Uhai Centre was initiated and started volunteering of services in the year 2011 and has been offering voluntary rehabilitative and counseling services to all Kenyans regardless of their ethnic, religious, age, socio-economic background.
We have partnered with the government, Civil Society Organizations, Churches, Parents, Teachers and like minded stakeholders in ensuring sobriety and productivity. This initiative began by visiting public primary schools, church youth groups and occasional rites of passage (initiation) events and has since formed a strong synergy or collaboration to address the Alcohol Drugs and Substance Abuse (ADSA) issue harmoniously.
Uhai is an acronym of United by Health and Agriculture Improvement. UHAI also means life in Swahili, a language commonly used in East and parts of Central Africa.
The initiative was founded by Edwin Gitau Kibe. Edwin is a recovering alcoholic whose life has changed tremendously; upon recovery in 2011 and realizing that many were affected, he underwent rigorous training under NACADA in collaboration with NAADAC.
He eventually graduated as a Certified Addiction Professional in 2014. After recovery, he went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi.
This equipped him with skills, that have helped him run a successful project “Preventive Communication and Motivational Mentorship” in tackling the menace of alcohol and substance abuse in the community. Today, Edwin shares his testimony of successfully surviving addiction.
His story has touched and transformed many lives among, alcoholics, youths, school going children using Preventive Communication and Motivational Mentorship model, a programme that he runs successfully in Kiambu County education institutions, church and corporate sector with the support of well wishers.
Research has revealed that drug use, including alcohol and cigarettes is beginning early in life. Children are experimenting with the vices as young as 10 years old, and many middle scholars have already had their first taste of alcohol and or drugs before leaving school. This has largely been contributed by knowledge gaps on effects of these vices, Uhai Centre intends to fill this gap!
Edwin and his team, through Uhai Centre conduct mentorship and motivational programmes to schools children and youth groups in churches. To further the war on ADSA he has authored and published a resource information book “Surviving an Addiction” available in bookstores countrywide.