ADASA PROJECT 2019/2020

 

Alcoholism, Drug and Substance Abuse – A permanent threat to the adolescents and youth of Uganda.

Location: Uganda

 

 

 

 

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We are collecting data to publish a book containing life stories from former drug addicts in Uganda. The aim is to have literature that the Uganda youth can relate to.

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LET YOUR STORY BE A CAMPAIGN TOOL AGAINST ALCOHOL, DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
"WE OWE THE NEXT GENERATION"

Project Focus

 

Uganda is losing a whole generation of adolescents and youths to alcoholism, drug and substance abuse, which has contributed to a high number of school dropout, increased strikes and burning of schools, unexplained disobedience, involvement in illegal and banned demonstrations, personal injury, permanent health problems, to mention but a few.

Daily Monitor a Ugandan newspaper, on the 29thMay 2018 reported that the majority of patients admitted to Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital are university and high school students suffering from alcohol and drug abuse, with more than 20 new mental patients daily which translates to 7,300 cases annually. The World Health Organization’s global status report on alcohol, 2004 stated that Uganda had one of the highest alcohol and substance abuse rates in the world. A study done by Uganda Youth Development Link on drug and substance abuse in schools of Kampala and Wakiso found that between 60-71% of students used illicit drugs with alcohol and cannabis taking the biggest percentages. Research reports on Alcoholism and drug abuse have recommended preventive measures such as sensitization exercises. It is upon such research findings and recommendations that Generation Bridge (GB) has carefully selected parenting education, secondary school quiz and creating income generating opportunities for school dropouts as key project activities in the campaign against alcoholism, drug, and substance abuse. 

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

The ADASA-Alcoholism, Drug and Substance Abuse, aims to prevent adolescents and youth from taking alcohol and abusing drugs, and to create income generating opportunities for school dropouts. With our planned activities, we are carrying out several sensitization exercises in secondary schools, to parents and partnering with farmers and recycling companies to occupy school dropouts as they earn a living. 

The project is planned to be implemented with all the three major project activities running concurrently. That is, parenting education programs, secondary school quiz and outreach, and securing income generating opportunities for school dropout. 

Project implementation period is two years, and the locations of the project implementations are mainly the 3308 secondary schools, parents in 127 Districts, and the unemployed youth (school dropout) living in slums. 

 

Project output

After the implementation of the planned activities, there will be reduced number of adolescents and youths on drug abuse and alcoholism, educated parents with the potential to identify behavioral changes and help the youth to prevent or/and stop them from taking alcohol and drugs, to have employed youths in slums, and a published book containing life stories of former drug addicts to which the youth relate to local examples of people whose destiny was destroyed by alcoholism, drug and substance abuse.

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

We cooperate with partners in Uganda, but also in the wider region with organizations which work in similar fields. In Uganda, we have cooperation with Develop Youth Network, Schools, Religious youth leaders, and community leaders. 

 

GENERAL GOAL

The main project goal is to have parents taught behavior management and relationship enhancement approaches as a preventive tool to hinder children, adolescents and youths from adopting bad behavior that could lead them into criminal and health compromising habits such as alcoholism and drug abuse, to use quizzes with the benefit of expanding the students’ knowledge of the health, safety, and criminal implications of alcoholism and drug abuse, and to engage youths living in slums in income generating activities to reduce idle time that could lead them to abusing drugs and alcoholism.

 

ACTIVITIES, TARGET GROUP, PROGRAMS AND KEY ACTORS

 
 
ACTIVITY
TARGET GROUP
PROGRAM
KEY ACTORS
 PARENTING EDUCATION & SENSITIZATION
 Parents/guardians
 Group meetings, Home visits, Mentoring Radio & TV programs
 Human development specialists, Community leaders, Counselors, Former drug and alcohol addicts, Doctors & Law enforcers 
 QUIZZES
Secondary Schools
 School quizzes competition Inter-school quizzes competition at district level. Final School quizzes competition at National Level.
 School Head teachers, Students leaders, Panel of judges& Media  
 INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES 
 School dropout youth living in slums
 Casual workers’ club for manual labor support.    
 Private & Public Organizations, NGOs, Families & Individuals  
 

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