OPENING OF A CRISIS AND TRAUMA CENTER IN GABORONA
In an effort to cope with crises and trauma, Toughlove, a South African organization that supports families in crisis, has opened a branch in Gaborone.
Speaking to The Voice in an interview, Toughlove’s national representative, Odireleng Kasale, said the organization was created to tackle all forms of unacceptable behavior such as drug addiction and addiction, as well as to support the family. through any crisis she might be facing.
“It’s a family support group for anyone troubled by the disruptive behavior of a loved one,” Kasale explained.
A qualified addiction counselor, Kasale provides the NPO with the skills to help families in crisis.
She noted a lack of psychosocial support in Botswana, especially for the families of the mentally ill.
“When a person is released from a mental hospital, the affected family normally doesn’t know how to care for them. The family does not know how to take care of the patient and it affects them. When a family member comes to see us, we have a program to teach them how they can cope and have the strength to face such a situation. Kasale explained
The group meets every Thursday at the Extension 9 ChalkBoard office for an hour for people to share their experiences and be referred to rehabilitation centers in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Toughlove SA branch coordinator Chantal Grotto said their goal was to guide Kasale as a co-opted board member in South Africa, where she would learn to act within a board of directors and to be useful in a non-profit organization (NPO).
Grotto further explained that once Kasale had sufficient knowledge, ToughLove could then “plug in and play the five-year program in Botswana”.
“One or two members of the South African board would be co-opted once the Botswana NPO was established to guide, mentor and maintain brand consistency within the two countries. The group that has currently been created is a microcosm of what may or may not work and after two years, once it has gained ground, it can only be assessed to make the group an NPO and be part of a bigger business. For now, the group falls under the SA banner as it is in its infancy and needs some leadership, ”said Grotto.