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ABOUT THE MISSION

Uniting for Mental Health Care Across West Africa

OUR MISSION

End abuse of mentally ill people by bringing treatment to West African communities

Focusing on empowerment, dignity, and modern medical treatments, Treatment Not Chains’ mission is to end the chaining and abuse of mentally ill individuals in West Africa. We support the pioneering work of Grégoire Ahongbonon who founded the St. Camille Association that has opened dozens of treatment centers in 3 countries.

St. Camille’s strong belief in the power of self-help and mutual support is evident in its centers, where current and former patients play a central role. From cooks to pharmacy staff, artists to weavers, each individual embodies hope and resilience, reflecting a commitment to nurturing a recovery-driven community where individuals not only receive support but also make meaningful contributions to the well-being of others.

OUR MISSION

End abuse of mentally ill people by bringing treatment to West African communities

Focusing on empowerment, dignity, and modern medical treatments, Treatment Not Chains’ mission is to end the chaining and abuse of mentally ill individuals in West Africa. We support the pioneering work of Gregoire Ahongbonon who founded the St. Camille Association that has opened dozens of treatment centers in 3 countries.

St. Camille’s strong belief in the power of self-help and mutual support is evident in its centers, where current and former patients play a central role. From cooks to pharmacy staff, artists to weavers, each individual embodies hope and resilience, reflecting a commitment to nurturing a recovery-driven community where individuals not only receive support but also make meaningful contributions to the well-being of others.

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HOW WE HELP

Funding a Path to Healing

Our Purpose

What We Fund

Your Impact

At Treatment Not Chains, our purpose is to bring about transformative change in the lives of individuals grappling with mental illness in West Africa. We are on a mission to fund the work of local activists to bring mental health care to their communities.

Medications constitute the most crucial operational cost, and this cost increases as more clients begin services at one of Saint Camille's treatment locations. St. Camille spends $75,000 per month on generic medications from abroad. Other funding projects include building construction, purchase of farm equipment, development of wells and irrigation systems, and job rehabilitation programs.

Every donation is a lifeline for those in treatment. It enables one more person to access vital care, break free from the chains of mental illness, and embark on their path to recovery.

GRÉGOIRE'S STORY

The Catalyst for Our Mission

Grégoire Ahongbonon’s journey from his own depression to a pioneering leader in mental health advocacy in West Africa is at the heart of our story. Witnessing the plight of those with mental illness firsthand, Grégoire‘s compassion transformed into a powerful vision – a vision that we proudly support through Treatment Not Chains.

“My mission is to give dignity back to people with mental disorders, through care, support, and help to reintegrate them back into society.”
— Grégoire Ahongbonon, Founder, St. Camille

Grégoire's Early Life And Challenges

In 1971, Grégoire Ahongbonon moved from Benin to the Ivory Coast, a more prosperous country. He started as a tire repairman, and quickly became successful. His business expanded, he married and had six children. Sadly, his business fell on hard times and he lost everything. Struggling to support his family, Grégoire fell into a deep depression, felt abandoned by society and, like many battling depression, contemplated suicide. Because of the stigma of mental illness and the lack of psychiatric care, Grégoire felt ashamed and alone.

How Grégoire's Life Took A Profound Turn

A turning point came when he met a compassionate priest who treated him with care and respect. With this support and the ability to connect with others in a caring community, he emerged from his depression with a new purpose. He and his wife began providing food to those on the streets, forming meaningful relationships. His reputation grew, and the state hospital in Bouake allowed him to set up a shelter for the mentally ill, marking the beginning of the St. Camille Association.

Grégoire’s Mission and Impact

In a World Health Organization article, Grégoire describes his mission:

"My mission is to give dignity back to people with mental disorders, through care, support, and help to reintegrate them back into society”. The St. Camille Association provides shelter, medical treatment and follow up to people with mental disorders, and helps their social reintegration and rehabilitation through work. Several farms and centers have been created where people with mental disorders can cultivate manioc and other local products. We also try to facilitate the reintegration of people with mental disorders into their village of origin, if they wish to go back."

As St. Camille set up treatment centers, Grégoire and his team worked with families of the mentally ill to move them from chained prayer centers to his centers to receive medical treatment, psychiatric support, food, shelter, and community support. Many recovered patients now serve as caregivers for new patients.

"My mission is to give dignity back to people with mental disorders, through care, support, and help to reintegrate them back into society."

Grégoire Ahongbonon

Founder, St. Camille
OUR FOUNDING SUPPORTERS

Meet the activists behind Treatment Not Chains

Support Dignity and Mental Health

Support Dignity and Mental Health

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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