Kadette Chantal – her life’s journey with psycho social difficulties


Kadette (Second left) , mother with Patient Experts , Vestine far left and shemus -right


Kadette Chantal – her life’s journey with psychosocial difficulties
Since 17th December 2014, NOUSPR has been looking after a young woman with mental illness. A mother of 3 kids at just 19 years, her story came to light after she was picked from the street by Kanombe patrol police. Unable to utter a single word, and completely disoriented, the police called Sam Badege NOUSPR Director.
The police officer was of the view that because she was not violent “we can keep her with us preferably in the cells’’ affirmed the A.I.P Vianny of Kanombe police Station. The Director sent NOUSPR patient expert by the name of Mukeshimana Vestine who brought her to NOUSPR. Kadette, as her physical appearance could tell had spent several days wandering by the road side or sleeping on verandas of different houses. She looked dirty, hungry and had a dry cough. The young woman who appeared a teenage girl looked totally confused. She could not answer simple questions like ‘What is your name?’ Where are you coming from? ‘Who are your parents?’’.
NOUSPR team assigned the Patient Expert to dedicate her time to the young mute woman and try to get to the bottom of her troubles. Indeed, after a few minutes she reported back. I suspect her to be autistic, pregnant and suffering from cerebral malaria; she has a protruded stomach, fever, and pale white eyes as a result of lack of blood’’.
The PE’s observations prompted NOUSPR to arrange for an urgent medical examination at the nearby clinic. When done, it confirmed that Kadette was actually suffering from malaria, and had a sexually transmitted infection. It further revealed that besides ,or as a result of ,her mental health condition, she was a victim of countless incidents of rape. The doctor felt that she walked with her head down due to the guilt and shame as a result of being abused for a long time. “ The Doctor recommended, “Take care of her and build her confidence so that she feels protected then you will know what to do after that ’’

Vestine, the PE, Kadette and Shemus NOUSPR chairperson
Vestine who is our Patent Expert took Kadette to her home in Mageragere where she spent two weeks including Christmas days with her. With passion and love, Vestine started training her in self helps skills, encouraging her to talk, to pray and engage in sports. Vestine was gradually able to extract the following information make her talk, laugh and do some work.

Kadet’s true story as told by her mother
She was born in 1992; making her 23 years old at the time of her mental illness. It all started when she was in primary three. She started by forgetting her belongings at school, whenever her mother could scold or beat her, she could ran away from home and sleep outside, It only took few months before she disappear red for several months from home. She came back in 2009 when she was 17 years old. At that time, she was eight months pregnant. Soon after, she gave birth to a baby boy. Soon after the delivery, Kadet abandoned the baby with her mother and disappeared again. In a few months, she became pregnant again. Unfortunately, it was difficult to find out who the father was. At the time of being brought to NOUSPR Kadet had a total of three children –all whose biolgicla father was unknown. They have all been taken in by the SOS Orphanage.
Kadette is unable to point out who the fathers of her children are , but expressed fondness for them. She said ‘’Ndabakunda’’ a Kinyarwanda word meaning ‘’I love them’’ when she heard PEs discussing among themselves that she might not be aware that she is a mother of the three children.
KADETTE Chantal resides in Gahoromani, Gako Cell, Masaka sector; she is the daughter to the late Ndayihoranye and Mucyeshimana. She is the second born among two sisters and four brothers..
Kadette –the search for her home and Mother

In search of her home, Vestine and other PEs eventually discovered that Kadette’s mother lives in Gahoromani. The team went down to the village of Muyumbu where they found her mother with her siblings. They told them that Kadette was alive and doing well. At first the mother could not believe it. After a long conversation with her she was convinced and agreed to come to NOUSPR office to meet her long lost daughter. It was a really moving experience to witness the affection between mother and a child. They held each other in a tight hug for a long time as tears fast rolled down their cheeks. This emotional scene touched every one present and it was time for tears of joy to all!

Kadette is now settled at her mother’s home and as she is improving in her behaviors. When NOUSPR team last checked, she was now able to do the casual work like washing, laying the bed and some simple work given to her. Kadette has a habit of following her mother around wherever she is goes. The mother told us that there is a big change since she came. She used not to bath but she now does, she can also be involved in some activities at home. Her mother said “there is a big improvement with her daughter and gave many thanks to NOUSPR for their kindness, all the support and efforts. “ Thank you for the effort to find my daughter and for having brought about such a big change in my daughter’s life; May God bless you all for the work you are doing”.