Tribute to Nana Araba Apt, CofA's founder

On Thursday 9 March 2017, our founder, professor Nana Araba Apt passed away. She was one of CofA's three ‘Founding Mothers’.

For over ten years she was the driving force behind what CofA is today: a well-established Foundation that helps girls from poorer rural regions in Ghana to attain a better education.
Read our tribute to professor Apt, including contributions by Ernestina Marfo - a 2012 CofA girl and graduate of the University of Professional Studies – and Dr Patrick Awuah Jr, President of Ashesi University.


We need your support

Since its establishment in 2005, CofA's running costs have been met by its three founders, friends and well-wishers. Now we need your support.

Many organisations in and outside Ghana have donated in kind: university accommodation for the residential training camps, stationery and books, food from restaurants were all gratefully accepted.

Now it is time to step-up the good work and secure a regular stream of finance to ensure the continuity of CofA's work helping girls from poorer rural areas to successfully move into secondary education and beyond.

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Too many girls fail to reach their full potential, but with your help, CofA can start making a difference. Whether building the girls’ self esteem or helping them with the Maths and English, it is all part of the CofA summer camp experience. Your contributions, large or small, are vital.

To make a donation in US$ or Ghana Cedis, our bank details are given below. Any questions, please email our Treasurer, Lydia Bedwei. Thank you for supporting CofA.

Core cost

Training camps: each of our three-week training camps for 30 girls cost around GH¢40,000 ($20,000), which is around GH¢1,300 per girl ($660). When these girls leave, we maintain contact and support them through extra tuition by local teachers that CofA selects and pays for, and then at the BECE level we prepare them for the entry exam. This means that every year we add to the number of girls we support and so we need more funds to pay for this.

Administration: we urgently need to establish a small, administrative unit to run CofA's day-to-day activities. $15,000 (GHc 30,000) will pay for a part-time administrator, office equipment and travel expenses to visit schools to recruit new students and monitor those who attended previous training camps.

Getting involved

For CofA to be able to continue to deliver its mission it needs suitable volunteers and financial support.

Gifty 2012Volunteers help us run the training camps during the summer break. Teachers, training assistants, artists, women who have successful careers play a vital role in getting the girls ready to take their entrance exam and showing them what their future could look like. If you think you could make a difference and want to give us a helping hand, please get in touch.

As CofA grows we are also interested in talking to people who would like to set up new training camps in other parts of Ghana. Are you up for the challenge?

Any size of gift provides an opportunity

The good news is that you don't have to be wealthy to support CofA. Past training camps were made possible through many smaller donations. For example:

• GH¢30 or $20 pays for one girl's teaching material during our summer training camp
• GH¢90 or $60 pays the expenses of one volunteer teacher during our summer camp
• GH¢200 or $135 pays for a CofA girl's books during her first year in senior secondary school

Making your donation

Financial contributions from within Ghana can be made direct to our bank:

United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Ltd

Account name: College for Ama (CofA)
Account no. 00908448201511 (Ghana Cedi account)

We also have a US$ account in Ghana:
United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Ltd
Account name: College for Ama (CofA)
Swift Code: STBGGHAC
Account no. 00908448203213

College for Ama (or CofA, as we call it) started in 2006 helping girls to continue their education at secondary level. This was done through its annual summer camps, a mentoring program and financial assistance.

COVID-19 meant that we had to stop our program. CofA is using this pause to reflect on past achievements and ways to improve its program when it can safely relaunch its activities.

Here is what we achieved at our 10th aniversary in 2016.

See us work and play at the annual Summer Camp

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