and its many volunteers working for the Community Programme of Mental Health. They are essential to restoring the dignity of the people affected.
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Annual Report 2021
The annual report for 2021 is now available. It talks about the achievements of the organisation and demonstrates its impact. It acknowledges all the solidarity within the communities that supported people in need and illustrates this with some examples. We wish to express our gratitude for all the small and big contributions that were made in the spirit of St. Martin CSA.
World Social Work Day 2022 Conference
In view of the World Social Work Day 2022 (15th March), St. Martin CSA has organised a conference in Nyahururu on 7th April to celebrate the day. 45 organisations involved in social work from the Laikipia and neighbouring counties have attended and exchanged their experiences. Following the theme of the day, "Co-Building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind", we explored possibilities of collaboration and partnering. Watch the recording of the event.
Rehabilitating Survivors of Rape
In Kenya, one in three women and one in five men have experienced an episode of sexual violence before attaining the age of 18. About 41 per cent of married women and 11 per cent of men have experienced physical or sexual violence. The Community Programme of Peace and Reconciliation uses a multi-sectoral, survivor-centred approach to supporting survivors of sexual violence. Over the years, there have been several capacity-building sessions for various stakeholders and duty-bearers on best practices when it comes to handling survivors of sexual-based violence (SBV).
An article in the March 2022 issue of the Pay Lumina Magazine.
Giving hope and opportunity to girls with particular vulnerabilities
Naomi was born with albinism, a genetic disorder that causes the skin, hair, or eyes to have little or no colour. According to the Albinism Society of Kenya, albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition occurring in both genders regardless of ethnicity in all countries of the world. The Kenya Human Rights Commission states that a person with albinism in Kenya pointedly stands out because nearly all others around them have a dark-pigmented skin tone. This means that a person with albinism cannot hide even if they tried to and are, therefore, exposed to exceptional attention and all the discrimination and stigma that comes with such attention everywhere they go.
From a symbol of authority to a symbol of love
Jane (not her real name) was born in 1950. She is a mother of one and a progressive farmer. When she worked as a prison warden, she never imagined that one day she would work with a different community other than the one she was used to – the Discipline Forces. She was used to applying discipline, orders and authority. Her community was confined, and, therefore, she never dreamt of working with her community freely, mingling with them and calmly visiting families with vulnerable children and engaging them on their children welfare and not using authority or force. Unimaginable!
Think globally, act locally
As the 2021 United Nations climate change conference known as COP26, (Conference of the Parties) comes to an end in Glasgow UK, we wish to acknowledge small steps that contribute towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climatic action. In 2018, Fondation Assistance International (FAI) from Switzerland funded St. Martin CSA and L’Arche Kenya’s project “Path Towards Autonomy”. The project was implemented over 3 years from April 2018 to June 2021 with the aim of enhancing the institutional, programmatic and financial sustainability of the two organizations. One of the six objectives of the project was to strengthen the technical and human capacity to use and manage information and communication technologies.
Chains of solidarity and kindness
Before the introduction of Free Primary Education in Kenya in 2003, millions of children were locked out of their basic right to education. According to the Society for International Development (2004), the Free Primary Education Policy increased the gross primary school enrollment from 5.9 million to 7.6 million, an increase of over 29%. Anthony was a beneficiary of this policy being among the over 1.7 million children out of school. Despite this creditable and promising policy, Anthony could not progress to secondary school as he was not able to pay the school fees.