Fracarita China receives donation from The Koch Foundation

We are very pleased to announce that Fracarita China receives a donation from the Koch Foundation. This amount will be used to finance the formation programme in 2016, in order to continue the charity missions in China. The mission of the Brothers of Charity in China started in 2008. The brothers and other staff members help children with disabilities and special needs, support elderly people and orphans, and give pastoral education to the youth in China. Thanks to the Koch Foundation, one of the Catholic foundations in the USA, the formation programme can continue. The formation programme aims at preparing the candidates and young brothers to render assistance to the services and needs in C

New car and motorcycle for psychiatric centre in Indonesia

Fracarita Indonesia finalized the purchase of a new car and motorcycle for the Renceng Mose Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre & Clinic in Ruteng Town, Flores Island. The fund was made available through the generosity of two organizations (Miva Netherlands & Reinier van Arkel), mediated by Fracarita Netherlands. The choice of the car is based on the reality of Flores Island’s landscape and road condition. The car will surely make it easier for Brothers & staff members to better organize the centre’s two main programmes, in-patient and outreach programmes, such as home-care and awareness programme. Renceng Mose is the Brothers of Charity’s new initiative in answering the real needs in Flores I

Mental health patients beautify the appearance of a centre in Peru

Several patients of the psychiatric rehabilitation centre Escuela de Vida beautified the appearance of the building in Lima, Peru in April 2016. They painted the building in different colours. It was another healthy and drug-free day! Escuela de Vida The full name of this centre is Centro de Diagnostico, psicoterapia y Rehabilitación en Adicciones - Escuela de Vida. This centre, which is located in the metropolis of Lima, is called “Escuela de Vida” or “Life School”. The aim of the project is to enable volunteers to work with drug addicts on a rehabilitation programme. Many of those addicted to drug use present as not having any self-esteem and lack self-confidence. The “Escuela de Vida” aim

Renovation of Pakistani schools completed after earthquake in 2015

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of South Asia on 26 October 2015. Two schools of the Brothers of Charity in Lahore, Pakistan, were badly damaged. There were some cracks in the classrooms and the boundary walls. For this reason, Fracarita International looked for funds and received an amount from the Province of West-Flanders. The renovation works started on 23 January 2016 and are now finished. The students can go safely to school again. The two beneficiaries are the Canon Triest Middle School and the Umeed-E-Nau Primary school. Both schools are located in Lahore, Pakistan. Canon Triest Middle School The ‘Canon Triest Middle School’ is located at G-Block Youhana Abad. This s

Signing MOU GNIYD and G-SET (India) for Diploma Course Community Based Mental Health

On Monday 4 April 2016, there was an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing in Sriperumbudur, India, between the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development and Dr. Guislain Svastha Education Trust on the subject of Diploma Course Community Based Mental Health. The 6-month CBMH Diploma will start in June 2016 and it will be conducted for 25 students in Ranchi. The MOU has been signed by Mr. Prakash Goossens, International Representative of Fracarita International, on behalf of the Trustees of G-SET and with witness of Mrs. Rama Yeldandi (Managing Trustee G-SET). The official MOU is with Mrs. Rama Yeldandi (Managing Trustee G-SET). As stated, a grant of approximately 7 la

President of Fracarita International visits Ministry in Burundi

Bro. René Stockman, President of Fracarita International, visited the Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the National Institute of Public Health. The discussion focused on the mental health problematic in Burundi. Read more about the possible solutions. The Superior General of the Brothers of Charity and President of Fracarita International, Bro. Dr René Stockman, the Regional Superior of the Saint-Francois-Xavier Region (Burundi and Rwanda) and the General Director of the Neuro-Psychiatric Centre of Kamenge (very well known as CNPK in Burundi) visited the Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on March 8th, 2016. They were we

Publication on mental health

HAS, the health advisory service, has recently published a new study on Improving Mental Healthcare in Resource-poor Settings. The study was funded by the European Commission and makes a plea to mainstream mental health throughout the health system and in other relevant sectors. Apart from key advice to the EU on how to move forward on this subject, the authors also list a number of key questions to stimulate policy dialogue on mental health between national governments and development partners including EU Delegations. Download the study.

Several events at psychiatric centre in the Philippines

From January to April 2016, several events took place at the Saint Dymphna Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre in Gingoog, Philippines. This small-scaled initiative, locally originated on behalf of volunteers, was taken over by the Brothers of Charity in 2013 and thoroughly adapted to fit the requirements of care services. The center was reopened at the end of 2014. ‘Breaking the chains of stigma’ and removing the iron bars were top priorities for Fracarita Philippines. Events in January 2016: click here Events in February 2016: click here Events in March 2016: click here Events in April 2016: click here Pictures During sports fest During trip to Mantianak Botanical Garden and Zoological Par

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