Hi. My name is Paul. I am from South Africa and I was a drug addict for 14 yrs of my life. I was addicted to coke, heroin & crack. I am now clean for almost 4 yrs & have since given my life to helping young people overcome addiction & to help them be more aware of the choices they make.
My addiction took me on a long hard dark journey of crime & gangsterism. I was a straight A student at school but just made horrible choices thereafter. I am a christian. I have now dedicated the rest of my life to serving others in my country & would really like to learn from you guys how to better what i have alredy started. I started an organization called YOUTH ARISE S.A.(YASA). The main focus now being substance abuse awareness & education in schools & communities, with the long term vision being a fully fledged youth development programme throughout Africa. I have developed a six-week in-school programme.
I also do interventions with families who have loved ones on drugs. I work with a network of treatment facilities in which i have the affected individuals placed.
I live on a farm in Johannesburg where we run a post rehab programme. Our main focus is recovery & later reintergration. Its a long-term programme.
Please could you guys share with me on how i can develop my organisation further for a bigger impact on our society.
Drugs robbed me of a lot of my true potential & i really dont want it to happen to the youth of my country & the rest of the world.
Take care & GOD bless!!!!
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