By Abel Mutua
1st December, 2018
Over 50 youth recovering alcoholics have decided to venture into small scale production of charcoal briquettes in kitui County in bid to kick the habit.
The former addicts turned a new leaf after security agents in the county declared war against alcoholism, leaving them with nothing to indulge in before they were rescued by the county ministry of environment.
Most of them lived by the bottle for years and could now acknowledge the efforts the county government officers had made to drag them from the dens and restore hope into their lives through provision of counseling and a home based rehabilitation programme.
One of the victims, Esther kachisi, narrated to journalists on the transformation of her life and the joy of getting back on her feet with the dreams that were once shattered restored and ready to conquer the world.
Through the assistance of the county government, the recovering addicts joined hands and formed 10 groups with an aim to change and encourage some of their friends who were still indulging in alcoholism.
The briquette making has changed our lives in a big way by keeping us engaged, leaving us with little time to idle around and helping us avoid the temptation to indulge in alcoholism,” said Ibrahim Hassan.
He called upon his fellow youth who were still indulging in alcoholism to stop and find work to earn a decent living.
On his part, Kitui county value chain advisor who is also their patron, Dr Temi Mutia,said his main objective was to fight alcoholism and idleness through the formation of groups to engage in income generating activities.
He is said that he was delighted with the projects that the recovering addicts had embarked on, saying his dreams of seeing them sober and empowered had come to reality.
After the training we are going to acquire the briquette making machines for these youths so as to empower them financially as well as curbing charcoal burning.