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A community where every person irrespective of their social status or limitation is functional, productive and is able to contribute to the development of the community they live in.

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Living With Disabilities Quality Life Initiative Empowerment Initiative. The Charlotte Fund


FOUNDER'S ADDRESS Established as a Non Governmental Organization, C.R.A.F.T. has been committed to its mission of creating an enabling environment through achievable and sustainable initiative aimed at promoting change, one issue at a time. With the tremendous support, shared values, concerns and dreams of a better society of our team, C.R.A.F.T. is able to identify social issues affecting the marginalized groups, individuals and communities. Working with our marginalized communities of people with disabilities, we realised that the complicated problems of this community cannot be understood through the narrow perspective of corporate organizations or government. Their solutions to the societal problems associated with our communities of PWDs are inadequate and it is our responsibilities as individuals of the society to fill in the gaps by coming together to initiate sustainable initiatives aligned with long-term social goals. It is time to change our stories. Together we form a movement, a unified voice advocating for a better society as we start with awareness creation and move for inclusion of PWDs in the society. The implication of this movement cannot be overstated as in the long-term, our collective efforts will bear fruits for even generations unborn. Join

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OUR STORY People with Disabilities (PWDs) often encounter attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent their full, equal and active participation in society. We have relationships with individuals and associations such as Ghana Blind Union, Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, other NGOs as well as the Accra Rehabilitation Centre we combat the stigmatization of the People with Disabilities in Ghana. Currently, we are working with individuals to share their experiences and give hope to a larger community through our “living with disability� campaign. The objective is to bring to the general public at large exclusive insights to the daily life, struggles, passion and ways of life of persons with disability. Our efforts are directed towards specific and identified disadvantaged groups. Our involvement of the people of the community in our operational activities is conscious, internal and democratic.


OUR MISSION To create an enabling environment through achievable and sustainable initiatives aimed at promoting change, one issue at a time. To be the advocating voice of the people, promoting and advancing their interests.

OUR PHILOSOPHY At C.R.A.F.T., we understand team work and thus encourage the involvement of other organizations; community based groups, government agencies as well as individuals that share our vision. Our involvement of the people of the community in our operational activities is conscious, internal and democratic.


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CREDIBILITY: We cultivate a culture based on credibility with all our actions and decisions governed by placing the highest of values on the interest of the people of the community. INNOVATION: We are open to challenges that offer opportunities to find new paths to positive change. TRANSPARENCY: We are transparent in our dealings with the public, donors, partners, beneficiaries, and other interested parties and we make efforts to inform the public about our work and the origin and use of our resources. ACCOUNTABILITY: We are accountable for our actions and decisions, primarily to the community we serve, and also to our funding agencies, staff and volunteers, members, partner organizations, and the public at large. PUBLIC MINDEDNESS: We have a spirit of public mindedness. We exhibit a responsible and caring attitude toward the environment in all of our activities. We recognize that our conducts and activities impact on the public’s perception of us and that we share responsibility for the public’s trust in us. COOPERATION BEYOND BORDERS: We have a shared responsibility to address the serious challenges confronting our community. Significant progress toward community rehabilitation can be fostered through interreligious, intercultural, and interracial work, and across artificial barriers of politics, race, and ethnicity that tend to separate people and their institutions. We maintain ethical, cooperative relationships with other NGOs, and partner where possible and appropriate for the sake of the greater public good. We are willing to work beyond these borders, within the limits of our constitutions and policies with organizations and individuals that share common values and objectives. COMPREHENSIVE VIEWPOINT: We seek to understand, without prejudice, the needs and circumstances of all sides in any issue we research into.


FUNDRAISING Our fundraising policy is designed to guide the fundraising activities by ensuring that all funding needs are clearly identified and decisions as to which project should receive priority are made by the appropriate committee on a regular and coordinated basis. At C.R.A.F.T., we work to maintain a proper balance between cost and revenue and to keep fundraising costs to an acceptable percentage of revenue.

PARTNERS/SPONSORS C.R.A.F.T. will work with allies and partners across the African states and beyond. These alliances, projects and strategic partnerships will be with individuals, corporate organizations, not for profit organizations, Governmental entities, educational institutions and other interested parties that share our vision and mission.


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Advocating for the rights of people with disability Community Service and Volunteerism Public sensitization of needs of PWDs Living with disability workshops


Quality Life Initiative With our sustainable Life Initiative, we work with communities, groups and individuals to introduce a sustainable long term solutions to our health needs thereby improving the quality of life of the marginalized group in our communities.


Empowerment Initiatives We aim to readdress economic inequalities such as skills development and socio-economic development amongst people with disabilities by improving access to information and resources for decision making which will improve upon self image and overcome stigma. Our objective is to create an environment where the marginalized are self sufficient and independent to make economic decision and implement change in their lives and the lives of others.


The Charlotte Fund The Charlotte Fund is to provide and ensure continuing education of identified children with special needs. Together with parents, we initiate programs which will ensure that children with special needs remain in school while we restore the faith in the usefulness of education to guardians, parents and communities at large.


GET INVOLVED We understand the importance of all members and we solicit their opinion and ideas and they are regularly included in discussions and decision making process. The cause we stand for is worth supporting. Join us. Get involved.

Become a trustee

The Trustees ensure that the project runs smoothly and we do a good job! Do you have experience in: • Project Development • Funds Management • Legal Services • Social Works If you have a little time to spare to support your local community we would like to hear from you. Please contact us for more information.

Become an Advocate Advocates make sure that the people's views are heard and that in working together with these groups, they get the help they need. Advocates make a real difference to people's lives. We only require a little of your time to spare but you do need to be reliable.


Sponsor a Project or Event We value our partnership with you and will ensure to serve as good stewards of your support of our work financially as well as with donations of time, technical skills and other resources. We are committed to delivering valuable benefits and positive partnership experience to each of our sponsors. Contact us to find out more.

Help with Fundraising We need your ideas on how we can raise money for C.R.A.F.T. Would you be interested in: • Planning and organizing a fund raising event for us • Joining our Fundraising Committee Please contact us if you can help.


Batter skills or services

Do you often find yourself wanting to do something for a good worthy cause but lack the funds to make cash donations? Are you skilled or provide services in areas of; Photography Publishing/Printing Videography Graphic Designs and Creativity Social Services Office Administration Legal Advice Strategic Development Others When you batter skills or services, you are investing in a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and a stronger community.


Donate

We rely on your generosity and support to be able to achieve our goals. If you are touched by our vision, please include C.R.A.F.T. in your charitable giving.Your gift is tax deductible to the extent of the law Please contact us: donate@craft-africa.org

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C.R.A.F.T. accepts the donation of; 1 . Medical Aid and supplies for the disabled. 2. General Medicare supplies. 3. Educational Materials and Aids.


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Our guidelines to submission of articles Contributing an article for use by CRAFT does not attract any form of compensation By submitting an article, you give CRAFT the permission to use your materials for our print and electronic media Your article must be original piece of work. Should it include the works of others, you are responsible for obtaining permission to use their works prior to submission to CRAFT. Your articles should serve to inform and educate rather than promotional piece. All articles submitted will be reviewed and edited where appropriate. Please include photographs and/or graphics if possible. All articles should be in editable format, preferably word document. A brief bio of contributor including name, city, country, profession and e-mail address should also be included.

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Volunteer

Are you interested in any of our projects? Do you wish to play an active role in undertaking any of our projects or campaigns? Do you have a time to spare? We would like to hear from you. We can find rewarding opportunities for you to support our work from helping with our campaigns, workshops to our craft store or helping with support groups.


Share your experience

Personal experiences and views are a powerful way of raising awareness. By sharing your experience with us, you help and offer hope to others in similar situation as well as help us address issues. There are various ways you can share your experience. You can submit your story via email or we can come to you for your story.

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Join a support group in your area Our support groups are designed to encourage members to provide each other help usually unprofessional and immaterial for a shared condition. Join our communities of people facing similar challenges, medical conditions, disability issues and find people who understand exactly what you are going through. Help someone as you help yourself!


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