Mwatikho Torture Survivors Organization




The year 2014, Kenya has witnessed sporadic terrorist attacks and most Kenyan killed and maimed. MATESO has managed to intervene by assisting the families and survivors of terror attacks. 

The positive implications for our Centre; we fairly managed to get grants from IRCT and UNVFVT. We expanded our office space to accommodate other staff and programmes.

Our coordinator travelled to Rwanda on a mission of skill development. The program is supported by IRCT. 

It has also been the year to fundraise to enable the Centre sustains itself 

Our staff/professionals have been invited to several training forums related to trauma counseling, holistic care and an in-service for professionals on medical treatment and care. In 2014 we look forward for a prosperous year, as MATESO expands its rehabilitation mandate to the torture survivors.



2014 turned out to be a success for capacity building for the Organization, the funding increased from UNVFVT for the rehabilitation activities. Though we got late support from a major donor, UNVFVT and IRCT funded us through OAK fund. We didn’t get La Luz fund. This affected the support we have been offering to women and girls. 

In October 2014, I visited Rwanda for a regional training at Kigali, Supported by IRCT.

Theconflict in Southern Sudan continues; the crisis led to influx of refugees to Kenya. Even the Kenyan Nationals were caught in the conflict. We had to intervene to provide medico-psycho-social support to both refugees and the Kenyan nationals affected. 

We still have not attained our budgetary target. In 2014, we managed to fundraise 23% of our total budget. This is a year, we partnered up with IRCT in a DFI project. The project implementations kicked off in early 2014.Fundraising efforts are still disappointing as major donors; assert that they already have funded similar projects in our regions. We are trying to reach Embassies in our country to finance short term projects. Donors tend to fund urban based organization while a larger percentage of the target groups are rural based. This has not deterred our efforts. We have kept on trying to convince more donors to support our projects. 

In 2014, Kenya witnessing a sped of terrorism acts. Several areas in the rural and the Northern regions of Mandera, Garrisa and Wajir experienced massive terrorist attacks. We have managed to reach 25 families of terror attacks and assisted in psychosocial support.

To propel a national healing process and offering psycho-social support has become our priority. The urge to increase the quality of treatment and rehabilitation services and prepare alternative medical reports for legal cases has been our focus throughout 2014. We also focused on training health personnel in order to increase the quality of our service delivery and publish reports on the treatment of torture survivors. The staff had, added value for art therapy counseling techniques that took Centre stage in our healing process among the victims of conflict.



2014 was a year that we attended to cases as a result of terrorist in Northern Kenya. This was immediately after elections .Over 300 people were slashed with machetes, some critically injured as a result acid contact .The Bungoma and Busia county government managed hospitals were overwhelmed with attending to persons with acute injuries. We had to intervene to assist these victims.

Kenya in 2014, experienced a spate of terrorists attacks. Some of the victims coming from Western Kenya had to seek for our medico-psychosocial support.

 We had previous clients who still continue with their therapeutic support we offer. We also have refugees who have had conflicts in Sudan, several have been assisted. And the sexually abused women in the event of torture or any aggression as relates to conflicts. The three sets of conflict:–the post-election violence; the SLDF onslaught on civilian; and the military onslaught on SLDF members and partly some members of the public precipitated the increase of torture Survivors. Those with bullet wounds, slashed ears, and physically assaulted needed follow-ups and our support.       

We carried out psychological evaluation of patients through patients’ instruments; under treatment and documentation-we offered somatically basic care plus structured interview on psycho-social health status and information about health care possibilities.

For victims who experienced violence or psychological stress, we did psychological diagnosis and employed the services of a qualified specialist psychiatric.

There are three predictors that we look into while evaluating the client: we have pre-traumatic stressors, where bio-data such as age, gender, educational level and the historical era is pre-determined Then there is the phase called peri-traumatic, where we observe trauma severity; initial stress reactions; the trauma duration and the release environment: then lastly we have post-traumatic phase that involves the assessment of disorders, gauge the treatment received and social support given to a client. 

Element of a trauma oriented treatment involved –Narrative theatre, orientations, stabilization, focus on the past and future and so to the farewell aspect. We used other complementary therapeutic techniques such as:-

·         Writing-therapeutic journaling, healing  letter, visual journaling and mind mapping;

·         Exercise –dance and movement therapy, strength training, walking, yoga, martial art, hydrotherapy, and  swimming;

·         Music therapy-life song in conjunction with movement therapy and art therapy, movement and composing; Art therapy-visual journaling and bilateral artwork;

·         Ropes or challenge courses-trust, touch, addressing fear, teamwork, group problem solving and empowerment; Aromatherapy ;Biblio- therapy-paired with schema work; Cinema therapy;  Laughter therapy; EMDR ; meditation/prayer; visualization/guided imagery-safe/beautiful place, future self and healing images; Genograms-use of color-coding for therapeutic purposes; Body work-reiki, therapeutic messages reflexology, hugs and manicure/pedicures; and Life story-lifeline’s, fairy  tales, collages, “life goals and treasure maps”  and story telling

Though we discharged a greater number, the need for follow-ups and offer of home –based care in 2014 was crucial.

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