CTN LOVE-MACHETE PROJECT
Love-Machete Project is our annual event which basically involves visiting a deprived farming community with Clothes and Farm-Machetes (Cutlasses), with the purpose of reducing the physical impacts of poverty which is usually seen in the wearing of same-old tattered clothes by the poor villagers, and empowering them with farming tools to enable them to farm and feed themselves and their families.
Love-Machete Project reduces the physical impacts of poverty which is usually seen in the wearing of same-old tattered clothes by people living in deprived communities, and it empowers beneficiaries with farming tools to enable them farm to feed themselves and their families.
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. 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, many 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.
It is also important to note that, more than enough farmlands is mostly available for people in deprived villages of Ghana, but tools and other resources needed for a successful farming is always a challenge. Poverty, especially hunger, is the direct result of the inability of such people to farm