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CofA's 10th summer camp

October 2017

On 31 July the opening ceremony of the 10th CofA summer camp took place at the Volta Hall, University of Ghana.

Forty excited girls from bacic schools in Berekuso and Pokuase spent two weeks taking part in the activities, learning and experiencing life at a university campus. Our video shares som of their impressions. You can read the full story here.

Somewhat nervous, but keen to start the 2017 CofA summer camp, the girls arrive at the Volta Hall.

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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



CofA in the UK

CofA's work has attracted interest – and received financial donations – from friends worldwide. Now that CofA is gathering momentum in Ghana, ongoing financial support is vital and it is hoped that local support groups will be established. CofA (UK) is the first supporting organisation to be formed outside Ghana.

In 2011, a CofA (UK) was formed as a "private company, limited by guarantee" with the purpose to raise funds and spread awareness of the work of CofA in Ghana. CofA (UK) has a board of six and maintains close contact with CofA in Ghana.

CofA (UK) is keen to establish links with individuals and organisations that share our goals and recruit new members who would like to get involved in our work. Contact Peter Erftemeijer on +44 20 7265 0771 or email: ukcofa@cofa-foundation.org for more information.


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See us work and play at the annual Summer Camp


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