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Strategic Priorities

Support to the Reforms agenda

Support to the Reforms agenda

To inform and influence the enactment and implementation of at least five (5) reforms on prevention and response to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Advocacy for enactment and implementation of at least 5 laws (2 new/pending policies and implementation of 3 existing laws)
  2. Media advocacy on public policy at county, national and international levels
  3. Treaty body engagements e.g. Africa Commission, EAC, UN, etc.
  4. Building and supporting advocacy partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels
  5. Promoting strategic advocacy networks, collaborations e.g. PRWG, CBO anti-torture movements, etc.
  6. Occupation of critical advocacy spaces e.g. relevant State commissions
  7. Support perpetrators knowledge, attitude and behavior change initiatives
Redress and Rehabilitation

Redress and Rehabilitation

To improve access and utilization of holistic redress and rehabilitation services for at least 6,000 survivors of torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Direct and holistic service provision to survivors (medical, legal, psychological and structured referrals for socio-economic empowerment)
  2. Promoting partnerships and networks for routine and urgent services
  3. Referrals for provision of services
  4. Enhance protection of witnesses, victims and HRDs
  5. Awareness and sensitization of survivors and general public e.g. use of IEC materials, media and community outreaches
Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

To nurture social capital and active use of at least eight (8) strategic alliances for the prevention of torture, violence and discrimination by 2018 

Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Enhanced engagements with IMLU’s networks of professionals (lawyers, doctors, journalists, human rights promoters, counsellors and paralegals, among others)
  2. Continuous building of social capital through capacity building
  3. Structured engagements with other key actors (CBOs, NGOs, youths, academic institutions, professional bodies) at the national, regional and international levels
  4. Strategic physical presence and positioning in select counties across Kenya
  5. Building a constituency of survivors and families
  6. Media advocacy to enhance IMLU’s visibility at the county, national and international levels
Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

To generate at least ten (10) research products and proactively use such strategic information to prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021

Key Strategies / Interventions

  1. Expand the scope of research to cover IMLU’s mandate in totality generating at least 10 research products
  2. Undertaking periodic torture survey every 5 years to inform programming and advocacy
  3. Research partnerships with academic, government agencies, renowned research institutional, associates and other professional bodies
  4. Develop IMLU’s internal research generation, utilization and dissemination capacity e.g. instituting a research desk / department
  5. IMLU’s resource center for operational, strategic and academic research

 

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

To enhance IMLU’s capacity to deliver on its mission and goals and institutional sustainability beyond 2021

Vision

A World free from torture, violence and discrimination

Mission:

To prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by engaging with state and other nonstate actors in rehabilitation, redress, research, advocacy and movement building, capacity building, and accountability.

 

G.N* is a 60 year old man who has three children from three different relationships. He had been working with the 82 air force until 1982 when his dreams were shattered after the attempted coup.  He lost his job having been accused of participating in the attempted coup. He was imprisoned at Naivasha Maximum prison and tortured, later released and allowed to go back home.

Upon release, he worked briefly with a shoe Company in Nairobi but because he had become an alcoholic, he lost his job.  He left Nairobi and went to the village.  In the village, he continued to drink and this cost him his marriage. He later got actively involved in church. This is when he was introduced to IMLU. At the time of psychotherapy, he had several issues. These included physical symptoms that needed medical attention, family wrangles, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The client’s psychological issues were triggered by the fact that he had been tortured, lost his job, could not support his family financially and his first wife had left him because he had become an alcoholic in an effort to forget his frustrations. 

He disclosed that he was actively involved in community development projects, where he was a member of several boards in the community/schools and could easily access the Governor who was his neighbour and former school mate.  Counselling enabled him to manage stress, identify the triggers/stressors and how to manage them. He was taught relaxation exercises which he practiced and he admitted that they were helpful in relieving the stress. 

Thankfully, he had good support systems and networks one of which was being a member of poultry development project. In the process he accessed 50 chicks which he was taking care of and once they started laying eggs would be an economic asset.  He had earlier on approached the Kakamega County Governor for support where he was given money to buy a new power saw which replaced the old broken. This helped him to begin felling trees for timber. Unfortunately he did not have capital for the timber business which he desired to begin, to supplement his income from the poultry project.

After assessment by an IMLU network doctor, G.N needed some medical attention too. With IMLU’s help, he was treated at Avenue hospital which boosted his self-esteem tremendously. He was actively involved in church, determined and had faith to keep pursuing his dreams of improving himself economically.  Through the support he received through IMLU’s counsellor, at the time of termination of his counselling sessions, the anxiety, depression and PTSD symptoms had reduced. He was feeling much better than he did when the sessions started and was re-energized to continue living a full life.

He applied for a loan at the County in order to boost his poultry farming where the Governor gave him Kshs 10,000.00 to buy trees that he could fell for the timber business.  Currently he is rearing 50 more chicks.

His is a case of renewed strength and hope in life. Before getting the support from IMLU, G.N had lost hope in life and had sadly never had an opportunity to talk about the trauma and torture he underwent many years ago. The opportunity to meet with his counsellor to process all that, has given him a new lease of life.

He is grateful and says that finally…he can live again thanks to IMLU!

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The research titled: Violence Amongst the Urban Poor in Nairobi, was launched on February 23, 2016 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi County. The study whose objective was to explore the vulnerability to...

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Imlu to Launch …

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Case Stories

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ABSTRACT This article discusses Group Therapy Model in addressing the long term effects of torture as applied in resource poor setting in an emerging democracy in Sub Saharan Africa. The...

FROM SOARS TO...

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FROM SOARS TO A STAR

Sillah Muhia Kinyanjui, 59 was arrested by flying squad unit on 15th September 1997 at Hannah’s Lodge, Pangani area in Nairobi County, where he was visiting his sister who worked...

FROM HOPELESSNESS TO...

05 October 2017
FROM HOPELESSNESS TO REVIVAL: G.N’S JOURNEY TO RENEWAL

G.N* is a 60 year old man who has three children from three different relationships. He had been working with the 82 air force until 1982 when his dreams were...

A history of...

05 October 2017
A history of the coup d’ etat in Black and White

The military camps in Eastleigh, Nanyuki and Embakasi were seized on the 31st July 1982, when the coup instigators were aware of the optimal timing and found it easy to...

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