Ke Moja is a word loosely translated from Sotho one of the local South African dialects to mean “I’m fine,” thus the program Ke Moja (I’m fine without drugs) which is a national substance abuse prevention programme implemented by all 9 provinces in South Africa. After a Ke Moja programme national impact study in 2011 commissioned by the National DSD research found that Gauteng has underperformed; Gauteng DSD commissioned AYDF in the month of September, 2013 to work with the 23 NPOs already funded for substance abuse prevention to succour the programme in Gauteng Province.
AYDF conducted a situational analysis of the 23 NPOs their 43 proxy offices throughout the 5 Gauteng regions. Submitted a report with recommendations that the Gauteng Department adopted, developed a rigorous monitoring system with tools that included Pre-tests and Post-tests to be conducted before and after the intervention and also conducted annual train the trainer workshops that have resulted in 245 Master trainers based within the NPOs as well as training of 350 stipendiated volunteers (Ke Moja Coaches) annually in all 954 Ke Moja Coaches trained to date.
AYDF developed a Web based monitoring system that can be accessed by the NPOs and the Department of Social Development to track performance using the cutting edge web based M&E system, this was done to bring swift reporting to stakeholders and funders.
Since AYDF began implementing the Ke Moja programme it has managed to reach over 1 600 000 beneficiaries impacting their lives by furnishing them with life skills and leadership skills aimed at enhancing their self-confidence and self-awareness.
The substance abuse challenge has devastated the country and destroyed many families however, the Ke-Moja programmes is able to heal all the wounds and intensely sensitizing the societies on implication of drugs and substance abuse with the aim of ultimately eradicating substance abuse in South Africa.
By: AYDF Editorial Team