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  Hallo allemaal. Lang geleden. Maar niet stilgezeten. Morgen komt de september nieuwsbrief in uw bus, dus als hij niet verschijnt, check dan even uw trash? Dus de nieuwsbrief morgen en nu het verslag van de gezellige vergadering waar vrienden en bestuursleden zich aan elkaar voorstelden en brainstormden over het...

Annual report 2016

Daar friends, Thanks to our new webmaster Steve the annual report Ghana 2016 is on line. Click on statements-reports and then annual report. Our team is proud of the achievements over last year. Mr. Fosu the tailor, who in January 2017 returned with a sewing machine to his village...

Nakomertje

Vanmorgen om tien uur werden de volle loffers geladen. Om kwart over tien een berichtje: “kan ik kinderkleding brengen?” “Ja graag, Lydia.” Een nakomertje dus… en daarom nog een enkele maal de ‘best africa bestelservice’ voor ons huis voor ze vanaf november alleen nog vanaf Astrid’s adres in Zoetermeer opgehaald...

De maandelijkse lading voor clear mind ghana

En ja hoor daar gaan ze weer. Deze keer ach koffers en een schommelstoel voor de kleermaker van clear mind ghana. Dank weer aan allen die meehielpen, speciaal Regina en Brabants Lederwarenhuis voor de koffers en Astrid en Roosje van kringloop  1eklas2ehands in Zoetermeer die ons aan eindeloos veel kinderkleding heeft geholpen en...

Regina en Brabants Lederwarenhuis op de Fred in Den Haag

Regina schreef dit verhaaltje onlangs voor de Posthoorn van Den Haag: Mooi initiatief van de Brabantse Lederwarenwinkel in de Fred.  Onze samenleving zou een stukje menselijker worden als we allemaal in actie zouden komen zoals de leiding van het Brabants Lederwarenhuis in de Frederik Hendriklaan. Tijdens een verblijf van...

Sad

That’s how it is: “Tough love” and unending optimism is needed in walking with people with addiction. When you, one of our group, starts drinking again and you are unable to stop … and repeatedly your make your appearance while intoxicated… then dont pretend anymore.  Take the path that...

Gered Gereedschap helpt Clear Mind verslavingszorg in Ghana.

22 Mei 2016In September 2015 mochten we van Gered Gereedschap in den Haag drie naamachines, een kist met timmergereedschap en steenbewerkingsmateriaal meenemen naar ons project in Nkoranza, Ghana.De Clear Mind Foundation (www.operationclearmind.com) is een kleinschalig project waar mensen met een verslaving kunnen afkicken maar ook geholpen worden hun persoonlijke...

New Art To Buy

25-02-2016The past few weeks  artists in Ghana have been quite busy. They made a lot of new art that we sell. We proudly present you some of the art that is available to you.- Clear Mind bags made from plastified flourbags and ghanaprint, 5 euro.- Painted wood panels, 15 euro.-...

Two new clients

18-02-2016Yesterday two clients, one from Nkoranza, a guy I had delivered myself by way of c.section, and a young boy from Berekum. Heavy drinkers both. Both accompanied by a parent, the Berekum boy by his mother, the C.S.guy by his father, who I know. Hope they will both return...

I asked our Angel

08-02-2016Today i met a middle aged man who wants help for smoking cannabis, drinking half bottle gin and smoking cocaïne for twenty years. He now finds it tiresome and too expensive, his wife complains and he doesn't live the life that he meant "Wow you gave a problem what...

The Grand Day

07-02-2016I had wanted to keep it short but have to show even more than 30 pictures of a ... GRAND DAY! Thank you Clear Mind Team. Thank You Nana. Thank you Nkoranza. Thank you all the churches and generous people and Thank you Kofi Asare drumming band! You created...

Struisvogel

07-02-2016Wat doet die grote vreemde vogel in onze straat? Het beeld van Richard Acheampong komt statig door Nkoranza rijden om op de verandah van Clear Mind te komen staan, jawel! Nog net op tijd voor de launching morgen. Ook krijgen moeder- en kindvogels nog een laatste schoonheidsbeurt voor het...

Broadcast

29-01-2016Ready for today broadcast about the launching of Clear Mind next week Sunday. Quite a team, Ask Gid, Paakwasi. Keane Evans(!) and myself. Next Friday again and then last call next week sunday early morning

Kwasi

26-01-2016Kwasi has no more fever, he recovered fast. He has become part of Clear Mind and will be the person to permanently sleep at the newly to be opened night quarters of Clear Mind and look after the newcomers. Kwasi will be the night nurse, the sickbrother.

Big event February 7

19-01-2016Big event Sunday afternoon february 7 at the lorrypark of Nkoranza. We wish you would all be there to help launch the Clear Mind Foundation for Alcohol Addiction Care in Nkoranza. Interesting testimonies, auction of art and gifts and much more. Let Nkoranza and Ghana experience that there is...

New update

15-01-2016Sometimes someone simply disspears at the Clear Mind center and sometimes somebody unexpectedly shows up again. Im almost used to it now.Monday i welcomed a new guy who fervently explained he wanted to stop drinking, with our help and at the Gallery. An hour later he left to the...

Aprons

12-01-2016Kwame goes off to work with some apron-examples for the taylor. When he reaches 'the gate' (the Clear Mind shop), some people there will shout: "sikkani, here comes Kwame sikkani". Here comes Kwame the rich man. Kwame loves it. Everybody likes me, he says. You can buy these aprons...

Come and go

08-01-2016Come and go, come and go... but some are here to stay. The carpenter is now in his third week and the taylor in his first.Honestly i cant even believe that in Holland we found people to give us, yes exactly ... carpentry tools and sewing machines. Are the...

Waiter training

07-01-2016Kwame Evans is waiter in training at the Clear Mind Gallery.So today he had to 'do the whole thing' from taking the order (two Milo chocolade Milk and two bread) to making the customer feel at home, place a cup in front of him and packages of milo, nido...

Sala

07-01-2016Sala's father from up North honoured his daugther and us with a visit late yesterday night. (7pm, after dark, is late). " "Welcome, my husband", this time it was me who said it, adding him with priority to my collection of husbands. "Sala is my one and only daughter...

The carpenter

06-01-2016Today the Carpenter has been sober for 3 weeks and started to work carpentry work at the gallery, little stools to start with. O "gered gereedschap", your tools could not have arrived at a better time! He has a saw, a plane and what not, all he needs and...

New collection

06-01-2016New collection available at the Clear Mind Art Gallery:2 genuine paintings (framed if desired) from the wellknown Tamale artist Osfa. 250 and 300 cedis (65 and 75 cedis).2 Genuine Fox paintings, 250 cedis each, 75 euro each.Natural teak 'slices' for decoratieve dishes or cheese plates. Between 8 and 25...

ClearMind

05-01-2016Clear Mind is a place where Bob and I relax and feel good. Everybody passed there, everybody greets, everybody smiles.A new cliënt taken in today, he arrive come tomorrow and just like carpenter and sammy he will stay from 8 till 5 at the Gallery while recovering. Clearing the...

Nyamekye

02-01-2016Nyamekye, or Nana Yaw, is now one year old. He was born during the Christmas 2014 from the handicapped childgirl Bagei, kept alive by Bagei's addicted sister Abena and the nurses if the hospital and then looked after by Pat who was then working for Clear Mind and helped...

Today

30-12-2015Today a mother came with her son, number 6 of 7 children. Strong catholics. "He wants to stop drinking', the mother said. "Oh. Really?" I asked the son, he too was called Emanuel. "You are ready to stop drinking?""No", said Emanuel, "drink is good for me.""Oh okay. So why...

Happy new year

30-12-2015Happy newyear to all my clear mind friends. I like to say that noone needs to be perfect or even succeed with the smallest step. Considering a step is a huge step. But stay alive. Dont close your heart, not to the beauty, not to the pain.If that need...

Gered Gereedschap

26-12-2015'Gered Gereedschap' uit Den Haag heeft ons naaimachines en gereedschap gegeven en gisteren middag kwam het hier aan, op kerstmis zelf! Wat mooier kerstkado voor de Clear Minders die zo verlegen zitten met wat ze kunnen doen en hoe weer opnieuw te beginnen dan dit. En gelijk uitproberen natuurlijk....

Kwame Evans

21-12-2015Today a newcomer, a carpenter who cant work anymore. Alcohol addiction is such a debilitating sickness. He will stay at the shop at least by day to get some strength and a meal for as long as needed. Ben diaspeared for the time being from the program and so...

A newcomer

21-12-2015Kwame Evans as from today part time coffee server and sales director of the Clear Mind Art Gallery. Want to Clear your Mind? Come for coffee or tea at the Gallery for 2-fifty! (And it rhymes in case you missed it..)

Hope

17-12-2015Addiction care means having hope even if noone else has. Yesterday no-one showed up at the Gallery and at the AA meeting again no-one.This morning one girl returned. Where were you? I did not feel well. Oh dear next time would you please call.Okay.The tiniest reason for hope.makes me...

Big decision

13-12-2015All those that spend the day working at Clear Mind Art Gallery will get a free meal in the afternoon. Sala is cooking and it will be a salvation army type soup-kitchen. This decision good and makes me very happy. I am sure the money will follow because money...

Productive

12-12-2015Another super productive artclub Saturday. And i should have remembered, if the one doesn't show up an other one will and if one fails two others will succeed. Two newcomers this morning with addiction issues.

A few good things

11-12-2015Good thing: we moved every thing included Lady Starbucks to the Gallery.Good thing: Visit by five caregivers who returned from a funeral, they were very happy with Maame's Gallery. Goid thing: Tomorrow we can serve coffee and tea at the shop. 3 cedis not too much..Bad thing: the father...

Nana AskGod

06-12-2015Today i joined Nana AskGod visiting one of the drug-dens in the outskirts of Nkoranza. Walking through gutters littered with garbage and plastic bags and then there is a fence with a gate, outside a bench where people sit. We too. The drugseller sits there too with marihuana cigarettes,...

12 questions

05-12-2015When you worry that maybe your drinking habits run out of hand there are 12 questions you can ask yourself. Paakwasi George is talking about them on Achia FM. Do you answer two out of twelve positive, please start being careful with drink. Four questions positive: it looks like...

Meeting

02-12-2015What a meeting today. Planning with our team and four influential people from town who love our project about the fundraising event. It will be feb. 7, a sunday afternoon at the lorrypark as our gallery is far too small for the celebration. All churches in town and the...

Ben a new client

29-11-2015This sunday afternoon while we were relaxing in front of our beautiful house at PCC and i was restoring the statues and making another doll, a man came to visit, lets call him Ben, a new client. Wednesday he will join the AA meeting and gets medication to support....

Meeting

22-11-2015Excellent meeting with the team now made up of Sala and Paakwasi George. Pat has left and her tasks needed to be redistributed. The name of the shop will be Clear mind art gallery. The name Waayer is hatd to pronounce in english language. An order for new baclophen...

Roof the summerhut

20-11-2015Vandaag het gras was droog genoeg om het dak van de Summerhut in de voorkant van de winkel. Als alles goed gaat zullen we binnenkort serveren koffie andere thee in de heldere geest gallery. Shop, waaijerhall, heldere geest stichting, de galerie. Workplace, revalidatiecentrum .. Komende zondag zullen we een...

Father of Abena

18-11-2015 Today i visited the father of Abena to offer condoleances for Abena, who died in August this year. Abena had a drinking problem just like her father but showed loyal care when her disabled little sister gave birth to Nyamekye. She also succeeded two months of sobriety till...

Francis

17-11-2015At the end of today a pile of teak slices, benches, tabletops and more at the Clear Mind Shop. And met a patient Francis who had no money for his epileptic drugs (as the insurance in ghana is falling apart). Made him a loan. Francis will pay it back...

To The Woods

17-11-2015"Waar breng je me, Maame? ' ' Om de bossen, timmerman. Volg mij alstublieft". Ik breng hem met zijn draagbare zaag op het gebied van hout teak afval. "Please snijd ze voor mij. Zij zullen schalen en borden en tafels en banken voor de clearmind kunst galerie. Er is...

Bridget her shop

13-11-2015These are Bridget's clothes in her shop. The rolls are 12 yards (11meter) long and approx. 25 to 35 cm wide. Some are pure cotton and some polyester which is stronger. The price is the same, 12,50 gh.cedis (3,20 euro) per yard. Or 150 gh.cedis (39 euro) for a...

A great facebooksale

11-11-2015Een geweldige facebooksale: "Akaaba" door koning James verkocht onmiddellijk na het posten van een vriend van de klant in Chautaqua, USA. Ik keerde terug al snel naar de winkel om te remmen het nieuws. "Wat is de prijs, Sala? ' 100ghana Cedi, aldus Sala. "In de Verenigde Staten gebruiken...

Clear Mind update

15-09-2015Dear friends of Clear Mind GhanaClear Mind is going full spirit in helping people with an alcohol addiction problem in the area of Nkoranza Ghana. Ending an addiction does not only give back an individuals life, it also helps the local community in their challenging living environment. Although our...

Farewell to Abena

30-08-2015Abena is no more.Yesterday, Saturday, Abena came as usual to Bridget who is now weaving at the Waaijerhall hal,  where Abena’s loom is waiting for her, waiting for the moment she is kicked off and can start work.It could not be.Saturday 29th august Abena was hungry and intoxicated as usual...

Koningsmarkt

26-04-2015“Koninginnedag” heet deze tweeluik, die ook apart te koop is.  Apart wit-gouden randje maakt het perfect. 50×60 canvas op hout. Acrylverf. “De tantes op de kermis” is iets groter en op gespannen canvas, ook acryl. Ze mogen per stuk voor 98 euro weg. Opbrengst als altijd voor t goede doel...

Re-integrationhall (Waaijerhall) reaching ceiling level

13-02-2015There is ‘Work in progress’ in the background while Bob, Adyoa, John and myself watch at leisure, eating one of Sala’s delicious dishes. The construction of the foundation eventually started early January because of a land dispute litigated by the neighbours. The neighboring plot lost but it took a lot of time. All the same: the two halls...

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