29 March 2016

Liberia: Wat Foundation Gives to Former Drug Addicts

There are mounting calls for government to establish rehabilitation program for youth in the streets taking harmful drugs.

The head of WAT Foundation,Mrs. Watta Holmes, warned that if nothing is quickly done to take the drug addicts from the streets and reintegrate them into society, they would pose serious danger to the country.

"If government does not do something now about these children, this country will be a very bad place for all of us. You cannot even walk freely with something in your hands in red-light, water-side and other areas, they will take you things from you," Mrs. Holmes asserted.

Mrs. Holmes wants government and non-governmental organizations support the WAT Foundation in its drive to get youth involved in taking narcotic drugs from the streets.

Mrs. Holmes said her foundation is currently hosting about fifty young men and women who have been taking in these harmful substances in the Cotton Tree Community in Margibi County.

She noted that her organization would like to get good number of them from the streets, but cannot do so due to the lack of support.

"If government cannot establish a program for these children let it support and empower WAT Foundation to do the job," the WAT Foundation Executive Director pointed out.

Mrs. Holmes spoke at the weekend when she delivered food and non-food items to the center. She disclosed the items, which included can-chicken, beans, clothes, mattresses, among others, were given to her by some humanitarians in the United States.

They want the organization go for their friends in the street, but it is not possible due to the lack of adequate support. They promised never to go back to their old habit.

Meanwhile, some of the girls among them are pregnant.


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