Despite the difficulties created by COVID-19, Kamili organisation is determined to keep providing holistic mental health care to more and more patients in Kenya.

Like many other small non-profit organisations in Kenya and around the world, the impact of the pandemic is hard felt for Kamili. The social distancing and travel restrictions imposed by the government has made life more difficult for those suffering from mental health issues, because patients can't always travel to the clinics to receive treatment and many cannot afford the costs of masks. Some patients have also found it particularly difficult to deal with social isolation. For Kamili staff, maintaining social distancing and wearing PPE while offering counselling has been challenging. Finally, due to the pandemic, the Family Challenge, Kamili's biggest annual fundraising event, has been cancelled.

Mental health outreach clinic run by Kamili nurses in Kitengela

But none of that is stopping the incredible team from reaching out more and more patients and continuing to provide their incredible services.

In just the past few weeks, Kamili organisation has :

- interviewed 54 nurses for their psychiatric nursing scholarship programme, with the support of Johnson & Johnson;

- opened a new outreach clinic in Kitengela, Kajiado county, thus saving patients there from having to travel all the way to Mathari national hospital for treatment;

- started the extension of the main clinic in Lower Kabete, so that they can soon welcome patients in much better conditions and expand activities.

Thank you so much to all our donors who continue to support the incredible work of Kamili. But Kamili still needs your help. With the Family Challenge being cancelled this year, they are facing an income shortage. Please consider donating to Kamili to support mental health care in Kenya.

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