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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. 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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On Sunday 24 November, Simona Atzori performed her dancing piece "Disegnati cosi" (Designed like this) in Padova, Italy, to support of the 20th anniversary of St. Martin CSA. Over 500 spectators contributed towards our mental health project

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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.

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Kinyua was living alone in an abandoned house until he was discovered by the mental health programme of St. Martin CSA. With the help of volunteers and the community he underwent a psychiatric assessment and received treatment. Today, he's living with his relatives and has started his own business.
Support our to restore the dignity of 500 people with mental health issues!

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The annual report for the period 2018 to 2019 is now available. We'd like to thank all those who did their best to help realise all the achievements of St. Martin in the reporting period. 

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On September 28, Rev. Bishop Joseph Mbatia Visits St. Martin CSA from the Diocese of Nyahururu visited St. Martin CSA. This was an opportunity to celebrate the past achievement of St. Martin CSA and to prepare for its future.

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August 13, 2019,  marked the debut of the 20th-Anniversary celebration at the grassroots level: St. Martin CSA handed over the celebration torch starting in the Ol Moran zone, journeying through Sipili, Kinamba, Mochongoi, Muhotetu, Ol'Jabet, Mairo-Inya, Ol'Jororok, Ngano, Igwamiti and Nyahururu town zone. On November 9 the torch will be handed over to St. Martin CSA for the climax.. 

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Defilement is a crime that is causing much suffering among our children and youth. It robs children of their dignity and their childhood.  This video by St. Martin aims to raise awareness and to inform the public of the basic facts and steps to be taken in case a child is defiled. 

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On August 3rd2019, St. Martin CSA in conjunction with Vijana Tustawi organized a mental health hike on Mt. Longonot as part of their 20thanniversary celebration build-up activities. The hike was inspired by the 20th-anniversary theme “Footsteps of Gratitude and Openness” and echoed our openness and commitment to addressing issues of mental illness that continue to plague our communities and nation at large.