In 2004, Narconon expanded into Africa, Australia and Asia more than ever before.
Narconon Johannesburg had already moved into its new quarters at the end of 2003, and is now serving 30% more people and graduating more drug-free students in 2004 than it could in its smaller facility last year. It has also been a good year for expansion and further outreach into the community for Johannesburg. Police officers from Duduza, Vosloorus, Boksburg and Zonkisiswe Stations came to Johannesburg for Narconon training as drug prevention specialists. These officers then go out in their areas and deliver drug education to young people. One of the trained officers said he felt he delivered a much better anti-drug presentation to the children following his training.
Joe Appiah also began delivering drug education in Ghana after learning the Narconon method of drug prevention. In just two years since his training in 2002, he had reached more than 20,000 schoolchildren with the anti-drug abuse message. In fact, the Narconon Ghana drug education and prevention center opened its doors in 2004. The Assistant Director of the Ghana Education Service, Ms. Linda Eshen, welcomed them and helped to celebrate their grand opening.
Also in Ghana, community and government officials attended a First Step workshop to learn the Narconon methods of getting someone to withdraw from drugs in a tolerable and healthy way. One of the executives from the Accra (capital city of Ghana) Psychiatric hospital wrote after the workshop, "I recommend the establishment of Narconon be recommended by the government of my country." And utilizing what he learned in the workshop, he also began giving his own drug education lectures.
In Cape Town, South Africa, Narconon provides drug education and drug rehabilitation assistance for many there who struggle with heroin addiction. Six members of another community substance abuse support group attended the First Step workshop there to learn how to help others get through drug withdrawal as comfortably as possible. And one of the Narconon New Life Center's executives obtained sponsorship from the largest South African cell phone company for training of drug prevention specialists. This training was given and seventeen Cape Town police officers went out and delivered drug prevention lectures in 28 schools. They were following the example of Robert van der Feyst, a drug educator who had previously given more than 37,000 Cape Town schoolchildren drug education presentations.
In 2004, Narconon staff and volunteers were occupied in many parts of the country. The Narconon rehab center in Melbourne delivered to more students and graduated more sober graduates than ever before. They also delivered to a student from Oman, Jordan, marking the first time they delivered to an Arab-speaking person. They had success at fund-raising for materials to be translated into Mandarin Chinese to help establish the first Narconon Center in Taiwan.
In Melbourne many drug educators flooded the area with drug education, delivering 26 drug education lectures in just three weeks of 2004. One of the top volunteer drug educators there is a man named Charlie Tonna.
And the Narconon drug educators in Victoria were able to obtain the government's endorsement, having achieved the status of a full charity.
In 2004 Asia, which had not had much experience with Narconon earlier, began to experience multi-national effects from Narconon there.
Malaysian businessmen learned about Narconon by visiting their website and sent one of their own to learn about Narconon technology at Narconon International. He then trained on how to open a Narconon center in Malaysia.
The manager of a large Thai company, the Quality Golf Company, learned about Narconon drug education and started using the Thai edition of "The Truth about Drugs" booklets to educate people in his business.
In 2004, Narconon Taiwan's rehab in Hua Lien center had gotten too small for them, so they started looking for new quarters outside the city.
INDIA, PAKISTAN, NEPAL
Narconon technology has begun to permeate farther into the East including the countries of India, Pakistan and Nepal in recent years. Drug education lectures have been delivered in New Delhi schools, helping to enlighten students there about the truth of what drugs do. When one student listed to one of the lectures, he wrote, "I personally thought that drugs enhance one's performance since many athletes take them. But with this talk I came to know the harmful effects of drugs intake. My perspective towards drugs has changed."
Narconon has been reaching out to the country of Nepal from the Pratigya center in Kathmandu. At this center, (the word Pratigya means commitment), several people in the Narconon Nepal rehab center are learning the commitment it takes to turn an addict's life around. There, 40 students at a time are learning to lead drug free lives. The demand for help is enormous, as the resources are just not available to help the estimated 150,000 drug addicts in the country. There are only 500 rehab beds in the entire country. Many addicts are quite young, so the team at Narconon Nepal includes a drug education team giving lectures in the schools.
Hundreds of professionals and anti-drug abuse workers in India and Pakistan have been introduced to this effective technology. Two Narconon executives from Europe provided the Pakistani Anti-Narcotic Force, the Pilot Institute of Scientific Management and medical students and professors at the Hyderabad University Hospital with workshops and presentations about Narconon and its anti-drug abuse techniques.
And volunteers Geoffrey and Agnes Barton have educated more than 15,000 students, along with other volunteers from European Narconon centers. These volunteers have delivered Narconon effective drug prevention talks in Karachi, Sindh Province, Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan in 2004.