Woman Transformed The Life Of Her Childhood Friend Who She Found On Streets Addicted To Drugs

All everyone needs is a little help.

Many people get addicted to drugs. That is the truth of our society. However, when they do we blame them rather than trying to help them. And that just sends them into a downward spiral which is hard to climb out of.

That is what Patrick Hinga was going through. He was completely lost, homeless and addicted to drugs. That is until he met his old classmate Wanja Mwaura, who helped him to get his life back on track.

Patrick’s problems with drugs started when he was in school. It began with expulsion from school for smoking cigarettes and marijuana. Then he was admitted to a mental hospital which didn’t go so well either.

He complained a lot and said all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient and yet he was not mentally ill and that is why he kept running away.

But when he was out of the hospital, he would walk around the neighborhood completely naked, or he would rummage through garbage.

-Patrick’s mother, Nancy

He also discovered a drug called Attain at the hospital.

It isn’t supposed to be used daily, but because it got him high, he got addicted. It was only Sh2 (a few cents) per tablet. He even stole prescription papers and got them from chemists.


He soon ran once again when he wasn’t getting any better.

His mother tried to help him, but it wasn’t any use.

We were always a spectacle; people would call each other to come and stare, laugh and point at us as we ate. I was known as Mama wa wazimu.


One day on the streets, he met his old classmate Wanja.

Patrick expressed to her that he wanted to get better.

So Wanja checked him into a rehab center.

She found donations for Patrick’s treatment with the help of social media.

And his transformation has been incredible.

“I feel like I am a new man.”

“I pray daily, asking God to deliver me so that I am not pulled back to that life of drugs.”

Kenyans have been moved by the touching story.

His story proves that it is never too late to turn your life around.

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