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.
St. Martin's Day 2021
We celebrated the St. Martin Day on 6th November 2021 in a ceremony attended by our friends, associates and partners. We profited from this celebration to remember the inspiration of Saint Martin of Tours whose encounter with a poor beggar greatly transformed him. As St Martin CSA, L’Arche Kenya and Talitha Kum, we wish to welcome the vulnerable, the weak and the little ones in the society so that we too may be transformed in our efforts to uplift their lives.
Community-based Mental Health Care
St. Martin has developed a Community-based Health Care Model project running from April 2020 through to March 2023; this project aims to their mentally afflicted. For the third time, we are organising a fundraising luncheon in support of this project.
Annual Report 2020-2021
The annual report 2020-2021 is now available. It talks about the activities of the organisation and their achievements in a particularly challenging period. It acknowledges all the solidarity within the communities that supported people in need and gives but a few examples. We wish to express our gratitude for all the small and big contributions that were made in the spirit of St. Martin CSA.
The Role of Faith Communities in Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable and Marginalised People
Emerging Trends in Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Challenges and Opportunities
In preparation for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June, the Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health organised a symposium to take stock of the addiction issues in its target area. The event will gather a number of local institutions and personalities who will discuss emerging issues and trends on alcohol and drug abuse, challenges, and possible remedies and or interventions.
A Sense of Meaningfulness and Progress
Recruiting and retaining volunteers is a challenge for any Non-Profit-Organisation. A recent study, done by St. Martin staff Paul Mathubi, shows that intrinsic rewards, like a sense of meaningfulness and progress, prove to be very important for volunteers.