NGHS Peer Helpers – Rebirth House Report
“Everybody needs inspiration” and “prevention is better than cure” were just some of the sentiments expressed in artistic presentations at Facing Life 16. The competition, presented by Rebirth House, was held on Friday 4th November, 2016 at the Andre Kamperveen Hall of the Centre of Excellence, Macoya. This year’s theme was “Aspire Today To Inspire Tomorrow”, a fitting message which adhered to Rebirth House’s mission statement encouraging others to reach out to addicts with Hope and Healing.
The program which ran from 9:00am to 3:00pm was dynamic and engaging. It included performances by Metamorphosis Dance Company, soca parang singers, violinists and Midnight Robber portrayals. Students were addressed by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, who urged them to “say no” to the hypocrisy of adults who tell youths to desist from engaging in unlawful, dangerous activities. They were also motivated to follow the right path and adopt the role of agents for change. Additionally, tasty refreshments were provided for the eleven schools present.
Naparima Girls’ High School’s Peer Helpers were proud participants. A 24 member contingent accompanied by Ms Sookdeo traveled to eastern Trinidad to perform “Turning Points”, a fifteen minute play about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as well as the effects on people in society. The well-written dramatic presentation touched on controversial issues like HIV/AIDS, rape and abuse but was also interlaced with humour complemented by the actors’ excellent execution. We look forward to next year’s competition with great anticipation where our newfound experience will produce even better results.