Date of Event: 18th July, 2018.
Based on complaints and general knowledge of our community in the past months, we discovered that drug abuse among youths in Rivers state is on the increase.
As a location group we embarked on a sensitization campaign on drug abuse as well as a way of lending our voice in partnership with key stakeholders on the dangers of drugs and other illicit substance abuse. We printed 1000 fliers and wrote on 20 cardboard papers, different sensitization messages.
Names of SI4DEV partners and volunteers who participated
1 Mr. Austin Otuji
2 Francis Eghehan
3 Gloria Chukwuma
Names of Yali Volunteers
Names of Visible charity partners
- Ekene Achu
- Ebube Achara
Number of partners from NYSC ——- 40
Number of volunteers from NURTW ——- 20
Estimates of youths impacted ——— 5000
We kick started the event by sensitizing volunteers and partners on the menace of drug abuse in our society and how partnering with us could help raise awareness. At 3:30pm we started sharing the cardboards and fliers among volunteers, and by 3:45pm when the Police came with their escort van, they helped controlled the traffic while we marched to the motor park where we engaged motorist and other commuters on our awareness campaign.
The event was concluded at 4:40pm after walking back to the popular Rumuokoro roundabout in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Lessons Learned – What could we have done better?
We discovered some lapses on our part;
- We under budgeted on key items
- We did not plan early enough to have security presence though they came after we wrote to the commissioner of police just 2 days to the event.
- Timing was almost out of tune with most volunteers who are workers.
- Poor follow up on the production of banner for the event.
- Publicity played a positive role in recruiting volunteers
We hope to take this campaign to secondary schools as soon as schools resume next session.