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Amaudo

Other Amaudo programmes include:-

  • Community Psychiatric Service – now operating in 3 states
  • Human Rights Awareness Programme, including Mental Health Awareness -throughout Abia State
  • Project Comfort – a mobile service, working with children with disability (both mental and physical) in their own homes, and supporting their parents.
Income-generating projects –e.g. poultry farm, bakery.

Amaudo UK Web Site


Amaudo grew out of the concern of the local (Nigerian) church leaders for the growing number of destitute people with mental health problems observed to be wandering the streets and markets of towns in Abia State, S.E. Nigeria, suffering from verbal and physical abuse as well as malnutrition and neglect.

The Amaudo Centre was founded in 1990 to provide a therapeutic community where rehabilitation can take place. Residents (up to 64 at any one time) and workers live work, eat, and worship together The holistic approach to treatment involves counselling, medication, and workshops in life-skills and vocational training. Over 90% of the residents are able to be repatriated to their home areas, with support from the Community psychiatric nurses. It has become a pioneering model for the rehabilitation of people with mental health problems, and a centre of excellence in Nigeria.

Many Amaudo programmes and services have been developed over the years, as other needs were uncovered. One of these is the Amaudo Ntalakwu (Amaudo 2) Centre, set up in 1993 to provide a home for those residents of Amaudo 1 who were unable to be repatriated for various reasons. Those sufficiently recovered to live a more or less independent life live in small houses and work in a variety of ways, some in the Centre’s own income-generating projects. It became apparent that others had serious learning disabilities, and they are cared for in a Family house, and through a Special school and training workshops. This is the aspect of Amaudo that our church at Bromyard Road is most closely associated with, since one of our members, Gill Clutterbuck, was appointed as a Development worker to design, set up and establish this centre. Our Worcester – Amaudo Support Group was set up at this time. Over the years we have had regular and close contact with the Centre, through letters, visits of volunteers from U.K., and on several occasions visits from Ros Collwill, the founder of the Amaudo Centre. We fund-raise on a regular basis, aiming to contribute a fixed amount to their annual running costs; and from time to time have raised capital costs for specific new developments. Above all we pray regularly for this important venture.