The founder of Drug and Alcohol-Free Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre (DAFAREC), Mr. Emmanuel Agyapong, commended the level 300 students of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM) of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), for exhibiting the character of the good Samaritan as told in the Bible.
This commendation was as a result of a donation by the students, spearheaded by the Dean of UGBS, Professor Justice Bawole, to the DAFAREC NGO, which is dedicated to helping drug and alcohol addicts on the streets of Accra through their rehabilitation and recovery programme. The donation took place at the premises of DAFAREC at Nsawam on the 18th of November 2019.
Recovered members of the rehabilitation centre took turns sharing their addiction stories with the students, beginning at their nearly fatal abuse of alcohol and drugs and ending at how their lives changed upon encountering DAFAREC. Mr. Akwasi Acheampong, one of the recovered members advised the students present to beware of the friends they make and the kind of company they keep since peer pressure was the main cause of his drug addiction.
Mr. Agyapong bemoaned the inability of the centre to reach out to more addicts due to limited funds and called upon the various bodies to aid in catering for them. He also pleaded for a women’s rehabilitation centre as well as a juvenile centre for teenagers in order to attend to people with addictions in those categories. He aims to strengthen his recovery programme so that the patients could go out there and reach out to fellow male addicts in similar situations. This, he believes, will help expand the centre so there can be at least a rehabilitation centre in every region in Ghana.
Dr. James Mensah, a Lecturer with the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, admonished students to take up such issues in society and help solve them. He also stated that the UGBS PAHSM students will keep supporting DAFAREC in whatever way they could.
An interactive session ensued, with students enquiring on some challenges the NGO face. These were responded to by Mr. Agyapong. On his part, Dr. Mensah also recommended to the DAFAREC members on how they could obtain more funds and minimise expenses. The programme ended with a thanksgiving message and a prayer from the founder of DAFAREC.
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