Befrienders Kenya is modeled on the worldwide Befrienders originally founded in 1974 by Chad Varah (founder of the Samaritans), then recently launched as an independent charity in 2012. Befrienders Worldwide is a dynamic and expanding global network of 349 emotional support centres in 32 countries, spanning 5 continents. These centres are staffed by more than 25,000 volunteers who provide vital support to an estimated 7 million service users each year.
Befrienders Worldwide centres provide an open space for those in distress to talk and be heard. This is via telephone helplines, SMS messaging, face to face, internet chat, outreach and local partnerships.
Following the same model, Befrienders Kenya provides a listening service and emotional support to those in distress, despair and feeling suicidal. We believe in giving a person the opportunity to explore feelings which can cause distress, the importance of being listened to, in confidence, anonymously, and without prejudice. Our volunteers receive special training in listening skills to help in responding to vulnerable community members. We work closely with counselors and psychiatrists and refer cases to them where necessary. Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, all week to provide emotional support to anyone that finds life unbearable.
All our services are offered free of charge.
To volunteer or speak to a volunteer, contact us on:
Tel: 0707 633 692/ 0721 205 541