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The Dominica National Drugs Council and UNODC implement the Strong Families Programme at the Najayo Male Correctional and Rehabilitation Center for the first time

During July and August 2017, the New Penitentiary Model (MGP), the National Drugs Council (CND), the Ministry of Education (MINERD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), jointly implemented the "Strong Families" prevention programme at the Najayo Male Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in the city of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.

This evidence-based programme, which has been especially designed for parents and tutors with sons and daughters between 10-14 years of age, is implemented in the country in the context of Project "Building Strong Families in the Dominican Republic", funded by the INL Section of the USA Embassy.

During the two months of duration of the training, the skills of participating tutors and children were strengthened with a view to preventing drug abuse and other risk behaviors.

The certificates of the training were delivered to participants during a ceremony chaired by the National Coordinator of the New Penitentiary Model, Mr. Ysmael Paniagua, the Manager of the Department of Community Prevention of the National Drugs Council, Mrs. Lohadis Ureña, the Director of the Najayo Center, Mrs. Yeny Olga Hernández and the Head of the UNODC Programme Office in the Dominican Republic, Mrs. Begoña Gómez.

The ceremony also included a theater play and the distribution of materials promoting the key messages of the programme. 

The families attending the event became part of a group of over 500 "Strong Families" that have participated in this programme under the coordination of UNODC in the Dominican Republic.