By Inusa Musah .
Queens and queenmothers have come under one umbrella to be ambassadors against the effects of alcohol and drug abuse among the youth especially.
The ambassadors are drawn from the different traditional areas in Ghana to form AA Commaid Foundation, under the Executive Directorship of Naana Adiki Manyeyo Adi I, Adibiawe Divisional Queen.
The AA Commaid Foundation started in 2013, and launched its five-year project to fight the effects of alcohol and drug abuse in 2018.
The project, which is in two phases, saw the first phase starting in October 2018, when 20 selected queens and queenmothers from ten regions attended a sensitisation and design thinking workshop for the development of a comprehensive and sustainable alcohol and drug abuse prevention programme for the youth and teens in Ghana.
The workshop gave birth to the phase two, which is to implement three core sensitisation and prevention programmes in some selected districts in Kwabre East, Sandema, Yilo Krobo, Logba and Accra.
In these areas, the AA Commaid Foundation would engage in school talk shows, community durbars and radio discussions on the subject matter, with the overall goal aimed at inspiring the promotion of youth empowerment and leadership for sustainable socio-economic development in line with Ghana’s developmental agenda by 2030, thereby, contributing to the attainment of three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are good health and well-being, quality education, and decent work and economic growth.
The theme for the second phase of the project is: ‘It takes a Village to raise a Champion’, with the ‘Village’ representing all stakeholders whose contributions are needed to educate and salvage the youth and teens from the adverse consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.
The AA Commaid Foundation liaises with the Ministry of Health, Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Mental Health to school its members on the grave consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.