Khomani San Bushmen, the oldest humans on earth, are dying at alarming rates due to the ravages of addictions. Moved off their lands to make way for tourism, etc. they now live on land with no water; a liquor store was also set up in the middle of their community. With no culture-based (or Western) treatment programs in place to help their communities heal, Bushmen, their culture, and language are under threat of extinction. If nothing is done, this deep ancestral knowledge will be lost forever
Phase I (Community Addictions Training) commenced in May 2016, bringing two indigenous trainers from Canada to S. Africa. We aim to launch Phase II, a 40-day culture-based treatment program using traditional, culture-based protocols as well as Western modalities, in late 2016. These indigenous-led programs that infuse traditional and Western protocols have had good success in treating addictions among indigenous populations in Canada for 40 yrs.. We believe the same would hold true in Africa.
Our organization's aim, based on the success of this introductory program, is to bring Mobile Addictions Treatment programs to other tribes throughout Africa suffering from similar fates. Ultimately, local people would be trained as counselors in these programs for long-term sustainability and empowerment of the local community.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).