History of the organization
Phenyoetsile Change Agents (PCA) was birthed out of a need. A need to see restoration in villages that were once the epitome of peace and harmony, villages that are currently being ravaged by violence because of substance abuse and all the troubles it brings. Motswedi, Borakalalo and Poosedumene, three villages where there was once no difference between family and neighbor and all could be trusted, are now a place where people lock themselves inside their houses out of fear of what those who are being consumed by drugs and alcohol will do next. It used to be that; grandmothers were safe and sound in their own homes and grandfathers were never attacked in their fields, while taking in the fresh air and the beauty of their surroundings.
This journey began with personal struggles, as we watched our very own waste away. Young people together with those who were once young at heart, people who used to be vibrant were quickly eroding away to nothingness, slowly being eaten by the poison that they are putting into their systems. Sometimes people are not very good at managing their consumption, things that are not harmful to the human body when taken in moderation, become poison when taken excessively. This is called substance abuse. Substance abuse is not only when one takes in harmful chemicals into their bodies, substance abuse is also when one depends on good chemicals to operate optimally.
It is from seeing our own community being confronted by the plight of substance abuse that we, the young people of Borakalalo village, decided to do something about it. In 2016, we began just by reaching out to people that we knew or heard were dealing with the same challenges that we were faced with.
Most people in our village were dying in silence, mothers whose sons and daughters were causing the deepest heartaches because of addiction to all forms of substances, were lamenting inwardly without anybody to comfort them. We decided to become a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold theirs. In that same year, Nyaope was becoming a reality that all village dwellers were becoming aware of, whether willingly or unwillingly, it had become a reality that no one could escape. If you tried to hide behind your high walls and shut all your mighty gates, Nyaope would just find a way to sneak in. Without relent, he would strike at those who tried to turn a blind eye. Breaking into houses and stealing anything that is of value. If confronted by any kind of contestation, without giving it a second thought, Nyaope would just kill whoever dares to stand on its way.
The local taverns are a place where all people meet, regardless of age; all roads converge at the local beer place. It is there that we see a thirteen year old with a bottle of beer in one hand and a joint of weed in the other, lying on the floor next to this child, drunk to the point of death, is her mother. Maybe if these people had somebody who could just listen to them, somebody who could try to understand the manner of pain that led them to the kind of lives they were leading. Maybe that would make them feel like they really matter, that someone in this world wants more for them and believes that they deserve more out of life. We as PCA, decided to become those people.
After successfully helping a dear friend and brother of ours out of the pit of substance abuse, we realized that we have the potential to help many more. PCA desires to see families that have been torn apart because of substance abuse reunited in hope and trust. Young and old people who no longer have hope for a bright future because of addiction can have that hope restored. That is the kind of goals that PCA aspires to achieve, and every walk that we have taken under the blazing sun in an attempt to reach out to someone in need was driven by those goals. Every cent that we have taken out of our own empty pockets from 2016, when we first operated without being registered until now, was for one reason and one reason alone, we want to help free people from the shackles of substance abuse. Every time we were close to giving up because we thought that no one would understand our vision and help us in making it a reality, our desire to eradicate substance abuse from our community kept us going.
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Address: Stand number: 30045 Sebalagane Section Motswedi Village, 2870.
Phenyoetsile Change Agents (PCA) was birthed out of a need. A need to see restoration in villages that were once the epitome of peace and harmony, villages that are currently being ravaged by violence because of substance abuse and all the troubles it brings
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