Founder of the NGO amescosa - road to recovery
Andrea Schläppi from Switzerland lives in Kilifi, Kenya, since September 2014. She careered as a primary teacher, socio-cultural animator/community development (bachelor of social work) to dance and movement therapist. In Switzerland she successfully initiated "side by side", a special time-out-project for children and youth with autism, ADD (attention deficit disorder) / ADHS (attention deficit and hyperactivity syndrome) and substance abuse disorder and held the leading position for 4 years. Andrea Schläppi is strongly convinced that every human being has a great, inherent potential which can be unfold for a healthy, self-determined life.
Statement from the founder Andrea Schläppi:
"For me, ROAD TO RECOVERY started in September 2014 as a volunteer and led me thought many encounters with various youth groups, organizations, institutions and departments in Kilifi County and the Coast Region to a close collaboration with Caleb Otieno Odhoch, at that time National Youth Council in Kilifi County, Senior Outreach Worker of MEWA (Muslim Education and Welfare Association) and volunteer of Coast Sea Survival Organisation. Through his support I could find the appropriate gap in which I am able to exploit and bring in fully my professional background and my life experience to supplement and put value on existing efforts. Meanwhile, we are established as an energetic work team to change in Kilifi County and Kenya at large permanently the situation of young people in substance dependence, to sensitize more for a holistic concept in dependence work and to urge the respective implementation."
Since 2016 Kenya Institute for alternative Medicine is supporting amescosa-road to recovery as an important source of expertise in the domain of homeopathy. The ideological back up and encouragement guides amescosa - road to recovery through significant decision making processes and catalyses the engagement to advance consistently with the new treatment and rehabilitation approach and to give a vital contribution to dependence work in general.
In February 2018 NACADA (National Campaign against Alcohol and Drug abuse) has officially recognized the holistic, alternative treatment and rehabilitation approach practiced by amescosa - road to recovery.
Creating job opportunities
amescosa - road to recovery is also concerned about the creation of job opportunities for young women especially from Kilifi. Many well educated young women in Community Development, Social Work or in the Health Sector lack the opportunity of employment.
Meeting the amescosa team
With pleasure we invite you getting to know the team, our location and finding out more about our engagement. Following amescosa.org will guide you to our documentary.