Community Keepers seeks to create a national footprint by providing relevant content, planting therapeutic counselling services on-site at schools, hosting workshops, initiating / participating in research, collaborating to extend our impact and lobbying for change.

“Nobody should be denied access to mental health care because she or he is poor or lives in a remote place.”

THEORY OF CHANGE

The communities where Community Keepers serve, are known to have some of the highest incidences of violent crimes, abuse and neglect – leading to severe and prolonged trauma.  Resolving the trauma through formal, professional school-based psycho-social support and developmental services, results in a general increase in mental well-being and has a positive effect on a learner’s ability to effectively learn.

In the long term, good mental health becomes a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Community Keepers offers individual therapy to learners from marginalised communities in South Africa.  When children enroll for individual therapy (or are referred by educators or parents), an indicator of their fragility as human beings is the level of hopelessness expressed initially.

Through a process of professional guidance and a solutions based approach, clients are capacitated to manage the stresses of their environment and are neurologically enabled to access their higher brain functions where the capacity for learning is seated as opposed to functioning from within the primitive part of their brains which would handle life with the instinctive non-rational responses of fight, flight or freeze.

Handling trauma effectively is a pre-requisite to effectively learning what is being taught at school, making education outcomes more productive. Having better education outcomes in turn leads to better career and future productivity prospects, ultimately resulting in a client’s increased ability to make a productive contribution to his or her community.