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Read on for updates, insights and stories from our work - the challenges we're grappling with, hard won lessons we've learned, and achievements we feel proud of

Our values in a time of crisis

Published on Jun 01, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all our lives in many ways. We've reflected on how we want to respond to this crisis and defined the five values that underpin our approach.


The Secret to Virtual Working

Published on Jun 01, 2020

Digital technology has always been central to the SHM Foundation, particularly to the Ember Projects' way of working. Now, amidst the coronavirus crisis, the whole world is learning how to work online, so we thought we'd share what works for us.


From Ecuador to Ethiopia: Introducing Ember's 2020 partners.

Published on Jun 01, 2020

Featuring grassroots innovators from Ecuador to Ethiopia, we're excited to introduce the twelve projects partnering with Ember in 2020.


Messages from the Mentors: How to prevent social isolation while being socially distanced

Published on Apr 17, 2020

Khuluma's adolescent mentors have worked with the foundation team to create a COVID-19 awareness campaign designed for young people in southern Africa.


Project Khuluma: A journey of discovery for the mentors

Published on Sep 12, 2019

“It was a nice experience going to camp for the very first time. It gave me a chance to express myself and I was able to identify some of my strengths and weaknesses on the camp. The most memorable activity was the water canoeing race. Yes, I was afraid of drowning but I managed to get on the canoe and face my fear. I enjoyed helping others, and for them being able to see that other people can believe in me. There is always a shoulder to cry on when together. Being away from home was pretty nice. If another mentor was considering going on camp, I would tell them to go out and discover the true person in you and to have fun!”


Spaces of Care

Published on Sep 06, 2019

These ideas formed a proposal we called ‘Spaces of Care’. Adolescents living with HIV in urban South Africa rely on a multitude of people, spaces, environments, objects for their care and wellness. Taking a systems and design thinking approach, thinking beyond conventional medical conceptions of healthcare, we are framing all these relationships and interactions as spaces and systems of care.


Innovators, we want you!

Published on Aug 23, 2019

Let's work together to ensure that these past 25 years of innovation in global mental health lead to long-term, real-world change that transforms our communities for the better.


Ember Stories Volume 2

Published on Aug 22, 2019

Ember believes mental health interventions that grow out of communities are uniquely equipped to overcome issues of stigma and engage people in meaningful, culturally- sensitive ways. That’s why Ember’s focus is on supporting and strengthening grassroots innovation in global mental health.


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