CTN CLOTHING DRIVE PROJECT
The CTN Clothing Drive Project basically involves soliciting clothes from people who have more clothes than needed, and giving them to less-privileged people in deprived communities who have less clothes than they need. This project helps us to redistribute clothing resources to fulfill our mission of reducing the physical impact of poverty which is commonly seen in the wearing of same old and tattered clothes all the time by less-privileged people in the deprived communities, especially the rural areas of Ghana. It ensures the optimum use of clothing resources, and it also helps to reduce environmental pollution by reducing the amount of clothes which may end up at the dumping sites and gutters.
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. 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. 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.
Meanwhile, most people in, even the cities of Ghana (not to talk about people in developed countries), have more clothes in their closets than they have ever needed. There are people who buy new clothes not because they need new clothes, but because they have scheduled shopping times that they follow. Such people have clothes in their closets that they many never wear till they die. Clothes that are still in very good shape may never be worn again because they have new ones. There are also people who see clothes and buy them only to get home and realize they do not fit well, or they just do not really want those clothes anymore.Such new and old clothes which are still in good shape remains in the closets of their owners till they rot. Others are thrown away which end up at the dumping sites and burnt to increase the already alarming environmental pollution which the country is facing. Those that do not end up at dumping sites to be burnt end in gutters blocking the flow of sewage in our existing poor drainage systems resulting in floods.