CPASGhana is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and girls in Nsawam, Ghana. In 2011 CPASGhana began by making small loans to a select group of women. In 2012 we expanded our work to include the School Girl Sponsorship Program, an effort to keep girls in school who are at risk of dropping out or who are taken out to work. School supplies and school uniforms, sewn by local seamstresses, are provided to each sponsored girl. The progress of each girl is monitored by our staff as well as support given to them and their families to insure the girls’ continued success in school.
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.