CPASGhana is a community based, non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing development. We focus on local capacity building through economic development, education and health services while supporting and protecting local culture and environment. We accomplish this by developing strategic partnerships.
CPASGhana strives to create a thriving local economy where education, health care, economic development, clean water housing and renewable energy is available to all. We become an interconnected localized community, while honoring cultural traditions and the earth.
Priscilla Jeffery founded CPASGhana in 2011, after her retirement from teaching. During her many years in the classroom, she has witnessed how education positively affects the lives of children and their families. After meeting with community members in Nsawam, Ghana, where CPAS was established, she found that girls were taken out of school before boys to work, carry water or take care of younger siblings.
Girls who leave school at a young age are more likely to get pregnant young, have fewer job skills and will be caught in the cycle of poverty. The more years of education a girl receives results in delaying pregnancy, having fewer children and educating the ones they have. They will also be better prepared for a job or self-employment.
CPASGhana Program Timeline
– Due to the high illiteracy rate of our original Microfinance clients, we offered literacy classes to the women we worked with. They declined, asking instead that their children have a chance of an education.
– The School Girls Sponsorship Program was launched. We sponsored 41 girls at two of the poorest government schools in Nsawam, providing books and uniforms. The uniforms were sewn by one of our loan clients.
– We sponsored 61 girls at the two schools in Nsawam and provided schools supplies as well as books and uniforms.
– This is the first year we sponsored Junior High girls and we covered fees so they could attend a school program.
– Knitting4Peace donated 200 hand knit dolls, which we distributed to three schools and a hospital pediatric ward.
– We sponsored 75 girls in three schools. Our local staff also added school and home visits in order to provide support and counseling for the girls and their families to ensure their success in school.
– Three of our sponsored girls were chosen to attend College of Ama, a three week summer program which promotes personal growth, self-esteem, discipline, respect for others and collective responsibility and build the capacities of young girls to achieve higher education.
– Home and school visits and counseling were added as part of our support services for sponsored girls and their families.
– We added Health Insurance for each girl who has been in the sponsorship program for at least one year.
– After-school Science for Girls program teacher training to begin June 2015.
– Working with Creating Master Teachers (CMT) to conduct a teacher training program in Literacy and Reading to begin in the summer of 2015.
CPASGhana is a small locally run grassroots organization with minimal administrative costs. Your donation goes directly to our education project. We are trying to raise additional funds this year to achieve our 2015 goal to add teacher training in Ghana in an effort to improve the quality of education in our schools