In March 2021, a mental health champion and IMHA East Africa Program Director Damian Juma debuted the We Live For Us Project. Starting in Mombasa, the We Live For Us (WEL4U) project focuses on improving the wellbeing of young people in 3 coastal counties in Kenya. Utilizing strengths-based approaches and group support structures, this project supports young adults in developing emotional resilience, improving mental health literacy and learning psychological first aid. This project is intended to be the first in a series of projects as part of a capacity building program in coastal Kenya. Target beneficiaries include young adults and their families affiliated with local schools, hospitals and community centers. The three counties included in the initial WEL4U roll-out were; Mombasa, Kilifi & Kwale counties.
Through participation in our YouTH Voices Summit in December 2020, Damian had the opportunity to network with the Kenya Red Cross Youth Department team that led to the roll out of phase one of the WEL4U project. It’s our hope that through continued engagement with youth leaders and youth-led organizations we can amplify the potential of young people in making meaningful contributions in their communities.
For more details on this project, read the report here.