Establishing a ‘Circle of Friends’ in the Netherlands

What started with five people in August 2015, now turned into a group of 15 persons who wanted to think about a ‘Fracarita Circle of Friends’. The attendees were actively involved and exchanged thoughts on a thinking day at the end of October 2015. It felt like a real group of friends! At this moment, Fracarita Netherlands is working on a database of people who want to become a friend or volunteer.

Successful Fracarita Netherlands day

On October 2, co-workers, volunteers and supporters of Fracarita Netherlands gathered in Eindhoven for their annual Fracarita day. The attendees were informed on the current state of affairs of the Dutch foundation and were given more information on the organization's vision on the future​. After the welcoming speech of Bro. Veron Raes, Mrs. Hermien Staals took the guests on a spiritual trip along Fracarita and the initiatives of the Brothers of Charity. Bro. Veron explained the attendees about the finished projects and the developments that were made last year, namely: the Friends Committee and the mission and vision. After mentioning the current projects, Bro. Veron had the honour to recei

Charity for the mentally challenged wins Indian Fr. Triest Award

Fracarita India annually organizes the Father Triest Award. This Award is presented to people, organizations or projects that have made an exceptional contribution to breaking the taboo on mental health. The intention of this prize is to award those initiatives that approach suffering from any form of mental problems as cultural, creative, and social beings. The Fr. Triest Award of this year went to TRUST (Training and Rehabilitation of Underprivileged Members of Society, Trichy). Fracarita India organized the World Mental Health Day in L.C.T.L. Palaniyappa Chettiyar Memorial Auditorium in Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, having the core theme of “Making Social Revolution on Mental Health” on the 9th o

Leadership formation for Asian Regional Superiors in Wonosobo, Indonesia

About thirty Asian Regional Superiors gathered for a training session about leadership and charisma in Wonosobo, Indonesia from 12 till 20 October, 2015. Bro. René Stockman, the Superior General of the Brothers of Charity and President of Fracarita International, and trainers Mr. Paul Vivez (Belgium) and Mr. Theodore Ndege (Rwanda) accompanied the thirty Regional Superiors on their search to come to an intense leadership in subservience, within the charisma of the Congregation. After the session, the participants visited several communities and services of Fracarita Indonesia. There also was a session about handling conflicts within the Community setting. The enthusiasm of the participants w

New material and renovation works for rehabilitation centre in Kinshasa (DR Congo)

The Centre de Rééducation pour Handicapés Physiques (CRHP), DR Congo, received large donations from two organizations and will use the money for some thorough refurbishments in the centre. The first organization payed a contribution of € 95,938 for the financing of… Surgery materials Radiological materials Materials for physiotherapy Orthopedic materials The other organization payed a contribution of € 77,682.84 to… Renovate the operating room Improve the parking spots Repair the buildings More information about this centre:!blank/gnuz4

Column: Ensuring dignity in mental health

Interesting column of Sandesh Samudre, Public Health Foundation of India, about ensuring dignity in mental health. The theme chosen by the World Federation of Mental Health for observing the World Mental Health day this year (October 10) was ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) raises awareness on what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns. To ensure ‘dignity in mental health’ becomes a reality in India, we

Fracarita International at WHO Forum on Mental Health

Prof. Dr. Geert Dom participated in the WHO Forum on the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) in Geneva on 8 and 9 October on behalf of Fracarita International. The mhGAP aimed at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The Conference payed much attention to initiatives that reduce the gap between primary care and mental care. It was primarily attended by organizations that committed towards the WHO as “Collaborating Centres” or by organizations that explicitly pursue the WHO/UN’s vision on mental health and related intervention methodology at least in words. Prof. Dom recommended Fracarita Internati

New kitchen unit and bathroom for the Centre Neuropsychiatrique de Ngozi, Burundi

An organization donated 28,100 CHF – approximately € 26,000 – for the benefit of the Centre Neuropsychiatrique de Ngozi, Burundi. The money will be used for the construction of a kitchen unit and a bathroom. Thanks to this donation, the psychiatric centre will be able to take care of more residents in the future. More information about this centre:!centre-neuropsychiatrique-de-ngozi/w8h3d

Belgian internship in Nicaragua

Sarah Segers, a Belgian student anthropology at the University of Leuven, followed an internship in two centres of the Brothers of Charity in Nicaragua. Read her interesting story here. My name is Sarah Segers and I’m a second year anthropology student at the university of Leuven (Belgium). For my master thesis, I initially wanted to study the different rehabilitation strategies that are used to help the street children in Granada, Nicaragua. Through the help of Mr. Prakash Goossens, my father Paul Segers and Bro. Jos Mathijssen, I had the permission to stay in the brother house in Granada where I could work on my master thesis and help as a volunteer in the two centres of the Brothers of Ch

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