Fighting drug abuse
CODAC has warned learners to steer clear of drugs and alcohol abuse.
09 March 2019 | Education
Fabian Langenhoven; Convicted drug dealer: Your circumstances do not define you.
The Coastal Drug Awareness Campaign (CODAC) launched an eight-page educational booklet at De Duine Secondary School last week.
CODAC is a drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse awareness campaign spearheaded by offenders, ex-offenders and officers from the Walvis Bay correctional facility.
The primary objective of the campaign is to educate learners, parents, caregivers, teachers, health professionals, business owners and community leaders to combat the use of illegal drugs and underage alcohol and tobacco use.
The booklet carries messages about the negative effects of drug addiction, information on where to seek for help, and how you can help someone who is on drugs.
Fabian Langenhoven, a convicted drug supplier, had a strong warning for learners.
“I was a victim of circumstance, which led me to sell and supply drugs. Be mindful of the company you keep. The Bible says bad company ruins good morals. I had friends who introduced me to robbery which led to another sentence I had to serve before I delved into the world of drug dealing. I had this huge responsibility on my shoulders after serving my first sentence, and I had to take care of my family. A lot of us here are victims of circumstances, but don't let that push you into drug and alcohol abuse. It only leads to two places, namely prison or death.”
He placed emphasis on the lifestyle that music videos portray.
“A lot of artists promote this lifestyle to increase their sales, yet, you feel this is the life you should be living, only to end up pregnant, and an alcohol or drug addict. They are portraying a lie.'
According to Fabian he was one of the biggest drug lords on the West Coast.
“I am however not talking to you as a dealer but as a child of God, who doesn't want you to make the same mistakes I did.”
He encouraged the learners to build their core foundation on Jesus Christ.
“The word no is so short, yet so powerful. Learn to use it. Your circumstances do not define you. Everyone has a purpose and there is enormous power in your youth.”
Hubert Shikongo has been incarcerated since 2008 and fell into the drug trap while he was still at school. He was a nature conservationist and an A grade student.
“I mixed with the wrong crowd, matriculated with only 18 points and my future in shambles.”
He's now pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Education, and hopes to acquire his Master's as well.
“Obey your parents and your teachers, recognise what type of friends you are hanging out with. Do not be tempted by the guys with 'swag'. Report any form of abuse you come across. Talk about it, otherwise you are simply condoning it. Go to church, mosque or sermons. We need God in our lives. Most importantly, finish your education, as you are the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Psychologist Ockert Jooste, who is currently serving a sentence for fraud, encouraged the learners to simply say no.
“You are faced with choices every day. Learn to say no!”
Former Miss Teen Walvis Bay and the first youth ambassador for CODAC Aina Nghipuilepo, who is currently studying in Thailand, encouraged the learners to know who they are and where they are heading to.
“Everyone has a purpose in life and it is important to know where you are heading to. Find your purpose, know who you are, what your goals are and you won't be tempted by anything that isn't in line with where you are heading.”
The learners also signed anti-violence pledges from the #BreakFree 2#BeFree campaign headed by first lady of Namibia Monica Geingos.
The CODAC helpline is 081 787 5434 or 081 385 3001.