Substance abuse is widespread and cuts across all social groups of the youth. The breakdown of the indigenous society and the introduction of foreign influences have made a variety of substances available on a large scale.
Ultimately, substance use by the youth implies a breakdown of family values earlier evident in the indigenous society, and as a result, several parents have lost control over their children. Freed from parental control, some of these children have succumbed to substance abuse.
Even though evidence shows that a number of non-students engage in substance abuse, the majority of students who abuse drugs are in secondary schools and universities. Most come mainly from middle class families and entertain the falsehood that substance use enables a student to study for long hours.
The frequency, as well as the type of substance, varies from county to county. Nairobi county comes in second in substance abuse according to a national baseline survey on substance abuse among the youth aged between 10 and 24 years commissioned by NACADA.
Over and above the five most commonly abused substances, the youth abuse are psychotropic as well as narcotic drugs such as Amphetamines, Harbiturates, Cocaine, Codaine, Ecstacy, Heroin, LSD, Mandrax, Pethidine, Rohypnol and Valium. Psychotropic drugs are introduced to 37per cent of the youth aged between 10 and 14 years and nearly 75 per cent of the youth aged below 19 years.
The survey reveals that while substance abuse by the youth ranges mostly from the increasing use of illegal and “hard” drugs to legal and “soft” substances, the youth mostly abuse four substances: Alcohol, tobacco, bhang and inhalants.
On the whole, it reveals, substance use usually begins at a very young age. For instance, with students it starts when they are in primary school, secondary school or university.
Moreover, those who use miraa are not aware of its harmful effects because the government has more or less legalized its use.
The problem of abuse is associated wit the introduction of foreign ways of life that have been undermining cultures of the indigenous society which restricted the use of some substances such as alcohol to senior age groups and to special occasions. But times have changed and alcohol consumption is not restricted to senior age groups or special occasions. It is readily available to adults and to the youth aged between 10 and 24 years, though the law prohibits its sale and use by those under the legal age of consent.
The objectives of this project at the end of a one-day activity are:
- Spread information on the dangers of drug abuse.
- Encourage team work through sports amongst the youth.
- Empower the youths’ talents, inspire them to discover their potentials and abilities and use it to develop themselves, the community and the country at large.
- Create exposure to upcoming artists who serve as mentors to the youth who may want to pursue the same career.
- Offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to market their businesses and products and also offer advice and mentorship to interested youth.
- Spread awareness on Sickle Cell Anemia disease in Kenya, how to live with it and offer anybody who is affected a chance to join and benefit from the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.
The project duration is a one day activity that will include various activities generated to achieve the specified objectives.
These activities are:
- Football tournaments
There will be three matches between different teams including a girls’ team.
- Environment cleanings
This will be done at the Githurai market area.
- Music concerts
This will include local artists that will be scouted both from the gospel and secular circles. These will be for entertainment and an opportunity for some upcoming artists to be recognized.
Follow-ups will be carried out bi-monthly to encourage sustainability of the project.
The event shall be publicized in the following ways:
- Print media through the Achievers magazine and flyers
- Radio stations
- The Social media through facebook and twitter
PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION
We will use available tools to be able to monitor and evaluate the following:
- Talent development
- Entrepreneur initiatives among the youth
- Levels of education
- Environment Conservation
- List of participants, photos
- Narrative reports
DOCUMENTATION AND SHARING RESULTS
We will have consultative meetings with stakeholders. This will be done bi-monthly where progressive reports will be shared.
We will also post our purpose, plan of action, methods and achievements on the city council notice board through the office of the chief.
Ernest Kamau – Chairman
Faith Wanjiku – Secretary Job Wanjohi – Treasurer