On this project, volunteers will work alongside a team of local volunteers to run a drug awareness community center. The main role of the center is to carry out daily outreach walks into the areas where drug users are known to spend time. During these walks the staff and volunteers will hand out packs of clean needles, syringes, alcohol wipes and injecting liquid. They will also pick up and safely dispose of used needles, clean and dress abscesses and wounds the drug users have. Volunteers need to be prepared to work hands on with drug addicts and witness them injecting heroin on a daily basis. Volunteers will spend afternoons at the center in the community working with any drop in clients and planning community activities to raise awareness of drugs, HIV/AIDS, sexual health and hygiene.
Volunteers do not need a background in the Medical field, though Nurses, Doctors, and pre-med students are welcome to join.
This project is not for the faint of heart, and will require a great deal of maturity and strength on the part of the volunteer, yet volunteers are desperately needed to aid in keeping users and non-users safe, raising drug awareness and assisting with many other initiatives of this vital program.
SPECIAL NOTE: Volunteers need to be aware that they will be working hands on with users of hard drugs and WILL witness people injecting drugs during the daily outreach walks. As a result of this, there is a strict minimum age limit of 21 to join this program. Volunteers must be aware that if they are uncomfortable with being exposed to drug use this is NOT the program for them. All applicants will also be required to produce a recent Police Background Check prior to being accepted. The Drug Rehabilitation Program is located in Diani Beach only.