Oum el Nour-Liberia gets compound from World Lebanese Cultural Union, renovation begins.
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
The new leadership of the World Lebanese Cultural Union of Liberia, led by its President, Ahmed Wazni, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, turned over the keys of a compound in Congo Town to the Board of Oum El Nour Liberia, Inc., to renovate and subsequently host its headquarters as well as a facility to address issues of drug abuse in Liberia.
Oum el Nour (The mother of light) is a Lebanese non-profit, non-governmental organization that addresses drug addiction as a pervasive problem and adopts a comprehensive approach to drug rehabilitation. The organization was established by Bishop Guy Paul Noujaim in Lebanon to focus on transforming individuals who are under the influence of drugs and bring them to the rehabilitation center in order to become better citizens.
When it becomes operational, the center will be involved in prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of drug users or drug addicts into the society.
The department of prevention at Oum el Nour-Liberia will be involved in creating awareness in various communities and schools about the dangers of using drugs, while addressing the root causes of why people are led into substance abuse.
At Oum el Nour-Liberia, there will be a reception department that will receive calls from parents, drug users and others who may want to take their children and relatives there for treatment. This department will provide private and confidential interviews with substance users and their families.
The center is expected to provide treatment for everyone without any form of discrimination for gender, race, religion or nationality.
Through its prevention programs, Oum el Nour has reached out to more than 20,000 people, including youths, parents and educators every year and has helped more than 6,600 patients overcome drug addiction over the years since it was established.
The president of the World Lebanese Cultural Union of Liberia told the Daily Observer that as part of their social responsibility to this country, they decided to sponsor the project in Liberia to positively impact Liberians, especially those who are drug users, to make them productive citizens through earmarked activities at Oum el Nour-Liberia.
The turnover ceremony was witnessed by the Lebanese Ambassador to Liberia Henri Kastoun, former Public Works Minister Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II and senior executives of World Lebanese Culture Union of Liberia including Najib Tannous, 1st vice president, among others.