Muscat: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its volunteer group Y-PEER, the Youth Peer Education Network-Oman, and the volunteer team 'My Life, My Decision' of the National Committee for Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NCNPS) will join hands for a cause during the Khareef Festival.
The two organisations had partnered during the Muscat Festival earlier this year to spread awareness about the harms caused by using drugs.
In addition to promoting UNFPA's core mandate, the Y-PEER volunteers will be assisting the 'My Life, My Decision' volunteer's team in various activities, such as combating drugs under the slogan 'My Life Has Value', at the festival, till tomorrow.
A young team of volunteers at the Khareef Festival will help in educating the public about these issues through games, distributing materials, and questions-answers. The volunteers will also be performing short puppet shows to educate the public.
'My Life, My Decision' is the creation of a young woman, who wanted to make a difference in society. Representing Oman at the Youth for Change competition in Egypt, Marwa won fifth place for her project, entitled 'My Life, My Decision'.
Using the prize money and the support of UNFPA, 'My Life, My Decision' was introduced in 2009, while 2011 marked her team's first collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Commission for Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances. They had hosted a programme for addicts and those coping with addiction. Today, 'My Life, My Decision' has 55 volunteers assisting in activities related to motherhood, general counselling, women's empowerment, stress management and self-development.
Y-PEERs is a youth-to-youth programme pioneered by UNFPA. Y-PEER has been established in 55 countries with plans to grow and has over 1,000 non-profit organisations and governmental institutions in its network.
It is a volunteer group of youths, who spread awareness and education about various youth issues, including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, road safety, and environmental preservation using entertainment as a tool.