The Elijah Wachirah Rehabilitation Center
Naivasha, Kenya is an hour and a half away from Nairobi, the capitol of Kenya. People come to Naivasha to get away, with the multiple game parks and beautiful lake, Naivasha has attracted international attention.
It's picture perfect sceneries are hiding a secret that lays behind the tall trees and blooming flowers. Addiction. It's everywhere and it affects everyone. Unfortunately for the residents of Naivasha, the international attention brings a need for those visitors, bars and places to party. Once they leave, these businesses still have to thrive and therefore affect much of the youth of Naivasha.
With alcoholism being without a doubt the biggest contributor to substance abuse in this tiny town, many parents are worried about what might happen to their 20-something's if they don't change.
This is where our rehabilitation center comes in. There is not one center in the area and the closest one is in Nairobi, which just isn't feasible for someone on a low budget with limited resources, like a car for example.
Our center will not serve to make a profit, the only money we will ask of our clients is that to pay the counselors, their food, and maintain the property. We don't want this to be a business, we want this to be a place where people can get free from addiction and learn how to live a life away from substance abuse through Christ's redeeming love.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Who will be employed at the center?
Our goal will to make a center by Kenyans for Kenyans. So our counselors, watchman, and housekeeper will all be Kenyan.
2) What model of therapy will you follow?
We will follow the Therapeutic Community (TC) model of therapy.
A therapeutic community is an intensive, holistic treatment model that helps our center treat the entire individual. Evidence shows that using a TC model for substance abuse treatment greatly increases success rates.
Therapeutic communities have proven to be so successful because they approach substance abuse as a symptom of broader personal issues. Our TC model will be modified to meet the unique needs of each individual.
3) Will this center be free?
Our clients will pay a fee to come to our center but it will be significantly lower than other centers in Nairobi and around the world. This is because we truly do not want money to be an issue, the only money we will accept will be to maintain the clients need while they are with us. This will be their counselor, the food they will eat, and to maintain the expenses of the property.
4) How many counselors will you have?
Following the TC model of therapy, we will employ 1 counselor to every 10 clients. So this will depend how many clients we have.
5) Is addiction really something that people need help with? Couldn't they stop if they wanted to?
I encourage you to read the following articles to understand the strength of the grip that addiction has on a human being. The pictures on the last one are hard to look at but I encourage you to see the impact this lifestyle has had on these people.
6) How much will you need to build the center?
Right now we are in the beginning stages of building the center so as things come up, costs will as well. Currently we are raising the first $10,000. We would love if you would consider contributing in building this center with us!
If you have anymore questions, feel free to send us an email!