Our passion is focussed on prevention programmes in schools where we are accommodated by the principal and talk to learners of all grades but our focus is on teaching life skills to grade 6 and 7 learners over a longer period of time as the school makes room for the program to be implemented. We have over the years build strong relationships with with the principals of primary and secondary schools and have extended our area of implementation and we currently provide our services in schools in the following areas on an ongoing basis:
- Mossel Bay
- Mitchell’s Plain
Every year our organisation reach at least 32000 young people in various schools with a message of hope. We also travel exstensively to render services in schools across the country on a invitation basis.
Every year at least 1800 grade 7 learners go through our life skills program.
People Against Substance Abuse also run a course for parents called “The Facts About Drugs and Addiction” and it is facilitated by Freddy Trout. Most parents don’t know what to do or how to react when they are faced with the reality of their kids abusing or being addicted to drugs. They do not have the skills to identify the problem at an early stage or where to get help or how to handle the situation and most times they cause more damage by the way they react. That is why this course was written, to equip them with the necessary skills to identify the problem early and get the best kind of help at the right time. Course material are fact based an very well researched and are updated on a regular basis ensuring parents get the latest up to date information.
People Against Substance Abuse also have an consultation office at the Family Transformation Centre every Friday where the public and especially parents can make an appointment to see Freddy. The organisation makes use of a whatsapp line to make appointments. Many parents come to this office on a weekly basis seeking help for either their children or family members. To date, the organisation have referred well over 350 people from George alone to rehab centres for help, this is since 2012. Out of this 350 people, over 300 people have already completed their programme. We also provide ongoing support and guidance to help the individual on their journey to recovery and they go through various courses and counseling to help build strong foundations to prevent them from relapsing ad to help rebuild their lives. We have also been able to take 14 people who were addicted to heroin for between 2-25 years off the streets of George through a project called “Change for Hope”. This project did fundraising to be able to pay the rehab fees for these individuals and 12 out of the 14 have started meaningful lives, some are working and others have their own businesses and some are working in rehab centers across the country to help other overcome addiction.
People Against Substance Abuse also print and distribute 2500 booklets on a monthly basis with up to date information on different kind of drugs in schools, hospitals, police stations, doctor’s rooms, businesses and clinics around George, Mosselbay and Knysna. The printing and distribution of these booklets are made possible by local businesses that have partnered with the organisation and contribute financially on a monthly basis. These booklets have become very popular in our community.
People Against Substance Abuse also print and distribute at least 6000 A2 size full colour posters per year in schools, hospitals, police stations, doctor’s rooms, businesses and clinics in and around George. These have also become very popular among teachers as a teaching aid in classrooms and the police also use them in the prevention projects at schools.
Check out our Promotional Video here: https://youtu.be/BY4IC64alkk