Clubhouse Ghana receives generous land donation for rehabilitation building

In a WhatsApp interview with newly hired Country Director, Richard Selase Agboga (trained in Finland) AND US-based Ghanaian-American ML Brookshire née Blay-Miezah, a Dynamic Marketer and CyberSecurity Consultant who doubles up as the Founder and Executive Director of Clubhouse Ghana, they both announced excitedly to First Ghana News that they would like to share two awe-inspiring updates about the organization.

CLUBHOUSE GHANA TEAM:From the left :Patricia Ghansah,Vee Nelson,Mame Kosi Erzuah Acquah ,Richard Selase Agboga
CLUBHOUSE GHANA TEAM:From the left :Patricia Ghansah,Vee Nelson,Mame Kosi Erzuah Acquah ,Richard Selase Agboga

A donor who insists to remain anonymous has donated one plot of land at Abokobi, a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana so that the building of the CLUBHOUSE GHANA REHABILITATION CENTER COULD BE STARTED. This donor also offers free lands to NGOs, churches, and charitable organizations that he encounters as a philanthropic service to mankind. He admitted being intrigued by the work The Clubhouse Ghana Project is doing in the Mental Health space in Ghana.

Driving through the cities of Accra, it is very sad and sometimes threatening to identify the scattered presence of Mentally Challenged persons, some of whom appear calm while others appear wild and dangerous in every aspect of everyday life.

It has been very worrying for a long time before the good news came out mentioning the fact that a Rehabilitation Center in the name of Clubhouse Ghana had been set up to provide an out-patient facility to support the integral reintegration of recovered patients into society and various communes.

Clubhouse Ghana was publicly announced by the Houston-based Ghanaian-American Founder, ML Brookshire née Blay-Miezah who made it known through an official release, her intentions to establish the First-Ever Clubhouse-franchised Rehabilitation Center in West Africa and in Ghana specifically for the Mentally Challenged.

As a veteran journalist in the Healthcare space too; I had no other choice than to write an article on the illustrious project.

Clubhouse Ghana operates under the Clubhouse International Model: https://www.clubhouse-intl.org and facilitates the reintegration of recovered individuals that have been diagnosed as having a Mental Health condition. The facility is simply a community-oriented center that provides meals and recreational activities for any individual that believes in its principles and tenets. Hence, Clubhouse Ghana will also ensure a clean-up campaign of clearing the streets of the unkempt, unbathed, half-naked supposedly “mad” individuals that roam the streets of Ghana.

These formerly forsaken and unfortunate souls will have an out-patient facility to call their home this year. They will also have somewhere to wake up to and attend unending, daily positive, and inspiring activities.

Clubhouse Ghana receives generous land donation for rehabilitation building

On the premises of the facility, “members” (as they are called as opposed to recovered patients) will be able to enjoy an art room, a game room, a music room, a therapeutic room, a room to discuss how they can further their education through the Ministry of Education; as well as a room where they can find out how to even train as artisans with varying skill sets and dedicated apprenticeships; so that they can finally live independent and self-fulfilled lives.

To prove the concept of Rehabilitation through the Clubhouse Model; a UK donor has given thousands of dollars to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in order to rehabilitate 2 recovered patients (one of whom has lived in the hospital for 20 years after being abandoned by her mother at age 16).

The 2 patients are beginning their apprenticeship this month with one trading at Makola Market in bead-making, and the other understudying to become a hairdresser. Truly, at the age of 36, after being institutionalized in the hospital for twenty years, one of these patients has been able to hold on to her dream of being able to style the hair of young ladies and learning how to braid as well. Her remarkable story will be covered in the Press Release that will be held on the premises of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday, 2nd April when Clubhouse Ghana meets up with several Rotary Club partners to conduct its next outreach and fundraising activity on site.

Indeed, it is long overdue for Ghana to have its own World-Class Clubhouse Rehab Center: http://www.ml4lyfe.org It is now evident that the trajectory of mentally challenged individuals will now have a more positive spin with less stigmatic implications under the helm of ML Brookshire née Blay-Miezah and her Dedicated Team.

ML’s long-awaited vision to introduce the Clubhouse Ghana Rehabilitation Center Project came to reality and to fruition on 26/12/2021 when the Project was finally launched successfully via Zoom with speeches delivered by dignitaries like the Vice President of Liberia, Her Excellency Jewel Howard Taylor, Former Deputy Minister Of Health, Dr Oko Boye, CEO of Clubhouse International in Manhattan, Former Assistant District Governor, Dick Kuriger of Rotary Club of Houston in Texas et al; with Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, The Finest as the MC Extraordinaire for the evening.

Clubhouse Ghana is presently in Partnership with 3 Rotary Clubs in Ghana and 2 Rotary Clubs in Texas:

  1. Accra Industrial
  2. Cantonments
  3. Sekondi-Takoradi
  4. Houston, Texas
  5. Katy, Texas

These Rotary Clubs have signed MOUs with the organization and the Ghanaian Club volunteers will be fully present at all outreach and fundraising events going forward. Under the supervision of Service Director, Karol Kunko and other Rotary Presidents, Rotary Club has been able to realize four out of its seven ideals by aligning itself with the Clubhouse Ghana Project.

Rotary Areas of Focus

*1. Basic Education and Literacy WITH CLUBHOUSE GHANA
*2. Disease Prevention and Treatment WITH CLUBHOUSE GHANA
*3. Economic and Community Development WITH CLUBHOUSE GHANA

  1. Mother and Child Healthcare
  2. Water and Sanitation
  3. Peace building and Conflict Resolution
  4. Environmental Causes WITH CLUBHOUSE GHANA

In a WhatsApp interview with newly hired Country Director, Richard Selase Agboga (trained in Finland) AND US-based Ghanaian-American ML Brookshire née Blay-Miezah, a Dynamic Marketer and CyberSecurity Consultant who doubles up as the Founder and Executive Director of Clubhouse Ghana, they both announced excitedly to First Ghana News that they would like to share two awe-inspiring updates about the organization.

In December 2021, right after the Launch, a Donor offered them an Achimota property to use as a temporary make-shift location to begin operations in the interim. Next, in March of this year, they have now also received a generous donation of land close to the Pantang Hospital where they have signed a contract with ES Erlanyo Building Contractor Services to commence the building of the facility next month.

Both Country Director and Founder feel blessed and highly favored to have gained the interest and attention of several Ghanaians and International Donors that are supporting their vision throughout this arduous journey.

The new office building is slated to be complete and fully operational in September 2022. The subsidized cost of this building project is incredibly low and attractive enough to help the organization complete the sourcing of its final funding next two quarters.

Being privy to the landscape and architectural structures of the soon-to-be-constructed facility, it is impressive to note how far the organization has come within less than a year of being birthed.

Clubhouse Ghana is continually receiving support in cash or in-kind and can be funded via MoMo at +233 244 425 405 with Corporate Tax Exemptions for the NGO, and also online at https://www.gofundme.com/ML4LyfeFoundation with portions of all donations written of individual taxes each year since the Houston-based arm of the organization is also a viable and validated 501(c)(3) organization with tax exemption status.

Please write to info@ml4lyfe.com to the overarching ML4Lyfe Group office in Houston https://g.page/ML4Lyfe

Or contact +1 832 607 6022 / +233 244 425 405 if you have any Enquiries, Corporate Social Responsibility initiative suggestions, or charitable donation offerings to discuss as the project is ongoing.

Indeed, we look forward to keeping up with Clubhouse Ghana as it makes a giant footprint in the Mental Health space within Mother Ghana this year 🇬🇭.