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  • Writer's pictureNeil Moore

Twelve steps

One of the challenges in Kibera, is that of drug addiction, especially among young men. This is a problem all too clear to the Kibera Saints football club which through football is aiming to address some of the social problems within the Kibera slum community.

In the past year, one of our UK volunteers, Calvin Smith has introduced and is supporting a twelve-step narcotics addiction programme that he has previously had experience of in the UK. In clear stages it provides a framework to help addicts break their addiction.

The programme is now up and running under the auspices of the football club. Especially in these times of pandemic lockdown, team officials are volunteering their time and energy to help individuals break their addictions. Early reports are encouraging with a number of young men already attending the programme. Mark Tizodi writes "Since we began some have gone days, weeks and others a whole month without taking drugs or involvement in other crimes. Others are slowly learning to tame them."

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