Sometimes all we need is a word of encouragement, or someone to help us when we’re down. Patrick Hinga had reached the bottom of the pit: he was living on the streets and was addicted to drugs. He did not have much hope in his future, until fate took a huge turnaround. A woman passed by the man, and remembered his face: he was her childhood friend!
His former classmate, Wanja Mwaura, was very sad to see what had happened to her friend, and was determined to help him. Then, the woman began the great transformation of Patrick, and changed his life completely!
Patrick had been addicted to drugs for several years, and this caused him several problems on a personal level. When he was young, he was expelled from school for smoking cigarettes and marijuana. From there, everything started to get worse. His mother interned him in a psychiatric hospital to cure his addiction, but this method was not successful.
The young man became well known in the hospital, because he often fled and was re-admitted several times. “He complained a lot, and said that all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient. He was not mentally ill, so he kept running,” says Patrick’s mother, Nancy. “But when he was out of the hospital, he would walk through the neighborhood completely naked, or rummage through the trash.”
While in the psychiatric hospital, Patrick’s habit became even worse, and he discovered a drug called Attain. “It’s not supposed to be used every day, but since he had access, he got hooked,” Nancy said. “It was just a few cents a pill. He even stole prescription papers and bought the chemicals.”
As Patrick showed no signs of recovery, he fled and began to walk the streets of Nairobi, disheveled and out of control. The man used drugs wherever he could and when he could. His mother still tried to help him by bringing food to him. “We were always a spectacle. People called each other to come and look, laugh and point at us while we ate. I was known as Mama wa wazimu (the madman’s mother).”
One day, in the streets, in the corner he had claimed, Patrick met an old friend, Wanja. She began to talk to Patrick, who expressed his desire to leave the streets and start a new life.
Wanja wasted no time and admitted him quickly to a rehabilitation center. She sought support and donations for Patrick’s treatment through social media. She also gave Patrick something to focus on after her recovery, helping him start his own business, a store called ‘Hinga’s Store’.
Patrick’s transformation after detoxifying drugs at the rehab center and cleaning himself up is incredible. He doesn’t even look the same, and he’s eternally grateful for the second chance that Wanja gave him in life.
“I feel like I’m a new man,” he told the Daily Nation. “I pray daily, asking God to guide me so that I will not be pulled back into the drug life.”
After this story was shared on social media, the world was moved… not only by the courage of Patrick, who became a new man, but also by the friendship and kindness of Wanja.
Patrick’s story proves that with a little help from good people, it’s never too late to transform our lives.
Patrick was completely lost, homeless and addicted… but this woman made him overcome everything. Share if you think the friendship of these two is truly admirable!
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