“KUNPHEN”, literally means “universal Benevolence”. It is the first and only Tibetan run non-government organization (NGO) that provides programs focusing on treatment and care for alcohol and drug abuse. Apart from that the center also provides assistance in human resource development and HIV/AIDS by promoting education and carrying out awareness campaigns in communities. The center is based in Dharamsala, North India and is registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
During the past ten years the center has helped over 124 by providing necessary funds to send them to the Delhi rehabilitation center in order to become free from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Youth being the future of society, the main aim of the center is to create awareness among the younger generation in order to prevent them against addiction. Awareness and counseling programs in schools were organized concerning the problems of addiction with the help of experts and some of the former addicts who were willing to share their addiction, the center provides all that is needed during after-care service and facilitates their re-integration into a normal life, by helping them to be self-reliant once they are on their own.
1. Awareness, Education and Counseling:
The first phase of the program that we do in this organization is the awareness campaign where we make visits to the settlements, schools and other public places to sensitize people about drug addiction and its fall outs. In schools we target secondary children, age ranging from 13-20, who are impressionable and most vulnerable to the cankers of drugs spreading slowly but steadily in our community. We also meet with teachers and councilors of different schools to share problems of addiction in their schools and make joint efforts to address those problems. Apart from that, we organize various workshops concerning addiction and give talks on the substance abuse problem. To demonstrate how addiction ruins not just the one who is under its influence but their family as well, we invite former drug addicts to share their experiences about how addiction caught and destroyed their lives.
Since prevention is better than cure we place more importance on disseminating information about drugs and HIV/AIDS problems. In this regard, we had organized two live concerts on the themes, “TURN ON MUSIC, TURN OFF DRUGS” and “I DECIDE” concerning drugs and HIV/AIDS problems respectively. In order to debunk misinformation attached to HIV/AIDS problems, we educate common masses to accept and provide equal respect to the victims of HIV/AIDS.
2. Treatment and rehabilitation programs:
Treatment and rehabilitation program is the second phase of our program. While going around and talking to the people we try to find those with serious addiction problems and encourage them to get rid of drugs. We show the door to an addiction-free life and those who are committed succeed in their ordeal for a better life with our assistance. We send addicts to the rehabilitation centers in Delhi for a 6-month program. The cost for each addict for such program at the rehabilitation center varies according to the severity of the addiction. In a year we receive more than 15 clients or users.
AFTER-CARE comes in the third phase of our program but holds a very important place in our efforts to ensure a successful result as far as complete recovery is concerned. This is one of the most difficult and challenging parts of all the programs we carry out at our center. The AFTER-CARE program is designed to assess and evaluate whether addicts who have completed rehabilitation program are clean and ready enough to go back to their normal life. We have rented a house for this program and provide free accommodation, foods and other things needed to prepare our clients to join society with renewed hope and vigor. Since many addicts have nobody to look upon after the rehabilitation program, we send them for vocational trainings, such as Motor Mechanic, Bakery, Wood Crafting and also send them to learn English and computers, etc., according to their skills and capability. Our main goal is to build confidence and brace them up to meet challenges of life from a positive frame of mind. To put in a nutshell, we encourage them to live a happy and drug-free life.
4. Vocational training and Career skills development
Apart from assisting our clients to get back to their normal life, we, as mentioned above, encourage and inspire them to be self-reliant by creating new possibilities. To help them in this regard, we send them to various vocational training centers in different parts of India where they learn skills that would help them craft a new beginning.
Kunphen also distribute very good and branded qualities condom to help prevent from STI- Sexually Transmitted Infection.