Our story

About Us

Maandeeq is a service delivery agency and training institution that specializes in psychological rehabilitation through counseling and psychiatric management of patients suffering from mental illness.  

Our training institution offers education and training for individual and organizational mental health providers and educators, mental health service users, community members, governmental officials and employees. We aim to improve the quality of care in mental health and related services and to promote the rights of people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities. 

Through capacity building, service assessment, civil society engagement and policy reform, Maandeeq Mental Health & Training Institute offers a comprehensive approach to promoting awareness and social resilience in mental health, in order to leave a lasting legacy of respect for human rights.

Our team

Meet the Maandeeq Core Team

Rowda .A. Olad

Executive director

Rowda A. Olad, holds an MA in Clinal Mental Health from Ohio University, and she is a mental health and peacebuilding practitioner. She has pioneered the use of psychotherapy and psycho-educational approaches in Somalia, where often psychiatric intervention had been the only option available for a range of disorders on the spectrum. Mrs Olad has also developed and implemented mental health programs and provided services in East Africa Countries



Dr. Cherie Bridges Patrick is a psychotherapist, leadership coach, consultant, and founder of Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training & Empowerment LLC. Dr. Patrick is the International Program Director of Maandeeq Mental Health Centre & Training Institute. Maandeeq endeavors to address the hidden wounds of trauma and its impact on state building and political reconciliation processes