The hope for the future
WISN (Worldwide Indigenous Science Network) has been busy getting plans in motion for the launch of the Mobile Addictions Treatment Program for the Khomani San Bushmen of South Africa. It’s a big road ahead and a bit of a daunting challenge, but we are ready, and we are grateful to any donors who come forward to help.
We are doing this on behalf of people like Lys, featured in attached image. Lys is a Khomani San Bushman. She still speaks the Nama language, one of just a handful of her people who do. Her community has been ravaged by alcoholism—not just the alcoholism itself, but the domestic violence and disease that comes along with widespread alcoholism.
Currently, our efforts have been aimed at bringing culture-based treatment to the Khomani San. We’ve partnered with an organization in Canada who has a long history in providing culture-based treatment to indigenous peoples of Canada with great success. The model works—now we just need the resources to bring this model of treatment to South Africa and eventually to other parts of Africa. We brought two indigenous counselors to South Africa this quarter to work with and train sober community members to create a foundation for after-care support. One of the biggest reasons for treatment failure is lack of community support. This one-month long training group was 16 women strong, and we truly believe they will be capable of anything they put their minds and hearts to!
Their focus right now is on stopping the construction of a second liquor store and tavern in the community. They’re meeting with the zoning board and other decision makers to try to influence this decision.
Phase II involves full 40-day treatment for up to 20 Bushmen, bringing indigenous counselors who can provide culture-based treatment to the Bushmen. But we need help in doing so. Our organizational funding does not cover addictions treatment, so we’re looking for outside sources and could use your help.
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The problem. . .
As part of the 30-day treatment, students present
Sixteen women strong, working hard!