ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND Clothe The Naked Outreach is a charitable, Non-profit, and Non-governmental organization, providing Clothing Assistance, Educational Opportunities, and Outreach Programs, for the less-privileged people, especially Orphans in Orphanages, Children in deprived communities, Mentally-Challenged People in Psychiatric Hospitals, and Prisoners, of Ghana - West Africa. Clothe The Naked Outreach was started by Stephen Quainoo to serve his passion for helping others, and also provide the platform for other young people to get involved in assisting less-privileged people in their communities for the development of their communities. Clothe The Naked was registered in Ghana W... read more ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND Clothe The Naked Outreach is a charitable, Non-profit, and Non-governmental organization, providing Clothing Assistance, Educational Opportunities, and Outreach Programs, for the less-privileged people, especially Orphans in Orphanages, Children in deprived communities, Mentally-Challenged People in Psychiatric Hospitals, and Prisoners, of Ghana - West Africa. Clothe The Naked Outreach was started by Stephen Quainoo to serve his passion for helping others, and also provide the platform for other young people to get involved in assisting less-privileged people in their communities for the development of their communities. Clothe The Naked was registered in Ghana West Africa in 2013 but has been operating in Ghana since 2010, and it has also been registered recently (2016) in the United States of America. The organization operates under the leadership of three Executive Directors, and has over 200 Ambassadors (Registered Members) around the world. VISION AND MISSION The vision of Clothe The Naked Outreach is to eradicate poverty and end every form of segregation between the privileged and the less-privileged people around the world. The mission of Clothe The Naked Outreach is to minimize the impacts of poverty and solitude, and empower the less-privileged people especially children in Ghana for a better future. OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS 1. We provide Clothing Assistance for the less-privileged people, especially orphans in Ghanaian orphanages, poor people in deprived areas of Ghana, mentally-challenged people in Psychiatric Hospitals of Ghana, and Prisoners of Ghana. By collecting clothes from those who have more than they need and distributing them to those who have less than needed, to avoid wastage of clothing resources which impacts negatively on our environment. This is our own way of reducing the visible impacts of poverty which is usually exhibited in the wearing of same old tattered clothes by above mentioned people. 2. We provide Educational Opportunities for the less-privileged children of Africa. Clothe The Naked Outreach runs a program known as the CTN SCHOLARSHIP AID which funds the education of orphans, abandoned children, and children from poor families in the deprived villages of Ghana, West Africa. The Aid funds the education of carefully selected beneficiaries from kindergarten to college/university. This is to equip these vulnerable children with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to change their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. 3. We organize Outreach Programs of visiting Orphanages, Deprived Villages, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Prisons, with Live Band Music, Counselors and Motivational Speakers, Clothes, as well as Food and Drinks to refresh the people who have found themselves in these unfortunate places. This is to draw closer to the people who have found themselves in these less-privileged communities, and influence their mentalities with rightful attitudes which can boost their self-confidence, self-esteems and hopes in life, enhance their interpersonal skills, and empower them to take extraordinary actions that can transform their lives for the better. 4. We provide recreational opportunities where the less-privileged children get to play and socialize with the privileged children. This is to reduce the gap between the less-privileged and privileged children, and also to boost the self-esteem of the less privileged children and increase their sense of belonging. 5. We have a platform which encourages young people to get involved in helping their communities by volunteering their free time, and paying monthly Dues. We call them the CTN Ambassadors, members of the Clothe The Naked Outreach. We currently have about 150 CTN Ambassadors in Ghana. Their monetary and physical contributions have been of tremendous help to our organization. 6. We provide Cultural Exchange Programs for privileged children from the Developed Countries, especially children from USA, to travel to Africa, to meet and live with their less-privileged age mates in Deprived Villages and Orphanages of Africa. This is to give the privileged children the opportunity to see how privileged they are to be having the opportunities that they usually take for granted. And also provide an opportunity for the less-privileged children to meet, interact, and make new friends with their co-equals from the other side of life. RECENT PROJECTS CTN Scholarship Aid: Clothe The Naked Outreach is currently funding the education of eight (8) less-privileged children. We are funding the total cost of education of these carefully selected beneficiaries through our CTN Scholarship Aid. The beneficiaries of the CTN Scholarship Aid receive their School Fees, Stationary, School uniforms, school bags, and footwears, school feeding and hostel fees when applicable, and all other things needed for a successful education. CTN is funding all their educational needs from kindergarten to college/university Love-Machete Project 2017: On the 8th April 2017, CTN Outreach undertook a "Love-Machete Project" at the Matse Ando and Matse Dorkpe deprived villages in the Volta Region of Ghana. Clothes and Shoes worth about GHS 7,000.00 and 140 quality Farm Machetes/Cutlasses worth about GHS 1,600.00 were distributed to the over 500 farmers and their families of the villages. Clothing Drive - Vakpo Konda: On the 23rd March 2017, We visited a very small and deprived village called Vakpo Konda around Hohoe in the Volta Region of Ghana to share clothes and shoes to the over 100 women and children of the village, as our second Clothing Drive for 2017. Clothing Drive - Agyinadono: On the 19th of January 2017, we visited a very small and poor village called Agyinadono near Akosombo in the Eastern Region of Ghana to share clothes, and shoes as our first Clothing Drive for 2017. We got there around 4pm and announced that we had brought children's clothes so whoever wanted some should bring their children to our car. In less than 3 minutes we were surrounded by a huge crowd of children and a few adults. We shared the clothes to each and every child ourselves - though difficult with some adults openly fighting over clothes for their children, we were done by 6pm, and it was good we did the sharing ourselves. Prisons Outreach 2016 On the 31st of December 2016, CTN Outreach was at the Maximum Security Prison of Ghana in Ankarful, to donate about 1000 pieces of clothes to all the prisoners. CTN also refreshed the prisoners with motivational talks, live band music, and drinks and pastries. Donation to Haiti: Thinking about the natural disaster which has worsened the already poor living conditions of Haiti - CTN USA donated a few items on the 24th of October 2016 to Haiti. We also donated this huge TV to the Goodwill Store. Refresh The Orphan Project 2016: Our Refresh The Orphan Project 2016 went down successfully at the Good Shepherd Orphanage in Kasoa Ghana on the 15th of October 2016. We went to this orphanage with food and drinks to dine with the children, A live Band to entertain the children with good music, counselors to advice the children, and various games to play with them. Spending our day with the children was very fulfilling. We also donated clothes, shoes, slippers, soaps, toiletries, games, etc. to the orphanage My Love Machete Project 2016: On the 5th of March 2016, CTN Outreach undertook a "My Love-Machete Project" at the Bepotuntum and Abodom villages in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Clothes and Farm Machetes/Cutlasses were distributed to all households of the villages. THE PROBLEM: Poverty in Ghana is predominantly rural. 70% of the country's poor people live in rural areas where they have limited access to basic social services, safe water, all-year roads, electricity and telephone services (IFAD, 2006b). Due to the high rate of poverty in the rural areas of Ghana, families in the villages do not only lack food, shelter, proper healthcare, educational facilities, water, and electricity but also clothing, and funds for formal education. Villagers are seen wearing the same oversize and overused tattered clothes almost all year round. Some of the clothes that the rural dwellers, especially children, wear are not fit to be used even as rugs in many homes in the cities. It is so common to see a child who has just about 2 to 5 clothes which he/she wears all year round. Children here are also seen walking in the community, to school, and to church or mosque bare-footed. On the other hand, due to inadequate funding, orphans in orphanages, mentally challenged patients in Psychiatric Hospitals, and prisoners in Ghana suffer similar fate with regard to clothing. According to the latest statistics released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, Ghana has over 1 million orphans and the numbers continue to grow. About 4,500 of these children are in orphanages. All orphanages in Ghana seek support from the kind-hearted people of the public to take care of the orphans under their care. Also, on papers, the government of Ghana is supposedly clothing and feeding mentally sick patients in Psychiatric Hospitals. But in reality, the psychiatric hospitals need a lot of assistance to survive. Another major challenge facing children in the villages of Ghana is the lack of money to finance their formal education. There are many children in the villages who are not schooling, indicating clearly that, even the subsidized basic education in Ghana is still not affordable to the villagers. Others are able to start but are not able to complete junior high, and those who are able to finish junior high school end their formal education there, mostly for financial reasons.
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