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NEP023 Drug rehabilitation

project description

In a poor country like Nepal the lower status of women is deeply rooted within society. Boys do have better access to nutrition, education and health care. Family problems, unemployment and group pressure result in addic­tions. ACN, on behalf of 44 churches in Pokhara, support female drug users. They treat their addiction and coach them, by means of their family and education, to start their life anew within the community.

why this project?

Women are a very vulne­rable group due to their position in society and the high poverty rate in Nepal.

The treatment that women receive by ACN starts with detoxi­fi­cation process of several weeks. The next step is education and learning skills like sewing and keeping chickens. Besides, ACN involves the family of every client in their rehabi­litation phase, and they treat health issues. Women learn to live in a more relaxing way, and they get to know the Christian faith.

impact?

On average 10 clients a year succeed following the program. During the program women regain their self-esteem, they work on self-confi­dence and they interact with their family in a positive way. Mothers start taking care of their children in a better way. Some women go to school again, and others start a business by themselves. There is new hope and a perspective for the future.

what can we learn?

Leaving drug addiction is possible when you really want to. 90% of the women regis­tered for the drug rehabi­litation program recover physi­cally and spiri­tually by dedication, profes­sional support and patience. The process of recovering is worth it, and it testifies of Christ’ love for people. How do we see our fellow human being (whether addicted or not)? What is our attitude towards them?

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