World Health Organization (WHO) report of 2008 estimates that one out of ten people suffer from major depressions and almost one out of five persons has suffered from this disorder during his/her lifetime (i.e. one-year prevalence is 10% and lifetime prevalence 17%) (Kessler et al, 1994). By 2020, depression will be second leading cause of world disability (WHO, 2001) and by 2030 it is expected to be the largest contributor to disease burden. In Kenya, the economic frustration in most poor families, alarming death rate as a result of HIV & AIDS, increased number of road accidents, and recently the terror attacks and COVID19 Pandemic, has increased the number of Orphans and exposed millions of Youths and Children to depression. Sexual offenses has also increased in Kenya as more people work from home after the government imposed stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID19.
This program is meant to improve mental wellness of children and youths in Kenya through educational, skills training and psychosocial support intervention to the vulnerable children and youths.