ELCRN youth stands up against alcohol and drug abuse

Sharlien Tjambari

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) Young People’s Ministry handed over a petition to the Chief Regional Officer Ludmilla Doeses, which con-demns the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The overall theme of the Young People’s Ministry is “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, love, in faith and in purity”. The young people of ELCRN from all over Namibia had a convention which started on Friday, 30 November and ended on Sunday, in Swakopmund under the theme “The Seed Love”.
The Youth Pastor Iyaloo Hamalwa, during the petition hand over said: “We have taken a decision to educate our youth through the means of information sharing via a peaceful demonstration. Our ultimate goal is to equip the youth to participate, function and develop in the society so that they feel empowered to make decisions that are healthy for themselves and for others”.
The youth of ELCRN say they want to see that the courts give severe sentences to those caught with drugs. They wish to have bars closed on public holidays, more police patrols to ensure that children who are under the age of 18 are not in bars or used as bar attendants at liquor outlets. They would like the government of Namibia to ban the use of alcohol on the streets. They also requested that the Erongo Regional Governor have the bars closed at 20:00 during week days and no liquor shops should be allowed to operate on Sundays. “The government should draw up a legislation to empower parents to have control over their growing children”, said Hamalwa as she was reading the petition which she handed over to Doeses on behalf of the Erongo regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua.
“Youth development is the cornerstone of any development. We in the Erongo Region takes Youth Development in a very serious light. Your views are valuable as you do so to shape your future.
The youth in Namibia seems to face massive challenges and experience problems such as substance use e.g alcohol and drug abuse, violence, rape, child trafficking, prostitution, etc., leading to the lives of many young people being destroyed.”, said Doeses as she welcomed the youth to Erongo region.
She advised the youth to take charge of their lives and to build the Namibian house on the high moral values they (youth) seek to see.

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