KENYA: Alcoholism a Threat to the Family, says Priest

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KENYA: Alcoholism a Threat to the Family, says Priest

A Catholic priest has described alcoholism as a major threat affecting the family institution, reports CISA.

“Many families are ruined today through a heavy drinking habit within the family circles,” said Rev Fr Baptiste Mapunda as he presided over a family Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nairobi on September 30.

The Catholic priest, who is the director of Farijika, Kiswahili word for healing, a non-governmental-organization within the Catholic Church, said his organization planned to put up a family centre to assist families battle issues pertaining to alcoholism and drug abuse.

“We plan to put up the centre, Farijika Family Rehabilitation Centre at Rumuruti, 230 kilometers North West of Nairobi,” said the Catholic priest, who founded the organization in Kenya in 2008.

He said the proposed Centre will cost Ksh One Million.

During the occasion, more than ten families presented themselves for the blessing.

Some of the families had come from Rumuruti in the wider diocese of Nyahururu.

He said every effort should be taken to safeguard the family, adding that it was from the family that both the Church and society evolved.

He hails from Tanzanian and belongs to the congregation of Missionaries of Africa, M.Afr, also known as White Fathers.

Farijika also operates in Tanzania and Burundi.

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