Thank you for being there for me.

acroghana
Posted April 14, 2020 from Ghana

Teaching, Accountancy and planning are my interest areas. The concern for healthy social development, children interest, youth discipline and capacity development as well as safety net for the socially excluded, motivated me to establish ACRO Ghana in 2004.

My name is Adu Adjei, a son representing my mother, Madam Akosua Badu, who did not go school but still took interest to give me school education. School education which has made me who I am today.

She is old about 78 now. During the period I lived with her together, I knew her, and she inculcate into me the spirit and the need to support children and youth as she struggled to care for me as a single parent. My mother is me and I am my mother.

The noble mission in the service of humanity kept my passion soaring across the globe seeking to bring to the attention of the international community the need to create opportunities for children and the youth to guarantee world peace and harmony.

The reason my mother was a single parent and I not having a father to give birth to me is another story to tell soon. This opportune me to be concerned about the needy and the deprived. In Ghana where I hail from, has characteristics of any developing country with non-existence of social services.

The purpose of ACRO Ghana is to create conditions for an inclusive society and take care of one another. This is the way we used to live. While I was growing up as a young boy in our village, Kyeremasu, Ghana. The result was harmony and patriotism. Of course, with time passing by things could not be done the same way; however, we could not deviate from practices that are useful and vehicle good values.

Due to population and poverty increase, we are fleeing from our responsibilities and most often we expect someone else to perform. This has brought disaffection and created tensions between friendly relationships.

My focus is to use sports, as my mother commissioned me, is to highlight the need for us to get involved actively in our community affairs to improve our standard of living and live happily with each other. My aim is also to help set achievable goals for communities and work hard to reach clear targets, to help the young generation identify to role models likely to reach broad populations among the communities.

Another goal is to use sports to slow down the rapid increase in prison numbers and to use sports as a platform in every community to inform them of their civic rights and responsibilities. President John F. Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. This philosophy ought to be taught to the people to get rid of the colonial mentality of distancing from community which need their full support to function.

As a kid from rural community where illiteracy is so high, there ought to be some form of intervention to raise the level of human right awareness, both domestically with children and at the official level. The youth need to be trained to take responsibility and be held accountable for their formation as future leaders.

Most of all, ACRO Ghana aims to study the use of sports to effect social change in respect to re-offences. The study will find out in our sports communities were capable to influence ex-convicts to re-direct their strengths to support themselves and encourage community growth. For example, one of our projects tries to capitalize on the people’s passion for football to support other communal projects which would be used as alternatives to imprisonment, punishment, civil offences. We believe this could also be a starting point for ex-convicts to re-integrate society.

My mother is me and I am my Mother, Madam Akosua Badu. Mama thank you for being there for me. God bless you.

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Hello Adu,

Nice to meet you:-) Thanks so much for sharing some of your background information, organizational goals and mission, as well as how your mom inspired you. It was her idea to empower students and ex-convicts?

I hope you're having a good, safe day and week!

acroghana
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thank you again Jill. We are safe and healthy.
Yes, my Mum as soon as I won CMB (Cocoa Marketing Board) Scholarship to go to Secondary School, illiterate as She is took appointment in our Town's secondary school to be a cook. Though I did attend the same school, through my Mother's help to many of the students, some are still my friends. Mama wants us to go school to learn and I am proud of her that all my siblings attended Schools to higher levels.
She also believes that, we as humans are not perfect, the reason she thinks people should have second chances after learning from mistakes. She had even advocated for Communual sentencing in place of Prisons. She believes Prison sentencing apart from prople who could be dangerous to society, does not benefit the State who pays the costs as well as the Victim who get nothing after Imprisonment.
Thank you as always for your encouragement and responses to my posts.

Jill Langhus
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

You're welcome! Great to hear.

She's amazing, and you're very fortunate to have her as such a strong role model/encourager/supporter.

You're welcome.

Hope you have a good, safe weekend.

Anita Shrestha
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thank you for sharing

acroghana
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

I appreciate your interests, stay safe and blessed.

Vanora.Lee
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

So glad how your mum brought you up and nurtured you all positives though never been to school. Thanks for your shaing. You and your mum, stay safe, stay well, stay happiness!

acroghana
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Thank you very much! For my mother, women my love. Stay healthy and safe as well.

Adanna
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020

Your mother must be proud of you:-)
Thank you for sharing.

Keep making her proud.

Cheers,
Adanna

acroghana
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Thank you, She is my Love. Stay healthy, stay safe

Chi8629
Apr 23, 2020
Apr 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing Sister.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Apr 27, 2020
Apr 27, 2020

Thanks ACRO Ghana for sharing your inspiring dream and for honouring your mother's wishes.

Sports is just more than a game because it teachers youngsters to focus and to keep out of danger.

It is very encouraging to see your initiative which aims to reintegrate ex-convicts into society while keeping others out of jail.

Very impressive and I wish you all the best. Please keep us updated. Thanks.