- The changing tide in the lives of the men who were once suspected to be behind the insecurity in Kigumo began three years ago when they resorted to practising agriculture.
A group of men from Githima village of Kigumo Constituency who were once known as alcohol and drug addicts have reformed and are now excelling at farming.
Once upon a time in the village in Murang’a County, life was unbearable for a community whose youth was lost in alcohol and drug addiction. So bad was the situation that the residents had imposed a curfew for their safety after cases of insecurity were on the rise.
But this has changed after the once lost generation, mended its ways and turned to farming.
The changing tide in the lives of the men who were once suspected to be behind the insecurity in Kigumo began three years ago when they resorted to practising agriculture.
The men proceeded to register a group that is now known as Witeithie/Gathima-ini Youth Group.
“Vile tulishikana kuna wengi wetu walikuwa wanmeingilia maneno ya pombe. Lakini sasa maisha yetu imebadilika na tumesimamisha manyumba zetu. Watoto wetu wako sawa na hawa wake zetu wamerudi sasa,” says James Maina, a member of the youth group.
Simon Kimani, the vice-chairperson of the group, says alcohol and drug abuse had affected their relationship with their loved ones. But now, there is hope at the end of the tunnel as the group is thriving in organic farming.
They grow crops on a two-acre piece of land donated by one of their parents. They also received a 5,000 litre water tank and pipes to help in irrigations from former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau.
The group is made up of 15 men and a couple of ladies who were curious about turning around their miserable life.