As I was pitching the project to the potential funders and sponsors both local & international the question was always asked “the reasons for my involvement in the project?” and obviously I would gladly share my personal story and passion for mental health which seemed to put their minds at ease. This may explain why they headhunted for an individual like myself to add credibility to the project perhaps…I’m only speculating.
Over and above my personal reservations things like promises made on the project not being followed through on, trainers not being paid, funding not being availed to actualise the project was starting to form a clear picture.
The situation on the ground is the project is established & making traction and all I have is a past due probationary agreement which clearly outlines that the Lab can terminate you at any point…can you see it, the writing is all too clear on the wall.
Now we know it is not healthy to have a victim mind set so in this situation I have to say I drunk the Kool-Aid the Kamara Kool-Aid buying in to the vision of creating a platform that would affect real change, Ksh200k+, 150+ days of 2021 in and a project IP in I’ve been left holding the bag or there lack of!
I ignored my instincts to have things take place in logical sequence, kept delivering while getting nothing back and as per the Con standard the rug is pulled out from under you when there is nothing more to gain and you’ve significantly put your neck out.
I am not sure why is stings more when you have been swindled by foreigners in your own country but it does….it just does! Moreover i don’t think its right that a foreigner or foreigners can come to the country to exploit our most valuable resource the youth. The nonchalant manner in which this whole exercise has been carried out and response thereafter shows that this is Standard Operating Procedure making me not the first but i do hope i shall be the last.
As stated in the email i gave them a week to respond and with no response i rendered my notice of resignation 28/05/2021 at 5:20pm.
I do appreciate you sticking with me on this journey and I hope you’ve been entertained while being informed.
I have to say i have always envied the special few that have found causes they are willing & ready to die for not to be too dramatic about it but I have finally found my calling and that is mental health and well-being, there is nothing I will not do for the cause.
This is the reason I will not allow bad work practices that exploited my personal experiences, my passion, finances, networks and intellect in an attempt to earn a buck literally on the back of individuals struggling with their mental health…..SHAME ON YOU JOHN KAMARA & ADA LABS SHAME ON YOU!!!! Do better..
At this point i think ive earned my MBA in con artistry, if you know you know….Mr Con Man Chronicles.
Suffice to say that 2hours after posting chapter 1 the lab paid me could be a total coincidence but yeah and today morning 2/6/21 i received my balance from the boss, sigh this experience has been rather draining if I’m being honest but i would do it again. For the simple reason that several employees within the lab as well as some who have left, shared relatively similar experiences with me that have negatively impacted their lives & wellbeing with a few actually suffering nervous breakdowns because of it.
For the talented youth at the lab, opportunity does not give anyone the right to treat you undeservedly or exploit your talents for their benefit and there is recourse from social to legal available to you, for those left in positions of power do not allow your fellow country men to be ill treated.
With that said I will leave it at that, its back to the drawing board for me, working on my business, applying for jobs and pushing for the project. All that is left is to see my notice through and keep it moving.
What re the next steps for me and the project you may ask?
Step 1: Write blog to give people a good laugh and let those who maybe in a similar situation that is alright majority of if not all of us have once been there, take your hits & lessons then hold your head high.
Step 2: Dust yourself off with your head high and get back on the unruly horse called life, there was once a point in time all i wanted was to have ‘normal’ people problems so I’m not complaining.
Step 3: Protect the Project- before i thought about writing this blog i spoke to all my partners who have graciously agreed to support the project moving forward outside of the lab which include the;
- Mental health first aider training institution
- Mental health organisation that will carry the wellness workspaces and student training programs
- Mental health App that will avail telemental health services
- Production company producing the TV Show
- Nominated senator who is the project ambassador
Step 4: Keep it pushing and look for local companies that want to help rebuild the country from the ravages of Covid-19 on our financial, emotional, spiritual wellbeing to sponsor the project.
Step 5: Call to action-The Project is driven by four key driver activities that all require sponsorship and funding include;
- Training of Mental Health Champions/First Aiders in homes, counties, organizations, communities & institutions
- Creation of Wellness Workspaces
- Creation of BOMA Circles in schools
- Frankly Speaking TV Show
For individuals looking to be mental health champions inbox me the training is free and is done online so you can email me to get on the next cohort list.
Those who maybe interested in any of the above services we look forward to hearing from you.
We will be looking for an anchor sponsors as well as engaging in fundraising for the project, we want to offer training for free to those who can not afford which comes at a cost for the have the doctors(trainers), facilitators, course literature, data(internet), smart devises etc.
To the media houses, Telco’s, Banks, & Corporates alike we hope we caught your attention presentations & budgets are ready email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and 0702-097401.
Every life is worth saving
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