by Denise Nanni and Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In this interview we would like to invite you to visit the World of Mentor Arabia, an organisation whose vision consists of empowering Arabic children and young people to make them able to decide for their future. And they should be capable of opposing to drugs and risky behaviour. The organisation works in Lebanon and works in different countries of the Arabic world. Would like to thank Aline for the detailled answers to our questions.
Mentor Arabia faces a monumental task in trying to halt the spread of this fast growing and deadly phenomenon in the Arab region. This task cannot be achieved alone; it requires the help and cooperation of various parties, such as governmental and non-governmental institutions, experts, educators, parents, religious leaders, businesses, media and many more.
We envision a drug-free Arab world where children and youth are given the opportunities to lead healthy lives. Mentor Arabia’s role is to empower youth to make healthy choices and resist drugs.
One of Mentor Arabia’s principle missions is to build the capacity of national organizations, whether private, governmental, or non-governmental, to adopt and carry out drug prevention programs at the national level. Instead of perpetuating dependencies, Mentor Arabia works to capacitate institutions and create sustainability in drug prevention by forging strong partnerships with solid and active national entities on the ground that can own the programs at the national level in the future.