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FASfacts’ Train-the-Trainer Project

FASfacts enables facilitators to convey the FAS-message to residents in their respective communities.  


FASfacts enables facilitators to convey the FAS-message to residents in their respective communities.

In this program FASfacts also focuses on alcohol and drug abuse in general. In addition FASfacts educates the participants in making healthy life choices for themselves, their unborn babies and their family.

The social characteristics and needs within communities that prompted the implementation of this project:

  • Amongst many of the involved communities there are still a huge lack of knowledge regarding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the negative effects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse.
  • It is of utmost importance for women to know that they should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy because alcohol is a toxin to the fetus, with the positive outcome that their children can be born without FAS/FASD.
  • Men need the exact same knowledge, so that they can support their wives/partners to abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancies have to be planned, so that women can stop drinking alcohol even 2 months before they can fall pregnant.
  • In South Africa, most pregnancies are unplanned, so when a woman is sexually active, she can be unknowingly pregnant which is unfortunately the norm, and therefore she must also abstain from alcohol. A vast number of children are prenatally damaged for life due to this irresponsible behaviour.

Characteristics of the Beneficiaries

Many of the youth and adults are semi-illiterate or even illiterate. If they attended school, they left school at an early age. Many of them left school at grade 10 or even earlier.

Many of these people suffer themselves from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or at least Alcohol Exposure during their Fetal Status. They also have to deal with the secondary effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Exposure.

Most of them are unfortunately born with addictive personalities, thus make them enormously prone to substance abuse, whether it is alcohol or hard drugs.

Many of these people misuse alcohol regularly, especially during weekends (binge drinking).

The value of the Train-the-Trainer methodology

The ‘Train the Trainer’ methodology allows FASfacts to gain a footprint in a substantial number of areas at a reasonable cost.

It adds value to the relevant NGO’s and role-players with whom FASfacts partner, currently and in the future.

FASfacts will always treat the trained facilitators as an extension of our Operations Department.

FASfacts will maintain a monitoring and evaluation function to ascertain that FASfacts’ dynamics and our FAS-message make a definite impact in our vulnerable communities.

Please note that there are 9 clips. All are very informative for teachers and families with FASD children and adults, as well as those with Attention Deficit Disorders.

  • "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ―Eda J. Le Shan

  • “Drinking during pregnancy is linked with disaster – personal disaster for the ‘bright-eyed ones,’ disaster for their families and their hope for their young, and disaster for . . . society as we struggle to pay the huge price of this destruction.” - Prof. Ann Streissguth, Ph.D.

  • "If you're pregnant, don't drink. If you drink, don't get pregnant" - Eva Carner

  • "Every day is FASD Awareness day" - Teresa Kellerman (www.babybornfree.com)