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Through the help of some sponsors BOSASNet was able to perform the following events:

1.   SAAM

Why Substance Abuse Awareness Month (SAAM)?
In its endeavour to educate the public on substance abuse, use, and dependence, BOSASNet commemorates an annual Substance Abuse Awareness Month (SAAM) with the intention to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on substance abuse related issues. SAAM is commemorated during the month of August. Although throughout the year BOSASNet generates awareness around substance abuse using media and outreaches, SAAM has been chosen to intensify in the area of awareness targeting specific groups. To date BOSASNet has coordinated 4 SAAMs. SAAM has a preventative effect in the community and acts as motivation for individuals to seek further assistance.

SAAM Activities:

  • Fete, this is done to raise funds for the organisation in order to reduce reliance on Government. There are different educational activities on substance abuse on the day.
  • Awareness walks in different locations: Walks are done around Gaborone and we have educational presentations at the end of the walks.
  • Poetry competition/ Poetry slam: This is a poetry competition where young people display their poetic skills using substance abuse as a theme and win prizes.
  • Awareness Race (Gaborone): This is a race whereby we have different teams competing for prizes.
  • Schools’ debate competition: Senior Secondary Schools around Botswana debating on different topics around substance abuse.
  • Fundraising dinner: This dinner is intended to help raise funds for BOSASNet. 

                                     
                Games and activities during SAAM



2.   HIGH LEVEL PITSO

The Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network (BOSASNet) holds a High Level Pitso event engaging with stakeholders addressing issues regarding drugs and substance abuse. The first High Level Pitso was held at the Tlotlo Conference Center, under the theme DRUG ABUSE: BOTSWANA’S NEW EPIDEMIC. The High Level Pitso was meant to brief policy makers on the alcohol and substance abuse situation in Botswana and solicits the recommendations on strategies to address the epidemic. It was graced by key representatives from different stakeholders such as the House of Chiefs, Ministry of Education, Skills and Development, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, Ministry of Trade and Industry, University of Botswana Psychology Department and Social Work Department, District Commissioners, BOCONGO, Botswana Council Of Churches, Botswana Police Service, SADC, BURS, Putting women First Trust, The BOSASNet Board, Community Support Group and staff.

                           
                  High Level Pitso in session                                                                                                                        Display of some illicit drugs found in Botswana at the Pitso


3.   GOLF DAY

In its pursuit for a sustainable programme BOSASNet has dedicated its efforts to raise funds through direct request from donors and fundraising opportunities such as the Golf Day.

                      
           Golf Day gathering                                                                                                                                Winners receive their prizes at the Golf Day


          
          Part of the crowd at the Golf Day

4.   THANK YOU!!

BOSASNet would like to thank all of our sponsors for being so generous in helping us make the dream of BOSASNet possible.  
Another massive thank you goes to those who support BOSASNet with subsidized office rentals, insurance, cleaning services, media coverage and general wellbeing of the organization.
 
Website hosting sponsored by ZebraNet…Thank you!  ,



          
     
 
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