LEMWEM International, a Christian Humanitarian and Non Governmental Organization established purposely to empower and lift people up from their deplorable conditions has been formally launched at the ECOWAS Hotel in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region. Founder and Executive Director, Pastor Patrice Kofi Adjei speaking to Agoo News said the word “LEMWEM” was adopted from a particular Cameroonian dialect meaning “to lift up”. He held that the organization would seek to transform lives from the “pauper to the prince”.
The organization was originally initiated three years ago with the dream of putting together an outreach programme that would affect lives of people from all walks of life positively. Pastor Patrice explained the organization will extend help to literates, illiterates and the disabled by identifying potentials through career counseling, career building and human resources development programmes.
A member of the board of directors of LEMWEM and Executive Secretary of Eastern View Ghana Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Nkawkaw, Pastor P.M.K. Arthur assured the general public that the board members are poised for action and will do everything within their individual powers that will eventually become collective to facilitate the organization reach its projected goal.
Pastor I.F. Boateng president of Eastern view Ghana conference of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Nkawkaw, also asserted in an interview that the idea behind the setting up of the organization is to give alms to the needy and also propagate the word of God to the deprived and underprivileged.
Director for Department of children, Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Mrs. Helena Obeng Asamoah who was also introduced as chair person for the board of LEMWEM promised that there will be periodic assessment on situation of less privileged in order to identify their needs and provide the necessary solutions. She stated further that those who have their rights and freedoms trampled upon should not hesitate to report to authorities. She urged the wealthy in society to help the less privileged.
President of Southern Ghana Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist church, Pastor T.T Ocran who was guest speaker for the programme advocated that Christianity is about serving the needy and not just the quest for salvation, quoting Matthew 25. He added that the organization will extend help to all manner of people and not only Adventists or Christians as perceived by some people stating that people should develop the attitude of helping the less privileged in society. He also urged all persons to be compassionate towards the destitute and needy.