We are a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that intervenes in mental health.  BNBR Kenya was initially founded in 2005 as the Country office of Basic Needs UK but, in 2016 it formally established itself as a national NGO in Kenya.

Our Purpose is to support people with mental disorders, those at risk, and their caregivers to live and work successfully in their communities. We contribute to ensuring that they access basic rights by empowering communities to provide care, social support and avert adversity to those affected or at risk.

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Basic Needs Kenya
Basic Needs Kenya


Since inception, we have distinguished ourselves as leaders in health and development, particularly mental health in Kenya.  

Over the last 15 years we have been implementing programs in Kenya, we have developed A Model for Mental Health and Development which takes a holistic approach to mental health care comprising elements of capacity development, community mental health, livelihoods support, research and influencing policy and practice. We have a long history of developing pro-active approaches to mental well being, as well as delivering reactive clinical mental health services to those in need.

Through such programs, we have managed to directly reach and positively impact over 90,000 people.

To date, we have implemented projects and carried feasibility studies in 10 counties in Kenya. We have also offered project implementation and grant oversight support for Community Psychosocial Support Organisation (CPSO) in the Equatorial Region of South Sudan, West Nile Region of Uganda, and in Internally Displaced Persons camps in South Sudan, TSURO Trust in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe and Mental Health Association of Ethiopia.