Grand Opening - Narconon Ghana
In 2002, Joe Appiah of Accra, Ghana, was licensed by Narconon® International and began delivering drug education presentations. Since that time he has reached well over 20,000 school children and adults.
On February 27, 2004, Narconon Ghana held its official grand opening. This event was held at the Aviation Social Centre in order to accommodate the 400 people attending.
Joe Appiah, Executive Director of Narconon Ghana,
speaking to the guests at the opening ceremony
Crowd at Narconon Ghana Grand Opening
Music and Dance Performance
Narconon Grand Opening Ghana
The event opened with a traditional Ghanaian dance and music performance. Later on the local students performed a captivating anti-drug drama.
Florence Linda Eshen, Assistant Director of the Ghana Education Service and Chairperson of the event, ackowledged the work being done by the Narconon program and the importance of addressing the drug problem as well as the AIDs problem.
Speakers and guests were Gloria Asandoh (Department of Prisons), Solomon Stanley Ayo (Deputy Chief, Narcotics Control Board), Florence Linda Eshen (Chairperson), Daniel Akwasis Amakwah (Head of Demand Reduction Narcotics Control Board), Eugene Addo (of the Food and Drugs Board), and many other representatives of the community.
Officials and guest speakers
grand opening of Narconn Ghana
Clark Carr, President
of Narconon Intl, speaking
at Grand Opening of Narconon Ghana
This same day, following the grand opening, a second event was held at the Narconon center to introduce the Narconon program to the local community. The Narconon Youth Club, who have been very active promoting anti-drug messages, gave several presentations and a drama about the consequences of drug abuse.
Local press, TV and radio stations covered the event. It wasn't long before Joe received several calls from public asking help for family members or themselves.
First Step Workshop
Narconon Drug Withdrawal
Following the grand opening, Narconon Ghana organized a First Step workshop. The 100 attendees drilled the basics of the program, exchanging nerve assists, locationals and making cal/mag.
Here is one of the many successes from the workshop:
"I recommend that the establishment of Narconon be commended by the government of the country. I personally hope to support Narconon with any and all my efforts."
~~ Executive at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
A follow-up meeting occured with the
Narcotics Control Board executives
who want to help establish a drug rehab center.
The Narconon team paid a visit to the
Accra Psychiatric Hospital and
introduced the First Step drug withdrawal
techniques to their patients and staff.
Narconon Ghana Staff and Volunteers
Narconon International congratulates the staff of, and welcomes Narconon Ghana into their new quarters. We look forward to their future expansion and the increased number of lives saved in their area.
- See also: Narconon Drug Rehab Ghana - Activities