Efforts to deter Old town youth from drugs and crime received a major boost after the International Organisation for Migration-IOM handed over new boat to Old town youth.
The fishing boat will enable youth who were once swallowed by drug addiction and crime venture into fishing activities.
They will indulge in small businesses and make a living.
However anti drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust cautioned the beneficiaries against misusing such donations.
RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said some of the programs launched before drastically failed while some youth groups sold them off to unknown people.
Speaking during the handover ceremony in Old town, Mombasa, Taib appealed to the youth to wisely use the fishing boat so as to uplift their living standards.
[RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman with Mombasa Deputy County Commissioner Mahmoud Salim during the handover of fishing boat to Old town youth. Photo/Tom Fondo.]
“Some of the sponsored projects crumbled, we want the beneficiaries to take great care of these projects so that they earn from them,” noted Mr. Taib
He also appealed to the local administration, community leaders and local political leaders to closely monitor the developments and guide the beneficiaries to the right path.
Drugs and crime
“If you sell off such projects and share the money amongst yourselves, not only will you languish in poverty but you will also embarrass,” added Taib.
He revealed that drug addiction and crime remains major challenges among the youth and should be addressed through such efforts.
He however appealed to parents to seek assistance from addiction counselors so that their children can be helped out of the menace.
Old town Ward representative Murfad Amour Abdallah called on the youth to deter themselves from drugs and crime.
He said Old town reputation has dwindled following series of crime related activities.