The journey of how lives are being reconstructed using technology in a 'Community in Tension'
Friday, February 20, 2009
How to be glamorous...
Well how do you become glamorous and appear in one of South Africa's premier women magazines? Simple, use what you have and make a difference in the lives of others. The Drug Advice Support (DAS) appears in the Cosmopolitan Magazine March 2009 edition Page 60. The article is by Glynis Horning and extracts of it can be read below...
"A pioneering addiction-advice service using MXit has been launched by Cape Town IT buff Marlon Parker, 30, who got the idea when working on his PhD thesis. 'Exploring how technology facilitates change, I found that the most commonly used technology in all communities is cellphones,' says the Cape Peninsula University of Technology lecturer. He also found that one of the biggest needs for young people in his area, the Cape Flats, is drug counselling that allows them to stay anonymous. 'I thought, why not use MXit?' Parker launched a pilot programme early last year, operating out of Impact Direct Ministries Centre, a local NGO in Bridgetown, and using recovered addicts and ex-gang members. What began as five volunteers giving advice in text chats with local substance users has grown to 12 volunteers helping everyone from students to young professionals 'from Athlone to Sandton, even rural villages in Limpopo!..."
"...'We answer what questions we can, then direct people who need it to their nearest source of face-to-face counselling,' says adviser Monique Theron, 25, who was an addict for eight years. 'Most people just need to hear that they're not alone, that we've been where they are, and that it is possible to get out of it - even if you're suicidal like I was. Becoming suicidal is what finally got me to go to the Impact Centre for counselling, and it changed me. If I'd just had to SMS, I could have done it sooner and saved my family so much pain.'..."
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