Uhuru Vows to Fight Drug Abuse

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The President noted that any delay in tackling the issue will destroy a whole generation of young people.

He spoke when he met the Executive Director of Global Teen Challenge Dr. Jerry Nance and his team at State House Nairobi.

The Head of State appreciated the centre’s local programmes aimed at rehabilitating the youth affected by drugs and alcohol saying their initiative is a worthy course for humanity.

President Kenyatta affirmed Government’s commitment to empowering youth to engage in productive activities.


“We must modernise yes, but we must also build strong families. Drug issue is part of the modern lifestyles problem caused by people getting ingrained on personal issues. This is a programme worthy our investment,” said the President.

Dr. Jerry Nance said Global Teen Challenge began in America in 1958 to address the needs of young men trapped by drugs, and currently it has centres in 106 nations with over 1000 programmes.

The organisation opened its local chapter in Kenya in 2007 and reaches out to young people afflicted by drug and alcohol abuse.

Dr. Nance said they are working modalities to expand capacity of the Kenyan facility to accommodate more people.

He appreciated the Government’s efforts in offering hope to those affected by drug and alcohol abuse saying his organization is keen to collaborate with other institutions to help alleviate the problem.

“We give them hope to take responsibility of their lives, it doesn’t matter their past but their future can be better. We believe God’s love can make all the difference” Dr. Nance said concerning drug victims.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Ann Waiguru said the organisation intends to build the first centre for rehabilitating women affected by drugs and alcohol.

She expressed the need to replicate programmes offered by the centre to other institutions involved in rehabilitation services.

Executive Director Teens Challenge Kenya chapter, Mr. John Dennis Martin, and Anne Marie Martin, appreciated the support Kenya Government has been extending to their organization saying, they want to expand their programmes to carter for other groups including women.

“Most women are not able to access rehabilitation services because of family responsibilities,” said Ann Marie.

Reverend Harris Maina Gichuhi of KAG New Beginnings Church where the Teens Challenge will be holding their annual conference was also present during the meeting.

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