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Everyone deserves to live with dignity.

In much of West Africa, mental illness is regarded as a sign of possession, leaving the sick wandering or living in chains. Through the work of Grégoire Ahongbonon, a visionary African activist and auto mechanic by training, over 140,000 people have been given their dignity back. In October 2015, a group of Americans found his story in the New York Times. Compelled to support his work, this group of health professionals and social advocates came together to form Treatment Not Chains to support the dignity and recovery of people living with mental illnesses in West Africa.

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Grégoire Ahongbonon, Founder, St. Camille Association

“My goal in life is not necessarily to cure but to treat all people with dignity.”

Read Grégoire's story in his own words

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Your donation funds our advocacy efforts to provide mental health treatment to thousands and reduce inhumane practices and stigma about mental illness.

Les Amis de la (Friends of) Saint-Camille is an NGO in Quebec, Canada which has supported the Saint Camille Association since 2001. Treatment Not Chains is a member organization and manages the GlobalGiving donor interface.

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