The beating heart of the CTIW Foundation is advocacy through media broadcasting programmes. CTIW Foundation broadcasts daily on Ghanaian National Television as well as every weekend on DSTV Africa, Africa’s biggest satellite service in Africa (West, East and Southern Africa).
The Foundation produces 12,480 minutes of educational content and messages on God’s unconditional love for mankind every year (these are 8 episodes a week of 30 minutes).
The broadcast currently reaches about 1.1 million children and teenagers weekly. Due to inadequate access and high cost of internet data on the African continent, television is major medium of communication on the African continent, especially in most communities where there is no form of recreation and communal watching of television has become a daily tradition after late afternoon. Several families would come together to watch television, because not every household can afford their own tv-set.
The broadcasting programme encourages and gives hope to children and teenagers especially amid poverty and their daily struggle for survival. The programme touches on life values and ethics such as morals, honesty, integrity, love, uprightness, truthfulness, tolerance, conflict resolution, patience, mutual respect and encourages children, teenagers, and their families to avoid greed, unfaithfulness, deception, crime, selfishness, corruption, etc.
The programme adopts creative ways in advocacy such as discussion groups, panel discussions, music, poetry, dance, play acts, recitations, story telling, educational games etc in educating its audience.
Next to production days, we have a minimum of 2 training- and teaching days as part of our workshop/Forums designed to engage children, teens, and their families in small groups. In addition, our team maintains personal contact with the families of the participating children and teenagers by phone as well as by home visits.
Education Support Programme
The CTIW Foundation helps deprived schools in need improve quality of education and assists them cut down their cost of operation to enable them support the poor in their communities with scholarships.
This is done by the collection of donated school items such school furniture, computers, tablets, school boards, educative games and learning material, sports equipment, and more. These items are collected in the Netherlands and are donated by schools as well as individuals, which is then sent per container ship to the project country.
This helps the deprived schools to:
- Reduce their operational costs;
- Which enables them support poor families with education;
- Improve quality of education being offered.
With donation of these materials, the school makes teaching and learning more interactive, exciting, and attractive to their students. Students therefore become more enthusiastic about their education, become very punctual to school, are challenged to attend every class lesson, and pass their examinations more easily to enable them pursue higher education.
The results are
- Less school dropouts;
- Pursuit of higher education;
- Employment into decent paying jobs;
- Enough earnings to support the next generation and their families;
- Improve of local business of their parents through industrialization, technological advancement and recapitalization;
- Contribute to the development of their communities.
This impact breaks vicious circle of poverty.
School Fees Support Programme
The School Fees Support Programme helps families of children and teenagers in disadvantaged communities attend school and pursue their educational dreams. There are many families that need help, but the CTIW Foundation tries to identify families that need the support the most, for example in families where the bread winner (for example the father) has passed away or is not around anymore, families that are hit by sickness and high medical bills of one of their family members or have experienced other challenges and tragedies.
School Transport Project
The School Transport Project helps pupils who live a long distance from school with a bicycle to reduce the relatively high daily transport costs (bus, taxi, motortaxi) of attending school. In communities with no form of transport to their schools, the project saves students the fatigue and stress in walking to school daily. Walking to school daily makes them very tired, reduces their level of concentration, absorption and retention during class lessons, affects their academic performances leading to their inability to pass examinations to enable them to pursue higher education. This way, they are encouraged to come to school each day, keep trying to perform well and get good results. It also avoids the children having to quit school (because the distance is too large which makes them unable to come to school regularly or miss too many lessons which contributes to their failure to pass examinations.
Second-hand bicycles are collected and shipped to the project country. Bicycles remain in ownership of the school and the school is responsible for the maintenance of the bikes. If pupils do not take care well of the bikes and are showing irresponsible behaviour, it has consequences for their participation in the programme.
The impact of this project is big. It contributes to better accessibility to education, whereby children can now come to school every day and follow more lessons, which makes it easier for them to pass their exams and continue their school career.
Family Support Project
With this project, families that live under the poverty line will be helped by giving them training in certain career skill sets (e.g. carpentry, electricity, plumbing) so they are able to get a sustainable source of income and help them take care of their family.
Next to receiving training in a certain career skill, they will get the necessary tools and machinery, that they shall pay back as a loan to the CTIW Foundation.
Covid-19 Pandemic Livelihood Project
De Covid-19 pandemic has large economic consequences for Africa, especially for those who live below or around the poverty line and now have even less income to even have two square meals daily for themselves and their families.
That is why several donated relief supplies are collected for the purpose of shipping this to the project county. Think of clothing, baby- and children items, sheets and bedding, kitchen items, etc. Think of all kinds of essential items that a family needs on a daily basis.
Often these items are shipped in combination with other items used for other projects such as the school furniture, computers, bicycles. We use these extra supplies to fill every corner, ridge and hole of the container and in this way make maximum use of the available space.