A non-governmental organisation, known as Naabea Ansrogya Odi I Foundation, has been launched at Akuapem Akropong, aimed at serving as a special purpose vehicle to empower girls and women and improve the welfare of children.
The foundation, launched over the weekend, focuses on scholarship scheme, vocational training, mentorship and economic empowerment for women in the area.
The launch of the foundation followed the installation of a US-based Ghanaian, Joyce Odi, as the Gyaasehemaa of the Tufohene of Akuapem Akropong and the Asona Family of Aburi.
Ms Odi, who would now be known and called by the stool name, Naabea Ansrogya Odi I, in launching the foundation said it had become necessary that women in the area are empowered to become economically stable to be able to manage their own lives well.
“Today that I have been enstooled as Gyaasehemaa in Akuapem, the most important thing that I am passionate about are the children. As a mother with children, every child’s problem is a concern to me and because of that I need to ensure that every child who is in need of help is given the necessary help.
“I’m here to also contribute my part to ensure that we develop as a country. My foundation is mostly targeting children and women in our society since I am passionate about their welfare,” she said.
Speaking at a colourful ceremony to instal Naabea Ansrogya Odi I, Tufohene of Akuapem Akropong, Nana Korankye Bediatuo II-Otutu Abrempong, explained that the Gyaasehemaa stool had remained vacant for the past two decades and was, therefore, apt to enstool a new one to play her supporting traditional role in the enforcement of traditional by-laws for development of Okuapeman.
He admonished the newly enstooled Gyaasehemaa not to follow the steps of her predecessors who failed to return from abroad after their coronations, thereby leaving the seat vacant.