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People Against Substance Abuse

People Against Substance Abuse

Our Vision:
• Honour God by advancing His Kingdom by equipping young people and parents to live lives of purpose and by
making disciples.
• To see all schools drug free.
• To see people set free by the power of the Word of God.
• To see lives transformed and lived to the full to glorify God and honour God.
• To see families reconciled and restored.
• To see fathers taking up their place in the family and be a good example and role model for his children.
• To see young people reaching and living their full potential.
• To see young people going into their communities and the world to make disciples.

Our Mission:
• We will achieve our vision by living out our values so that the world can see and experience the Love of God
through us.
• Provide valuable up to date information, resources and workshops to equip and educate young people and
parents about the dangers and effects of substance abuse.

Our Core Values
Lordship (Because we value Obedience)
Family (We value Lasting Relationships
Evangelism (We value the Lost)
Discipleship (We value Spiritual Growth)
Leadership (We value Developing/Raising Leaders)

Our Aim:
Our passion is focused on impacting the lives of our youth through investing in on-going life skills projects through multimedia packages to provide guidance whereby generating lives of purpose and destiny due to moral generation.
In 2006 I was struck by the destruction caused in the lives of our youth due to alcohol and drug abuse. My heart cried out to do something and to make a difference. I started visiting schools in and around the Garden Route and shared my life story of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, gangsterism and violence and the response from schools were incredible. In 2008 my youngest brother Wayne also joined me after a ten year addiction to various drugs and alcohol.

In 2010 we invested in a multi media package called “BOUND” and received training to facilitate the life skills programme in schools. The package consists of a short film of about 16 minutes, manuals and various other DVD’s that we used to impact young people’s lives. This program is endorsed by the National Qualifications Authority and endorsed by the Provincial Drug Forum.
The manual is written out of the four main scenes of the movie and extensive research has been done on all aspects of teenage smoking, drinking, risky sexual activity and drug abuse. The result is a comprehensive, informative, exciting multimedia package written in such a way that a teenager can identify with the material and get involved in the program. Our children do not have the skills to deal with a changing society, family relationships are broken or non-existent and our young generation are spiritually malnourished or bankrupt. South African schools face serious challenges, including violent crime, drug addiction, and low educator morale, parental non – involvement and a general drop in standards.

There is a desperate need for change in attitudes of our youth and I believe with whole my whole heart that the “Living Lives of Purpose” Project has the potential to reach the youth and make a difference in their lives. The whole program is different in that it specifically communicates with the teenager and issues are dealt with through tasks and monitoring feedback. Our project invests in awareness and prevention. Research and my years of experience as a drug addict has found that grade 8 (13 years old) children to be the most vulnerable to peer pressure. This is a crucial age of physical, emotional and spiritual development. Alcohol and drugs are manufactured to turn our kids into addicts, to damage their vital organs, especially the brain and to steal them and their future out of the picture. We want grade 8’s to become focused and to impart vital life skills for them to be smart, to take a stand and to be prepared to deal with peer pressure and negative forces within society and themselves.
This young group need to be equipped with the necessary skills to prevent repairing them in the latter years of high school. Rehabilitation is expensive, approximately R50 000 for a few weeks and the statistics in relapsing is very disturbing.

At our Organisation we believe that prevention is better than cure as most people who get caught in the destructing cycle of substance abuse just can’t afford rehabilitation as they have already lost most of their possessions and many times their families have written them off and want nothing to do with them, so they just keep on abusing drugs and eventually lives are lost and families are shattered. It is therefore much better to invest in their lives at a young age than to spend your life savings trying to save their lives.

We aim to impact the lives of young people that go through our life skills training program by helping to change their way of thinking towards their future, and to show them that with the right attitude they can have a productive life and impact the lives of their peers through leading by example. We don’t just want to change their way of thinking but we also want to help them develop their natural leadership skills through ongoing follow up meetings and relationship building and discipleship.