Community Service

CHRAD organized empowerment workshop

The Cradle of Hope for Relief and Development (CHRAD) seeks to improve the professional well-being of present and future generations in communities where it operates by helping to achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources and its effective and judicious utilization.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) otherwise Non-Profit Organization (NPO) and Community Based Organization (CBOs) are all agents of change that collaborate with donor agencies to implement programs intended to address challenges in deprived communities.

Depending on the NGO focus areas, prioritized grants are directed by donors to address the specific need of the community such as providing clean drinking water, providing classroom blocks, providing teaching and learning aid, etc.

Over the years, donor grants for all these projects earmarked specifically for deprived communities are rapidly reducing because of some challenges such as:

1) Lack of transparency in the utilization of funds received for projects which cause donors to lose trust.

2) Inappropriate and or untimely interventions of projects leading to poor results

3) A poor budgetary allocation of resources and this often leads to suspicion on the part of the donors.

4) Lack of clarity in report writing which denies the organization the opportunity to justify positions.

5) Poor collaboration with the beneficiary community

6) Lack of strategies to mobilize resources to implement programs. Etc

Having identified these challenges that are hindering the progress of NGOs, CBOs in the community, CHRAD in collaboration with Global Giving organized a one (1) day workshop for NHOs and CBOs at the Buduburam Settlement. 46 participants from various organizations attended.

Speeches were made by the Director of CHRAD, Mr. Varney Sambola II who was then the chairman of the Liberian Refugee Welfare Council and the Representative from Global Giving.

Discussions were held as well as questions and answers from the participants to clear doubts.

At the end of the workshop, participants expressed appreciation to CHRAD for the training since it was the first of its kind. They pleaded with the organizers to expand the initiative and were able to uncover an individual’s weakness and addressed the same.

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Brainstorming Exercise

The benefits of brainstorming include an opportunity to pull the jumbled ideas from your head and get them out – either audibly or on paper. Seeing or discussing these ideas can help you give them detail and shape, increasing the likelihood of finding something innovative. We constantly meet and discuss on the way forward on any issues that affects our target beneficiaries and the image of our organisation.

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Items for Donation

At every donation, we gather community and opinion leaders and along with the primary beneficiaries. Speeches are made to clarify the purpose of the donation as well as inspire school children on efficient utilization of the materials. Above here is a photograph of the community leaders during one of our donations.

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CHRAD intesifies counseling program

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the adolescence stage is concerned with children between ages 10-19 years. During this period, they go through a lot of stress and strain and encounter a series of developmental challenges. The situation with former refugees and some with no parental care further compounds the issue.

The over twenty (20) years of exile life strongly supports the evidence that most of these young ones were either brought to Ghana at a tender age or were born at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement. For this reason, the majority of them have either weak or no connecting families in Liberia. This and many more individual reasons including feedback from those who returned into exile from Liberia has been the main reason to continue to keep former refugees in exile.

At the Settlement, they survive at the mercy of well-wishers daily. Education has become a privilege to some of them hence increasing the number of street children loitering around. Some are therefore being gradually influenced to involve in bad habits such as Commercial sex activities, petty theft, and drug abuse.

These children are our target beneficiaries for which we are seeking funding to help them since they are innocent, less experienced, with no good parental care. Besides, our philosophy is “no dead-end kid” in other words; all children regardless of tribe, religious background, or gender must be given all necessary support to actualize their fullest potential. By doing so, we, as people would be grooming assets to help minimize human resource waste.

Considering all these facts, and taking into consideration that, counseling is one of our core areas of service, we have initiated an effort to give more importance to issues concerning the adolescent age group with regards to skills acquisition as well as their social lives. We do so believing that it is one of the important modality of treatment for the adolescent-related problems. Your support in a variety of ways and regardless of size; will be appreciated, well utilized, and accounted for.

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CHRAD organized In-service Training workshop for Teachers

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Involving community Leaders in project implementation

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TRRR donate to the Budubram Refugee Community

Upon the visit of the delegation of TRRR to the Buduburam in 2013, and direct interactions with the former refugees and some community leaders, TRRR saw the need to establish a scholarship program to be managed by the Leadership of Cradle of Hope for Relief and Development.

Presently, 20 vulnerable school children from various schools within the refugee community are benefiting from the initiative. The selection of these children was critically analyzed along with the various schools to certify the criteria of academic performance and need the base.

Despite huge demand to expand the initiative to cover many as 500 and more vulnerable children, the initiative presently caters to the 20 beneficiaries with tuition fees only.

Quite aside from the scholarship initiatives, the delegation donated cash and some teaching and learning aid to the community through CHRAD.

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) is a community of discourse, focusing on religious responses to issues of race (and similarly functioning ethnic or cultural markers of social otherness) within contemporary western cultures.

At the heart of the TRRR initiative is a concern that a current obstacle to addressing persistent racial problems in many western contexts is that “race” is increasingly dismissed as a category of explanation for social problems—even where blacks find themselves disproportionately enduring adverse social dynamics and conditions.

TRRR wants to ensure that where race is an accurate and useful explanation for social problems and potential solutions that it receives appropriate attention.

Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics (including faith-based, civil society, and governmental leaders).

Cradle of Hope for Relief and Development has been identified and partnered to channel educational support to vulnerable children in the Buduburam community, Ghana.

We are grateful for the gesture of TRRR and the partnership while calling on well-wishers and donor community to support us to be able to expand our services of address pertinent educational challenges to the vulnerable children in society.

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