Drug use and abuse are a major issue on a national level in Kenya. Data collected by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) shows how currently more than 18% of the population above 15 is currently using at least on drug or substance of abuse. In the meanwhile, according to the statements made by Kenian government representatives at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs held in Vienna this year, drug-related deaths and diseases are increasing. The spread of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis shows the need for immediate prevention, intervention and treatment. But also care, rehabilitation and social integration are fundamental for drug addicts. Therefore, an enhanced international cooperation and partnership in comabating the drug problem is necessary.
“Youth against drugs”
By acknowledging such situation, World Friends alongside other partners organized the “Youth against drugs” event in Kajiado. On December 5, a campaign against drugs took place at the Eran Premises in Ngong. 120 young men and street children from the Global Hope Rescue Center benefited from this campaign. The aim of all the partners is to ensure full rehabilitation to the Kajiado County youth who are currently addicted to drugs or substances of abuse.
Before the event, the Ngong youth participated to an awareness march while singing and dancing. Slogans such as “Say no to drugs” and “Jijue” (which literally means “know yourself”) drew people outside their houses to join the march. After the march, rehabilitating and recovering substance abusers could take part into mentorship and counseling activities and performances. This led the participants to share inspiring and emotional personal experiences. Such event fulfilled the important goal of uplifting drug addiction victims by not making them feel powerless.
The event was organized by World Friends, Edmund Rice, Cara Projects, Global Hope Rescue, SCAD, Evie, Grace Foundation, Milele Fresh milk, Domus radio, Ruben Radio,The Tuvibe Crew.