Prince Of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide financial assistance to the Prince of Wales school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with the purpose of enhancing the quality of education at the school, sustaining its infrastructure, and making education affordable to its students. We strive to enable students who would otherwise be restrained from reaching their full potential.

Organization

Imagine a group of men and women living in a different world from the one in which they grew up, had their early education, and developed powerful bonds with their alma mater. Then, in California, they learn about the devastating changes that have been visited on their homeland, including their former high school. In the face of such adversity, they decide to do all they can to positively impact at least some of the kids in Sierra Leone. That was the impetus for the Prince of Wales Alumni Association’s California Chapter, a 501.3c voluntary humanitarian organization.

Members Of  Prince Of Wales Alumni Association, California ChapterThe POWAA, CA. membership is composed of Prince Of Wales School alumni based in California. In this regard, it is similar to other local chapters in the USA and Europe. Most of the members are male, as the school is primarily a single-gender school. However, there has always been a small contingent of female students at the two highest grade levels in the school, and, as a result, most of the chapters have a small but very active number of female members. Although the only criterion required for membership in the organization is registered attendance as a student at the school, most of the current membership includes professionals from various fields of work and expertise.  The organization has, therefore, benefited from the strong academic, professional and philanthropic contributions of its present members. Alumni meet regularly each month, for deliberations and activities aimed at the overall improvement of the school.

Since the association is a non-profit organization, member participation is, of course, voluntary.  This has not diminished the determination or intense drive of the members, who put in a significant amount of man-hours in pursuit of their goals. Members also pay an annual subscription, which, like all other funds raised, goes towards financing various school improvement projects undertaken by the association.