The Family Tree Initiative has focused its efforts on Murang’a and Kiambu counties. However, we are not limited in scope since our mandate is to train teachers, health workers and local leaders. Once these groups are equipped with the needed knowledge and skills to deal with mental health matters at the basic level, the effects will trickle down to the other community members.
Family Tree’s commitment, in collaboration with BrainShe counsellors, is to destigmatize mental health and allow people to heal through the entity’s programmes. The Chairlady, Ms. Wangechi, and the other counsellors in the team, have a combined experience that spans several decades. Thus, the entity is equipped to tackle the real issues that are affecting communities by offering practical solutions that have proven to be effective both in the short and long terms.
We are currently looking for Partnerships and collaborators who will help us implement out projects. Our assurance is quality service to the people and a transparent implementation process guided by a detailed activity planning, budget development, regular reporting, and financial statements including audited accounts. If we were to receive funding, one of the programmes would target schools.
School Concept: Dealing With Post-Covid-19 Trauma in Schools
In Muranga’s County, there are 7 sub-counties and 35 wards:
- Kihani Sub-county: Wangu, Mugoiri, Mbiri, Murarandia, Gaturi and Township wards
- Maragua Sub-county: Kimorori. Makuyu, Kamahuha, Icagaki and Nginda wards
- Kigumo Sub-county: Kahumbu, Muthithi, Kangari, Kinyona and Kigumo wards
- Kangema Sub-county: Kanyenyaini, Muguni and Rwathia wards
- Kandara Sub-county: Ngararia, Muruka, Kagunduini, Gaichanjiru, Ithiru and Ruchu wards
- Gatanga Sub-county: Gatanga Ithanga, Kakuzi, Mugumoini, Kihumbuini and Kariara
- Mathioya Sub-county: Gituhi, Kiru and Kamacharia wards
The first phase of the program implementation will include the selection of one school from each county and training the teachers. Each school has an average of 25 teachers and each teachers is in charge of about 40 students. Thus, training the teachers will have a trickle effect on the rest of the population.
The focus will be on how to deal or cope with the diverse issues that have emerged from this COVID-19 period. Children in schools have not only been affected by the disease, but they have also had to encounter the economic and social issues that have emerged from this health crisis. Issues such as pregnancies, economic difficulties, school delays and deferrals, domestic challenges, uncertainties and other problems have all had a toll on the mental health of the students and teachers. It is, therefore, relevant to show how the teachers will deal with these issues and then teach them how they can help their students handle these challenging times as well. The program will apply the course that has been tested and approved by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.