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Meet Our Volunteers

The following are some of the quotes we gathered by the volunteers who have participated in a number of our programs.

Program name: Protecting Youth from Substance Abuse

Mamdouh Nagueh and Ahmed Maher: students in Al Saidiya school. They trained more than 2000 students in 22 schools located in Giza. They took their directives from the Director of South Giza Educational Directorate after seeing the accomplished activities in their schools.

Mamdouh says: "I was an introvert child when I was in the primary and preparatory stages. I was in a private school, riding the bus everyday from home to school and vice versa. The number of students in the class room was small, in other words I was spoon fed information and knowledge. When I moved to the Saidiya school, with very crowded classrooms, I hated it. And even though I scored 92.5% in second grade secondary, I had negative feelings, I never participated in activities or in anything fruitful. When I participated in the project, my personality changed completely and I gained self confidence. I was able to converse with anybody and try to convince him/her with logic. I acquired communication skills and managed to express my opinions and feelings."

Ahmed Maher said with enthusiasm: "After the Project, I felt that I had changed and wanted to change everything that was wrong around me. Our generation needs to be heard and allowed to express itself. The educational system needs to include activities that enhance life skills in order to confront problems and tough situations. It should not only be restricted to relaying a message. The training made me think in a different manner, and taught me that the opinion of a group is better than that of an individual's. I felt that I was carrying a responsibility and should deliver it to the others. I became a new person, I can talk with others, discover their personalities, and I became self confident. I possessed the personality of a leader but did not discover it except when I joined the Project. I decided with my friend Mamdouh to repeat the training with new students in our school with the cooperation of the social worker. We started attracting students through indirect announcements on protection that we placed everywhere in the school. We organized a group that we called "We Are The Solution against Drug Abuse". Our activities extended to 22 schools and succeeded in training more than 2000 students from other schools not participating in the Project."

Marwa Sayed Abdel Hamid and Kawsar Adel Abdel Wahed from the Industrial Preparatory School for girls in Nasr City, introduced the training to new students in cooperation with the school workers and trainers. They had five sessions during the academic year, at a rate of 20 trainees in each session. With the approval of the school administration and parent's council, Marwa and Kawsar designed a badge for trainees, and placed advertisements all around the school.

Marwa said: "We designed printing materials and banners concerned with combating tobacco, water pipe and drugs. We started organizing visits with trainees to the drug abuse treatment section in the Abbasiya Hospital for Mental Health, the general department for combating drugs, the Airport Hospital for Mental Health, the Juvenile Institution in Ain Shams, and the Health Bureau in Matariya. They also organized visits in cooperation with the Industrial School in Manshiyet Nasser, the Naam Commercial School, the Bahteem Secondary School, the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz School, the Katameya School, and the Nokrashi Secondary School. These schools participated with us in an exposition organized in the school along with 12 other schools where 71 students (boys and girls) presented projects dealing with combating tobacco and drugs."

Kawsar said: "We made paintings and placed them in places where girls and boys hang out, like cafés and other places in Nasr City district. Some consisted of misconceptions concerning water pipe, cigarettes and some types of drugs, and the answers to these misconceptions."



 
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