Healing in Wandago

Groups continue to meet

The visit in March of this year was first opportunity to teach the Twelve Step program of recovery in Wandago, at the church founded by Pastor Zakaliya Wakhata in 2018.

At the end of the teaching people were invited to form Recovery groups in order to fellowship and share recovery as they followed the program.

Recoverers in Wandago
Recovery group in Wandago with stills in background

Pastor Stephen and his wife Rebecca travelled the long distance from Mayenze this weekend, and report that four groups continue to meet now in mid-July.

Teaching rabbit rearing and bee keeping

An important aspect of recovery is to develop group projects as a means of income and to develop skills.

As part of the teaching this weekend Stephen and Rebecca shared knowledge and discussed the possibilities of these possible projects, which seemed particularly suitable for Wandago, where there is no agricultural land for planting crops or rearing animals.

All the income and activity of the community is centred on the brewing and distilling of alcohol, which is sold widely: not only locally, but also in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Zaire, Tanzania and Rwanda.

It is felt that rabbit rearing may be successful, but bee keeping was not considered a good enterprise. This had been previously discussed; sadly, it was felt that the hives, or the honey, or both might be stolen. Keeping them on the rooves of the houses was not seen as a solution.

It must be very difficult to achieve sobriety with such ease of access and constant temptation.

May the community find alternative means of income to replace alcohol.

Bees a’buzzin’ in Kenya

Pastor Johnstone in Tongaren, Kenya has been very busy during the time of lockdown, which has prevailed worldwide as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.


His group in Machakha now has eight beehives, all of which have been successfully colonised by bees.

Beehives in Kenya
Beehives in Machakha, Kenya

It is hoped that other recovery groups will gain from the experience and construct hives of their own, making use of the knowledge to gain a rich food source and means of income.



The rabbit project is now also succeeding.

Rabbit hutches in Kenya
Kenyan rabbit hutches


Initially the rabbits being reared were attacked by some animal which killed them without devouring them, but now secure hutches have been constructed and the project is a success.

Rabbits in Kenya
Malchakha bunny

Once the restrictions are lifted it is hoped that other groups will see what is possible, so as to be able to answer the question commonly posed by sufferers who are still drinking: “If we don’t drink, what are we going to do?”

To have vision and purpose is essential in recovery.