RISE Program

BRIEF NARRATIVE:

With the Introduction of Drugs in the Maldives in early 1970’s, drug use has been escalating at an Alarming level. More and more youths are experimenting with drugs and getting addicted day by day.

Our NGO Journey – was formed to counter this issue by implementing effective programs;- Through our history of more than a decade of service, and through various studies conducted by First World Countries and the Maldives; now drug addiction can be medically diagnosed as a preventable brain disease.

Like any other disease, the most effective way to prevent our young generation is to prevent them from initially using or experimenting drugs, but this can only be achieved by building a community which is educated on drugs and which has acquired the necessary skills.

THE RISE PROGRAM – is structured, planned and executed with the help of donor agencies, to attain the below-mentioned results –

  • Building a community which is educated to drugs.
  • Building a community which has the skills required.
  • Developing youth for effective interventions.
  • Decreasing the risk factors of the island while improving the protective factors.

No Program has ever been sustainably continued without the motivation and initiatives of the Targeted community

For this purpose, an Alliance is formed in each island, so that the prevention program can be continued, sustainable and effective.

Name of Program:

RISE – “RESEARCH-BASED, DRUGS AND HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM”

Objectives:

  • To empower the communities by conducting research-based universal prevention program for drug abuse and HIV, through enhancing the protective factors in the community while reducing the risk factors; to stop substance use before it begins.

Activities:

Activity 01:-

Forming an Alliance of at least 5 members from stakeholder groups of Community (stakeholder groups will include youth, school leavers, CBOs, NGOs, parents, teachers, opinion leaders, religious scholars, businessmen and authoritative figures of the island).

Activity 02:-

Educating the Alliance on the importance of Drugs & HIV prevention in the island and the effectiveness of community empowerment and involvement in prevention programs.

Activity 03:-

Conduct training for young and youth peer educators on skill-based education and strengthening resilience to drugs and HIV.

Activity 04:-

Conduct training for parents (parents from all stakeholder groups) and teachers on parenting skills, peer education, identification methods of drugs use, communication, and early intervention.

Activity 05:-

Planning and implementation of an early intervention and referral mechanism to assist drug users.

Activity 06:-

A door to door information dissemination program by participants of both pieces of training. Journey’s prevention booklet for parents, pamphlets for families, teachers and young people will be distributed in the door to door outreach activity.

Activity 07:-

Identifying gaps and solutions (risk and protective factors of the island) and generating a work-plan for the island.

Activity 08:-

Conducting a Youth camp – which would be managed by the trained Youth groups, trained parents, formed alliance group and volunteers.

Activity 09:-

Refresher Training & Evaluation– to evaluate the program and learn from the mistakes and train a selected youth batch from the previous training.

Activity 10:-

Forming an NGO – for the sustenance of such activities in the island and develop youth in the island, with their own initiative of the island alliance.

REACH OF ‘RISE’ PROGRAM: Click to view REACH OF RISE PROGRAM

WHY  WAS ‘RISE’ DEVELOPED

  •     No structured work is done in the country for Drug prevention.
  •     Evaluation results of the previous Ad Hoc programs conducted – proved ineffective.
  •     Requested by UNICEF to Journey (NGO).
  •     To structure a prevention program for the country based on International guidelines, principles, facts and evidence.

HOW WAS ‘RISE’ DEVELOPED

  •     From the invaluable experience of JOURNEY  on Substance use prevention and intervention throughout the Country.
  •     Evaluated and results of the previous programs considered.
  •     Based on: UNODC – International Prevention guidelines.
  •     Based on: NIDA – (USA) prevention principles for community-based drug prevention.
  •     From Evidence of fact-finding trips to the island communities.
  •     Consultations with experts in the field – International and local.
  •     Heavily contextualized to the customs and beliefs of island communities.