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Nivishe Foundation is a youth and women-led organization started in 2019 and based in Kibra, Nairobi Kenya. Nivishe’s focus is on creating mental health awareness & breaking the stigma against mental illnesses at the grassroots level. The organization strives to build community resilience in mental health through community-based mental health interventions and trauma-informed programming and hence promoting social cohesion. We mainly target women and girls from marginalized communities, informal settlements, and low-income communities.

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What Was The Aim Of Nivishe Foundation

Nivishe Foundation was started by its founders upon realizing the need to address an alarming rise of mental illnesses and its corollary – stigma and misinformation on mental health in Kenya.

Numerous Kenyans, status notwithstanding, suffer from mental illnesses in silence because of either scarce information or lack of safe spaces to speak out on the subject.

Nivishe started working with women and girls from the marginalized Nubian Community.

The Foundation has since expanded its outreach to other marginalized and vulnerable communities in the same location.

The main aim is to reduce the stigma and create a safe space by leveraging on our ability to recognize and respond to these community needs and create a safe space for young women and girls faced with this dilemma.

Are you passionate about mental health advocacy and eager to make a meaningful impact in your community? Nivishe Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of our Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship. This exclusive opportunity is designed to empower individuals who are dedicated to driving change in the field of mental health and promoting its importance across various platforms. We invite you to join us in this transformative journey towards creating a healthier and more inclusive society.

Nivishe Foundation Mental Health Fellowship

Fellows will be selected based on demonstrated commitment to mental health advocacy. The fellowship will select 50 fellows per cohort.

Application Timeline:

29th August 2023: Application opens

12th Sept: Application closes

13th Sept – 20th Sept 2023: Interviews and Shortlisting

23rd Sept 2023: Orientation

Who should apply?

Individuals who:

1.Are youth leaders in higher education ( TVET, colleges, universities etc)
2. Are adults, though preference will be given to youth
3.Are currently engaged in mental health-related work at their own capacity
4. Are currently in leadership or a position that has potential for leadership e.g  youth leaders, school leaders etc
4. Value diverse perspectives
5.Enjoy working in groups and have stable internet connectivity for attending  the sessions.

Selection Criteria

1. Strength of application form including past accomplishments that demonstrate a strong commitment to mental heath advocacy
2. Commitment to attend the sessions

Selected fellows will need to:

1. Attend weekly virtual/online sessions ( ~12 ~ week time commitment)

2. Commit (12-16 hours per month) for assignments and group works.

3. Be proficient in the English language

Please note that this is a free fellowship and Nivishe Foundation will not cater for any financial aspects


12th Sept Application closes


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