An Ejisu-Kwamo based Non-Profit Organization (NGO) Rehabilitation Center and Mental Care Home in the Ashanti Region of Ghana , Willing Ways foundation Ghana and its CEO Madam Lydia Abena Manu have been nominated for the 2018 CNN HEROES award which is expected to take place in December this year.
The nomination was spearheaded by Prof. Lungu, with support from www.GhanaHero.com, the chairman and Board of Governors and other supporters and well-wishers of the Non Profitable Organization (NGO).
Reports say, the nomination of madam Lydia and her foundation comes after their extraordinary benevolent works towards community mental health and fight against drug abuse in Ghana. In the 2018 CNN Heroes award Award package, Prof Lungu notes that Madam Abena Manu truly deserves to win a CNN Heroes award to help her raise funds that will allow her NGO to provide more and better services to the growing population estimated to be 13% of all Ghanaians.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 21.6 million people living in Ghana, about 650,000 people suffer from severe mental disorders, and an additional 2,166,000 suffer from a moderate to mild mental disorder.
Since the founding of Willingway Foundation – Ghana in 2011, approximately 5,280 clients from all corners of Ghana have been served, and over 3,115 of those clients have returned to live independently in Ghanaian society.
As of 30 July, 2018, and the submission of the CNN Heroes Award nomination on behalf of Madam Manu by Prof Lungu, Willingway Foundation – Ghana, was hosting 72 clients (18 Women, 52 Men, and 2 Children) at the Mental Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Ejisu-Kwamo, in the Ashanti Region, Ghana.
According to CNN, selected nominees and winners will be hosted at the 2018 “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, during a live, global telecast that will air from the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York, USA.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kumasi based Otec FM’s broadcast journalist Evans Agyei Sikapa, Madam Lydia expressed her gratitude to the nomination as the move has boost her morale.
She said her nomination has shown that her works are being appreciated adding that the Award will motivate her to do more in terms of mental health care and drug abuse fight in Ghana especially amongst the youth.