The smile on a child’s face—it tells of happy, carefree days; of enviable innocence. But for some, a smile can be a mask that conceals intense emotional pain.
Despite his shy smile, Simon is going through deep emotional pain. His most difficult moment is bedtime, when the slightest sound startles him awake and sends him scurrying outdoors, terrified. There he spends the rest of the night, cold and alone! Walking to school every morning and back home in the evening is another nightmare that he has to contend with every day. The sight of the devastation caused by the water brings back memories of the day he saw his mum swept away by water as she tried to rescue his brother.
Simon cries a lot these days. Anytime he sees anything that reminds him of the tragedy or his loss, he says he cannot help but cry. He has intrusive flashbacks, unexplained headaches and increased startle reaction to any loud sound. Read More..
Solai Survivors Psycho-social Support
On May 9, 2018, the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru burst its walls and sent about 10 million litres of water cascading downhill into the village below, killing at least 50 people and leaving hundreds homeless.
Wives and husbands have lost their life partners, parents have lost their children, children have lost their parents or siblings, and some haven’t even begun to wrap their minds around the fact that their loved ones are gone for good. Homes that were a place of refuge no longer exist. Families have been torn apart by the necessity to find accommodation wherever it is available; with a grandparent, an aunt, a family friend.
Two weeks after the tragedy, children returned to school enveloped in the trauma of loss and fear. For many, the schools are a sore reminder of their tragedy. Desk mates or playmates are gone forever. In one school, 400 girls share two toilets; the old ones still stand, but they are unstable from the water damage and therefore a hazard. These are the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters who feel like they are living a nightmare. Who can help? Read More
Psychiatric disability organization is a community-based organization operating in Nakuru County, in Kenya. It was formed to advocate for rights of people with mental illness and assist them build better lives through access to psychosocial support, diagnosis and treatment, social integration, skills development, and productive representation in all aspects of life.
PDO is a registered charity operating in Nakuru County. It is an organization that advocates for mental wellness and assist those affected to recover and claim back their health and dignity.