People who abandon drug use can become best employees and business people in the community if they are given the opportunity and get formal trainings.
This was revealed by Jealous Chirowe, Chief Technical Advisor (Women Entrepreneurship Development) for International Labour Organisation (ILO) during a short ceremony to award certificates to 42 former drugs addicts yesterday in Temeke District, Dar es Salaam.
Chirowe said every one has the rights to work.
The clients had attended a two-week long training on entrepreneurship, jointly organised and supported by Médecins du Monde (MDM) International Network and the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The trainings were commissioned to equip drug users with new –techniques to strengthen their income generations and thus make an end of use of Drugs for rest of their entire lives.
According to Chirowe “work will always not come from organisations or the government but instead as an individual can create and recruit staffs for his/her self initiated business activity.”
He said ILO has committed it self to support various individuals, empower them to identify opportunities and start-up small business that will enable them generate income.
Gloria Kavishe, drug addicts mentor said it was high time for Tanzanians to join hand in support drug victims to fight their situation.
As Tanzanians, she said “we need not to treat drug users as a ‘disastrous’ for the community but instead take care of them.”
“These people are very smart, although they can be seen as crazy; we need to support them they belong to a special group that needs special attention,” she urged.
The advisor said it is a bit challenging to mentor drug users since it reaches a time they all sleep, but as time goes on they all wake up and become active participants in class.
Keko resident Sikujua Issa (56) speaking after being awarded a certificate said for over 30 years she used to take marijuana and 20 heroin pellets a day.
She has called on the government to prohibit drug business in the country for the betterment of its people.
“There is no way a business can reject money; druger dealers are after money so they don’t care if the drugs destroy you,” she lamented.
Siwatu Mohamedi a resident at Tandika has advised all those who are drug dealers to immediately stop, on the other hand asking those who were planning to get into the business should also forget. She revealed that it takes time for the affected to recover.
However, Juma Abdullah who formally used to take 12 pellets costing him 12,000/- a day, thanks God and MDM for saving him from that doom, saying he used to take between one and two pellets a day
On his part, the MDM Programme Coordinator for Tanzania Ancella Voets appreciated drugs addicts who accepted and committed themselves to get the training to enable them stay away of drug use.
She said currently her organisation was working closely with drug users in Dar es Salaam Temeke district by empowering drug addicts with business skills alternatively to enable them create their own businesses that could help them generate income.