Zambia: Youth against drug and alcohol abuse

Young Reformer

LWF member church I represent: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia

Mr Kheke Chana

Age: 26

My occupation: Student

My name on Facebook: Kheke Chana Pastor

Who else is involved in the project: church leaders, teachers and community leaders, together with the women's groups.

Project information on Facebook

My motivation

Which Bible verse motivates you in your work and vocation as a young reformer? 

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15, 9-13)

What is an example of ongoing reformation in your local context?

As youth, we have embarked on the project to sensitise the church and communities at large on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse. The response has been good. We have more people who are reforming. It's a good sign of reformation. Even the schools have adopted the same project.

What change do you want to see in your church and/or society?

I want to see the community free of abuse. This will bring love, peace and unity in the community, as people will have the same goal.

Living Reformation project

Human beings- not for sale: Youth against drugs and alcohol abuse in Zambia

In Zambian communities, many youth have become drug addicts due to unemployment, lack of education on the dangers of drugs, peer pressure and other reasons. The most affected groups are male youth. Most abusers have sold their life to these drugs, relying on drugs for their living. We are saying No to it. People should not depend on things which may lead them to death.

As youth of Zambia and of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, we decided to champion advocacy against drug and alcohol abuse. We have seen the church is dying and the community has lost its values due to the high intake of alcohol and drugs.

Objective 1: By the end of the project, 10,000 pupils and youth will become aware of the dangers of drugs. Activities: organize sports activities, hold debates in schools and communities/societies and workshops, create survival skills for the unemployed, offer community outreach. Holding debates in schools on the dangers of drugs will help pupils gain greater knowledge of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Objective 2: By the end of the project, 500 youth will be educated as trainers of trainers. Activities: visit the Drug Enforcement Commission and other NGOs working against drugs in Zambia.