61 Graduate From Rehabilitation Exercise


Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi, has commended 61 youth who graduated from alcohol and drug rehabilitation exercise at Ark and Mark Trust.

Mr Kgathi said these youth had taken a decision many would not take. The youth who came from Mmadinare, Molalatau and Motlhabaneng graduated on May 15, following a two-week rehabilitation exercise at the wilderness.

Mr Kgathi said the initiative taken by the trust was relevant because the society was grappling with alcohol and drug abuse which has led to disintegration of families and the collapse of some marriages.

He urged the graduates to help convert those who are still using drugs and alcohol, adding that their commitment has “conquered the sober atmosphere that cannot be achieved by many.”

Mr Kgathi blamed alcohol and substance abuse by children on some parents, particularly those who sold toxic substance to children, adding that such acts had ruined the lives of many children. The minister also urged the graduates to stand up and shame those who hooked them into such bad activities.

He commended the methodology embraced by Ark and Mark to rehabilitate alcohol and drug addicts called Ark Aentures Recovery Programme to use the environmental aantage for team building as a winning formula.

Mr Kgathi, who is also MP for Bobonong, said youth were faced with many challenges such as lack of employment resulting in hopelessness and said interventions like these would help instill hope.

He appealed to the parents to be role models and also called for post training intervention for graduates by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture so that such youth do not turn to drugs and alcohol again.

Ark and Mark director, Ms Masego Katisi described the trust as a charitable organisation which specialises in psychotherapy for children and youth.

She said they offered grief therapy, sexually abused, behaviour modifications for delinquents’ and psycho- therapy for people struggling with alcohol and substance abuse through their Ark Aentures recovery programme.

The programme, she noted consists of a team of recognizable and experienced people in the areas of education, social work, wellness specialists, outdoor specialists and psychotherapists professional guides. She encouraged parents to work with the trust to help youth become responsible members of the society.

Ms Katisi said their programmes are culture sensitive and use Setswana ways of strengthening people and that the trust was proud that 61 youth had made a commitment to quit alcohol.

One of the graduates, Mr Pulaeng Letang of Mmadinare said he started drinking in 1996 had many brushes with the law which brought misunderstanding between him and family members due to his excessive drinking.

He said the programme has transformed him and was looking forward to become a good citizen through the use of a Bible as his weapon.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News