Community based Organisations response on Substance and Drug Abuse

By: Tinashe W. Muberekwa

A vibrant youth led organisation Friends For Children Development (FCD) hosted an Anti Substance and Drug dialogue in Bindura last week to stop the abuse of drugs in Bindura district and engaged the government through it’s different departments as well as some local organizations.

Speaking during a dialogue meeting that was took place in Bindura on 12 May, FCD representative Taurai Karambakuva indicated that the organisation has a real understanding of issues affecting children in the community.

“After having awareness campaigns in all schools, we established that the potentials of young people are being destroyed and it could not be a one man band to solve hence the need to have dialogues within the actors.”

Gender Talk Zimbabwe through it’s director Clayton Chirongolo weighed in saying “community based organisations need to engage the grassroots at large, conducting awareness campaigns, workshops and dialogues to bring about a positive change in youth and community at large.”

Bindura organisations are not leaving the stone unturned on the issue of drugs which has destroyed their participation in development of the country. Youth are drivers of a positive development from community level to national.

Smile Action International (SAI) Bindura coordinator Tariro Chikoto said, “inclusivity of youth with disabilities in drug awareness programing is also key in bringing education to the target, persons with disabilities are usually left out in programs and the issue of drugs and substance also affect them as they are part of community.”

National Dancers Association of Zimbabwe (NDAZ) added that “the development of Anti Drug Districts committee is key to stop the abuse of drugs by coming up with more sustainable solutions which are monitored, revealed and applicable to all age groups,” explained Farai Meki the organization president.

Meanwhile, NDAZ is planning to host youth led organisations and various artists in another more drug awareness campaign set for 20 to 22 May this year at Tendai Hall in Bindura, the program is also supported by Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Youth Council and local organisations including SAI.

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