Kenya Psychosocial Disability Watch Edition January 2013
his peer support group is based in Lusigetti area and meets at the LocalChie’s Oce 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 helpul 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 subsistencearming. 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.
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 livelihoodrom their businesses.Te group is ocially 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 eortso this group, particularly Mr. Andrew Kimondo or his eorts 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 ocial o this group.Eldoret County (o be launched later in the year)Nakuru County (o be launched later in the year)