Marita Western Balkans is a registered NGO, founded in February 2015, with a compelling mission to prevent drugs abuse and spread anti-drug message amongst youth in Serbia and other Balkan countries. Marita drug prevention program is officially recommended by Regional Department of Education and it is very well accepted in elementary and high schools, at youth gatherings and parent meetings. In just two years, 188 drug prevention workshops were held with 6.740 participants and school representatives.
Marita aim is to encourage and support each person to make strong decision to say “NO” when they are offered drugs. In Marita prevention workshops, former drug addicts tell to young people, who still had not tried drugs, about how they started to take drugs, and the losses of life this addiction led to. “Marita” prevention workshops intend to expose the myths of drug use – and tell the true story of fear, depression and permanent consequences they experience today due to their earlier drug abuse. Also, Marita prevention is educating teenagers about the way drugs make people dependent. “It is much easier and smarter to say NO when you are offered drugs, than try to stop after you get addicted”.
All of Marita staff are ex-drug addicts who had found their way out of addiction through faith based Teen Challenge rehabilitation program. Throughout drug prevention workshops in schools they have a valuable opportunity to share their testimony about God breaking the power of addiction and gave them new fulfilled lives. With those compelling life stories, they are putting an axe at the root of the problem of addiction – before it starts!
Read more on Marita Norway website: www.marita.no