There is a saying in Kiswahili that goes, “Siku za mwizi ni arobaini,” meaning, “the days of a thief are forty” or “a thief is bound to be caught.”
This saying got Peter Kamau out of the streets and into FIKISHA’s Rehabilitation program.
When he was younger, Peter got into many fights at school and eventually dropped out, searching for refuge in the streets. At age ten he had run away from home and joined a street gang. Quickly, Peter became addicted to drugs and resorted to petty crime for survival.
Peter faced many challenges in the streets, but police brutality stood out. On various occasions, Peter would be arrested for suspicion of something and get beaten up before being released or sent away to juvenile homes.
The turning point in Peter’s life started after witnessing the death of a friend from mob justice. The friend had been caught stealing and the public delivered out the punishment of death. Frightened of what might happen to him, Peter began his journey to rehabilitation.
To be brave, you must first be afraid. Peter was so scared of dying that he knew he had to make a change in his life. With his bravery and will to change, Peter was able to overcome his addiction and is now well on his way to a full recovery with FIKISHA.
Peter still chases his dreams, despite the many challenges he continues to face.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1st John 1:9.