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$12,000 to seed a new collaboration of strategic planning and training

for caregivers and those with mental illness.

Over 200,000 people across urban and rural El Salvador have NO access to mental health services. People with psychosis, people fearfully isolated in their homes, people with anxiety and trauma, people with bipolar disorder and major depression, family caregivers with no idea how to help their loved ones, suffering the stigma of neighbors. Help us raise $12,000 for mental health in El Salvador. 

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Donate before May 10, 2014

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We want to help 200,000 people in El Salvador gain access to mental health care and support. Support our mission and donate by May 10, 2014.

Use of the Donations

We are already bringing together individuals, organizations and government health leaders who are passionate about providing mental health care to those in need. The next step is to create programs for outreach to those with mental illness and their caregivers. The money raised will go for the initial assessment, training and strategic planning for our national stakeholders, who include persons with mental illness and family advocacy groups. 


To donate with a credit card, click the donate button above; to send a check, write it to CHHD, put MHI in the memo line and send it to CHHD at 340 Maryland Avenue, Harrisonburg VA 22801.

For more information, click the menu link above to Mental Health International


 About CHHD 

CHHD was set up in 2006 as an umbrella organization to provide funding and capacity building support to innovative, effective programs of health and human development, primarily in low and middle income countries. We also provide advice, consulting, and fiscal management services to start-up and young INGOs. Our Board members bring a wealth of international program development, management, fundraising, best practice, evaluation and research knowledge to the organizations we serve. Currently, board members are involved in projects of global mental health, global health, HIV-AIDS, educational innovation linking learning and research, women’s empowerment, and more.

The programs CHHD currently supports include:

  • Mental Health International (MHI)
  • Congo Village School Project (CVSP)
  • La Linea Scholarship Fund (El Salvador)
  • Seeds for Communities of Peace in (Burundi)


Recent News


CHHD runs campaign to raise $6000 in 3 weeks for MHI’s mental health work in C.A.

CHHD is kicking off a short term campaign to raise funds for a new collaborative effort in El Salvador. Mental Health International (a project of CHHD) is forming a group of national stakeholders who are committed to finding a solution to a very difficult problem – how to provide quality mental health services to over 200,000 Salvadorans who currently have no access to mental health services. These are people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety, trauma and other seriously debilitating illnesses, mostly in rural areas of the country. How do we reach these people? How do we provide community based compassionate services for family caregivers as well as people with illnesses? Can we provide integrated services that help people with income generation and employment in addition to treatment and medication? The next set of meetings to build the coalition and receive training from our partner BasicNeeds occurs in mid-May. Only $6000 left to raise before that time! Can you help us out?


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CHHD starts two new initiatives for mental health in El Salvador

Sam Nickels recently returned from El Salvador meetings with a variety of stakeholder partners who are pursuing two new projects. The National Collaborative for Mental Health Research is an effort to identify and prioritize research in El Salvador that engages the necessary parties and funders for longterm impact and sustainability. First priorities include a Delphi process to achieve consensus around treatment / services and research priorities, and an epidemiological study to broadly identify  numbers of persons with mental illnesses, the types and prevalence, and questions of access and types of services available.

The second new initiative is in the exploratory stage. We are holding a series of trainings with BasicNeeds to explore their model combining partnerships mental health and economic development in order to reach the large portion of the Salvadoran population that has no access to mental health services, especially in rural areas. BasicNeeds has over 10 years of success in expanding access and community based programs for people with mental illness and their family caregivers in 12 low income countries of Africa and Asia.



DAF funds CHHD’s Central American regional mental health project (Mental Health International) for 11th straight year.

The DAF Foundation expanded its funding to CHHD for mental health work for 2014 for two projects. One is based in El Salvador and provides education, support and empowerment activities to users of mental health services and family caregivers. The other is a regionally focused project to provide support to established and emerging consumer and family caregiver grassroots civil society groups in Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras.



CHHD Director Sam Nickels leads board capacity building workshop for Congo program

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In November, Sam spent two days with members of the board of the Congo Village School Project to work on board development and organizational capacity building issues. Board members expressed appreciation as they deal with many difficult issues as the organization seeks to move through its start-up phase of development. Topics included role of the board, international communication, team leadership, financial management, and board-ED relationship.