Get to know us
Douglas Kintsukuroi Foundation is a registered NGO under section C in CAMA with registration no: CAC/IT/NO 90823, elaborately, Section 590 (605) of CAMA 1990 and Section 23(1) of the CITA Cap C21.LFN 2004 Non-for-profit Mental Health Advocacy Organization founded in 2016 at Yola, Adamawa state, Northeastern Nigeria by Blessing Douglas who has experience in social work and a passion for humanity.
The Foundation offers clinical and counselling services in the area of mental health to persons, especially children and women who cannot afford the services of a clinical psychologist or a counselor to break out of the challenges that are leading to any mental health crises they encounter both in their lives and communities.
These services include mental health awareness programs, metal health educational events and skill acquisition programs for empowerment.
What we aim to do
The word Kintsukuroi means “The piece is more beautiful for having been broken.” This organization started out with the knowledge that things happen in life that we have no control over, and the response we give to these happenings determine if we come out bitter or better.
Without treatment and attention, people living with mental health issues are at increased risk of academic failure, drug abuse, depression, suicide amongst others. Thus the vision of Kintsukuroi is to empathize, educate and empower children and youths grappling with any mental health challenge.
What makes us stand out is our mission for starting this initiative which is grounded in our holistic approach to children dealing with mental disorders in a way that no one else does, because in addition to the mentorship and counselling that we provide through trained volunteers from our organisation, we also employ the service of clinical psychologists that visit the schools of these children once e week, and also hold one-on-one counselling at our centre.
If there is a need for medication, the professionals provide us with feedback and we provide the necessary resources or contacts to offer help. We also go as far as visiting the homes of some of these ones if need be, to proffer individualistic solutions to this problem that has been negatively connoted as a “white man’s disease”; issues such as child headed homes, emotional and physical abuse from parents, broken homes, neglect, and abandonment, child marriage etc.
In addition to empowering the children, we are placed in a highly accessible position to even go as far as educating or helping their parents identify the symptoms of mental illness and commencing prompt treatment or management. The Kintsukuroi Foundation helps these struggling children, teenagers and youths to understand that their situation in life should not define them, and they have the ability at any time to start writing down their story all over again. We help them achieve this by equipping and empowering them with the necessary mentorship, counselling and resources to transform themselves, their communities and the society at large.
- To identify and empathize with children and youths with depression or other mental health issues.
- To educate and promote the understanding and importance of getting help for mental illness.
- To empower and help all the victims with access to our organization through spiritual, physical, mental, and social empowerment schemes.
- To promote optimism toward the growth of mankind
- To create more awareness on mental health