The HuD Group, an international Christian not-for-profit movement focused on the development of holistic emerging leaders, has launched a charity project worth GH¢ 3,000 to support residents of the Drugs Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre of the Pantang Hospital in Accra.
The project, dubbed ‘LeadPreneur’ which involves supporting residents with capital and tools to start viable businesses or enter apprenticeship after their rehabilitation program at the centre, forms part of the organization’s major activities to mark its 11th anniversary.
Launching the project at the rehab centre on Thursday, the Country CEO of the HuDGroup, Dr William Okyere-Frempong said, the organization deemed to fit to launch the project after considering the rate of relapsing residents due to their inability to integrate properly into society being without a vocational skill.
According to him, the project will see all residents equipped with skills such as bead-making, wreath-making and leather-working. Other components of the project include, motivational and leadership training sessions.
“There is a challenge with reintegration back into society. If they go back there, there is nothing to do then they go back to the habit that brought them here, so if we are able to empower them with some skills they will be busy and then be able to get on their lives to earn a living and take care of their families” he said.
“This gesture is to help bring some completeness to the program that they are doing here so that they will not only be equipped to quit the habits but also be empowered with a livelihood for living” Dr. Okyere-Frempong further added.
He said the organization intendeds to expand the project by introducing more programs to better equip the residents and eventually replicate it at other underprivileged institutions.
The HuD Group also donated a refrigerator, living room furniture and 130 books to start an in-house library at the Centre.
Deputy Programs Manager at the Centre, Mr. Samuel Kontoh said the gesture would go a long way to help the centre effectively rehabilitate and fully integrate residents into society after completion of their program.
He therefore called on other organizations and individuals to show support for the Centre in any way they could as well as welcome rehabilitated residents back into society when they complete the program.