In several parts of Africa, Narconon is making its solutions to drug abuse known to more and more people.
In Cape Town Narconon staff and volunteers traveled around during the holidays to make more people aware of the drug problem. They did this by distributing many hundreds of copies of the "10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs" booklet. They raised enough funds through sales of drug-free stickers to educate people in ten additional schools on the issues of drug abuse and the Narconon solution for that problem, as well as providing tools for others who want to help.
The conditions in the country of Uganda are finally improving somewhat after the country had been torn apart by a civil war and years of violence and inhumanity by a dictator. Even now, two decades later, people are still suffering from lack of education, very low employment levels, and a large drug problem. There are children and young people all over this country who turn to marijuana, opiate drugs, alcohol and other substances to try to escape the intolerable conditions they must live in. Many are housed in slums, and often children there are used for prostitution. These conditions have led many children to turn to sniffing glue or fuel or paint thinner in an attempt to make their situation somewhat more tolerable.
Nelson Nuwahereza, a secondary school teacher there who saw how dire the situation was becoming for Ugandan young people, sought out solutions for this problem on the Internet. He found the Narconon drug education and rehabilitation technology and studied the drug education material and videos online. Once he had read all of that material, he requested and received drug education manuals from Narconon International and with those in hand, he decided to make a difference in his country.
Nelson started educating children, parents and city workers who worked with groups of children. Anywhere people gathered they listened to his message of how life could be better without drugs. Within only a few months, he had reached thousands of children and taught them about the dangers of drugs.
Then, trying to reach even more children and their parents, he formed the Narconon Uganda group with others who also felt strongly that kids should be kept off drugs. They started to reach out to more distant areas of the country. Nelson even ventured to the Western border of the country to deliver drug education talks to families, government officials and a district police commander.
Realizing that he could never reach all the children of his country himself, Nelson decided to take on training of the teachers. With the help of Narconon International, Robert van der Feyst from Narconon Cape Town came to Uganda to assist Nelson and provide him and his staff with even more training so that they in turn could train others. He first held a teacher training seminar in Mbarara and instructed 400 teachers there on The Way to Happiness and the Narconon drug education program. This group continued to spread the message of drug-free living throughout their region of the country. The result was that in just over six months, the Narconon Uganda team was able to reach more than 30,000 students in 10 different cities, and 100 schools with their drug-free message.
When Nelson also learned about the Narconon First Step Program, he began to help people get off drugs by implementing this simple method. He is currently working to establish the first Ugandan Narconon drug rehabilitation program.
It happens that Nelson was not the first person to discover the technology of L. Ron Hubbard in Uganda. Interestingly, Nelson's mother used to bring home books by L. Ron Hubbard and suggest that he read books like that in order to improve his own skills.
So, he knew he had found the answer he was seeking for those struggling with addiction, crime or immorality when he discovered this drug rehabilitation program based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard.
Nelson wrote that he wishes to give "Special thanks to L Ron Hubbard for his discoveries that are already making Uganda a better place."
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