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Kenya Psychosocial Disability Watch January 2013 Edition

Kenya Psychosocial Disability Watch January 2013 Edition

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USPKenya First Newsletter release! It features some key activities and milestones of the organization concerning Persons with Psychosocial Disability (Mental Health Conditions), how the new Constitution of Kenya 2010 relates to them and the CRPD among many other interesting updates
USPKenya First Newsletter release! It features some key activities and milestones of the organization concerning Persons with Psychosocial Disability (Mental Health Conditions), how the new Constitution of Kenya 2010 relates to them and the CRPD among many other interesting updates

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Kenya Psychosocial Disability Watch Edition January 2013
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elcome to the First editiono the USPKenya Quarterly Newsletter 2012/13. Wewould like to thank our Board, sta members, partners and donors whohave supported us in advancing andpromoting the rights o persons withpsychosocial disability in Kenya.Te promulgation o the Constitutiono Kenya 2010 (CoK2010) and theratication o the CRPD (Conventionon rights or Persons with Disability)by our country in 2008 presentan enormous opportunity or theimmediate and progressive realizationo the rights o persons with disability in Kenya
Users and Survivors o Psychiatry in Kenya (USPKenya) is a non-governmental organization that wasestablished and registered in Kenya inthe year 2007. It is a membership organization whosemajor objective is to promote andadvocate or the rights o persons withpsychosocial disabilities (mental healthconditions) in Kenya.Te organization is aliated with theWorld Network o Users and Survivorso Psychiatry (www.wnsup.net) andits Arican aliate the Pan-AricanNetwork o Persons with PsychosocialDisabilities(PANUSP - www.panusp.org).
USPKenya has been operating in Kenya or the past 5 years and has transormedthe lives o persons with psychosocial disabilities especially through inuencingpolicy and legislation, rights-based advocacy and also through participatory public education programs using dierent media such as V, radio, newspapers,magazines and internet on mental health issues. USPKenya has also participated ininternational conerences and other orums.
A world in which persons aected by mental health conditions are not only treated with honor and dignity, butrealize their potential.’
‘o be the world’s leading orum and voice o people aected by mentalhealth conditions, to promote theirrights and interests.’
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Tis project seeks to improve the capacity o people living with psychosocial disability in Kenyato understand and claim their rights as contained in the Constitution o Kenya 2010 (CoK)and the Convention on Rights o Persons with Disability (CRPD) which Kenya ratied in2008.
he project will also enhancethe recognition o the rightso Persons with PsychosocialDisability (PPD) in Governmentpolicies and in public community systems. Tis project commenced inSeptember 2012 and is expected to runor one year till September 2013.Te project is unded in part by theOpen Society Foundation (Te OpenSociety Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracieswhose governments are accountableto their citizens.) through its Disability Rights Initiative (DRI) and iFred(International Foundation or Researchand Education on Depression).Te ollowing key activities have beenimplemented through this program:Experts by Experience(Peer Support Initiative)
Nairobi County 
Te Nairobi Peer support groupmeets twice every month on alternateSaturday mornings. Te age bracketis between 20 to 40 years o age. Tegroup mostly consists o proessionalswho are users and survivors with abalance between genders with a totalnumber o 38 registered members. Itis the most empowered group becausethey are already participating in variousadvocacy initiatives in the media.We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Andrew Amadione o our support group member orNairobi County peer support group onbeing awarded “Legend 2012” by theAssociation o Energy Engineers. Hereceived the award in Atlanta, Georgia late last year (2012) Tis is in line withArticle 27 o the CRPD on the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work reely chosen or accepted in a labor market and work environment that is open, inclusiveand accessible to persons with disabilities. Andrew is a Consultant ChemicalEngineer specializing in Renewable Energy in the Energy Sector in Kenya and withthe invaluable support and reasonable accommodation rom his employer, he’s ableto realize his ull potential and participate in work and employment on an equalbasis with others.Link to the interview with Je Koinange on K24 elevision StationPart 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoszNLRQRdgPart 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LBH9JQuzCsPart 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4vmLzLzkjw Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kQamc6G-LI
 Andrew Amadi with a guest at the Awards Ceremony in US Andrew Amadi with H.E. Ambasador to Kenya in US
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Kiambu County 
his peer support group is based in Lusigetti area and meets at the LocalChies Oce compound every rst Friday o the month. It comprises o about 20 members o which some are carers and the majority users/survivors(persons with psychosocial disability). Most o the members are elderly womenengaged in various sel help activities such as subsistence arming and livestock rearing. Tis group is duly registered as a sel help group by the Ministry o Genderand Social Services.Te members contribute a certain amount every month, part o which is or savingas well as or sof loans which are repaid with a 10% interest. Tis is helpul or thembecause o the pooling o resources as a group, which enables them to meet someo their daily needs as well as invest the money borrowed in small scale businesses.
(Kiambu County Support Group pose with Kanyi Gikonyo in the Background –Photo aken by Michael Njenga) Michael Njenga (USPKenya Head o Programs) at a home visit or one o themembers (Beatrice) and her support person in the Kiambu County Support Group
Beatrice is an 84 year old lady with apsychosocial disability who is activein marathons or the elderly as well asa rearer o livestock and subsistencearming. Tis is the ultimate proo thateven older persons with psychosocialdisability can participate in the society on an equal basis with others. Troughan initiative supported by Basic NeedsUK in Kenya, she has been able toimprove her standards o living by engaging in a livelihood project. Tishas enabled her to participate in hercommunity, live independently andalso make her own decisions just likeany other person in the society. Herstory is a clear indication o ability despite the intersection o disability,gender and vulnerability as an elderly person when the relevant support andaccommodation are available within acommunity setting.
Nyeri County 
Tis group is based at the KaratinaDistrict hospital where they meetevery month. Most o the membersare involved in small scale businesseswithin Karatina town. Tis has enabledmost o them to live independently since they are able to earn a livelihoodrom their businesses.Te group is ocially registered andoperates a bank account where they deposit their savings every month.
 Michael Njenga (USPKenya Head o Programs) with the Nyeri County Peer Support Group held at the Karatina District Hospital 
We would like to recognize the eortso this group, particularly Mr. Andrew Kimondo or his eorts in spearheadingadvocacy or their rights with the localadministrative authorities who haverequested them to submit a proposalon the kind o activities they would liketo engage in.Mr. Kimondo is a graduate teacher andlives with a psychosocial disability andis an ocial o this group.Eldoret County (o be launched later in the year)Nakuru County (o be launched later in the year)

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