The Bam-Francis Foundation is pleading for donations from residents and local businesses.
The NGO was founded last year after Thando Bam-Francis completed his rehabilitation programme, driven by the desire to curb substance abuse and raise awareness on its dangers among the youth and communities.
Co-founder of the NGO Portia Mkhushulwa said Thando was often invited as a guest speaker at events after he got out of rehab.
“He is passionate about drug awareness so we decided to register the NGO. The foundation will keep him rooted and focused on his sobriety.
“The aim of the foundation is to address drug dependence through the provision of accessible services through the engagement and inclusion of all relevant stakeholders. Our vision is to reduce known predictors and enhancing known protective factors to prevent the escalation of substance abuse and related social issues,” she said.
In five years’ time, the foundation seeks to be a fully-fledged institution that provides a holistic service in addressing substance abuse, which includes after-care and a skills development programme.
The NGO is currently without any financial supporters and operates from a house in Troyeville.
“We seek funding for our operational expenses, equipment and branding materials for our campaigns, office space, office furniture, computers, printer, stationary, transportation and allowance for volunteers,” she said.
The members of the NGO are Thando Bam-Francis, Portia Mkhushulwa, Asanda Bam, Papama Nyati and Koketso Zwane.
Anyone willing to assist the NGO can contact Portia Mkhushulwa on 076 854 0729 or 078 535 1345.