Prince Of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter

The Sierra Leone Children’s Charity Foundation Medical Scholarship.

Alhaji Harune JannehFunding for this scholarship was made possible through The Sierra Leone Children’s Charity Foundation – established by Dr. Lytton Williams of the California Chapter of the Prince of Wales Alumni Association (POWAA). Dr. Williams was a student of excellent standing at the Prince of Wales School and received a scholarship upon completion of his secondary education to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Hampton University, Virginia, USA. Dr. Williams later graduated from Medical School at Cornell University, New York, USA, and is now a prominent orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, California, USA. Hampton University, a historically black university, is ranked among the top 10 universities in the United States in graduating black students in the sciences and other disciplines. Cornell University, a private institution, is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League Universities in the U.S. It is Dr. Williams’ hope that promising students at the Prince of Wales are accorded the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming a medical doctor in the future and accomplish that by following in the footsteps of Dr. Williams. This scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for a Bachelor’s degree at Hampton University and Medical School at Cornell University. Annual renewal of the scholarship requires the recipient to be in academic good standing at both universities.

Recipients of the scholarship are expected to provide evidence of excellent academic performance at the Prince of Wales School and penchant for public service involvement in the community. Mr. Alhaji Harune Janneh, after a rigorous selection process, became the first recipient of the award. Mr. Janneh is currently enrolled in the Biology program at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, focusing on cellular and molecular sciences. To-date, he has maintained a Grade Point Average of 3.79, which has accorded him the honor of being on the Dean’s List.

The Prince of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter, is eternally grateful to alumni and well-wishers for their support, which has contributed immensely to the overall success of the mission of Prince of Wales Alumni Associations. We look forward to your continued patronage of our fundraising activities in the future. Thank you.

Presentation of 300 Tables and Chairs

There was a great deal of excitement from both students and staff of the Prince of Wales School when 300 tables and chairs were presented to the school on behalf of the Global Prince of Wales Alumni Association. The Global Association is an amalgamation of all the overseas Alumni Associations of the school. Currently, these associations are in London in the United Kingdom, Washington Metropolitan Area in the USA, New Jersey, Atlanta in Georgia, and California, USA. In an admirable feat of collaboration, they all worked together to relieve the unfortunate situation in the school which saw students not having tables and chairs to use in their classrooms. All the speakers at the ceremony emphasized the need for the students to take good care of these items of furniture. The Global Alumni Associations were represented by Mr. Robert Strasser-King.  Other speakers at the ceremony included the Principal of the Junior Secondary School, the President of the Freetown Chapter of the Alumni Association and the city councilor representing the constituency.


Greetings from the Prince of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter (POWAAC)! POWAAC is a registered nonprofit association (501(3) c) and its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to the Prince of Wales School in Freetown, Sierra Leone with the purpose of enhancing its quality of education, sustaining its infrastructure, and making education affordable to its students, most of whom hail from low-income families. Since its inauguration in 2006, POWAAC has pursued several initiatives independently and in collaboration with other Global Alumni Associations in the US and the UK to realize its stated goals. POWAAC’s primary initiative the past few years has been the Textbook Project. In its bid to enhance the quality of education at the Prince of Wales School, POWAAC has embarked on specific projects, including provision of English Language Arts and Mathematics textbooks for multiple grades. Since 2012, our chapter has been executing on its long-term vision of making all required textbooks available to students at no charge. So far, we have spent over $17,000 to provide 3200 books. POWAAC additionally contributes cash prizes awarded to students recognized for outstanding academic accomplishment during the annual school prize-giving ceremonies. With the prospects of free education in Sierra Leone, funded by the government, POWAAC will be exploring additional ventures, including providing scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for disadvantaged but deserving students. POWAAC continues to collaborate with other Prince of Wales Alumni Chapters (in Georgia, Washington DC, New Jersey, and the UK) in providing funding to the Prince of Wales School to support projects and activities, including building renovation and rehabilitation projects; replacement of damaged classroom furniture to ease chronic shortage of furniture for staff and students; and augmentation of the science lab by equipping it with upgraded hardware and software. POWAAC additionally contributes money to a general fund used to: • Maintain a teachers’ revolving account, which allows teachers of the school to be paid their monthly salaries whenever the government delays in doing so • Provide stipends for newly-hired teachers, who sometimes go unpaid while their employment paperwork is being processed by the government • Provide Christmas bonus for administrators, teachers, staff, & all employees We have been able to accomplish all that we have to-date, thanks to the hard work and commitment of our members and the generous support of those patronizing our fund-raising initiatives. The primary sources of funding for these and future ventures are annual dues by members, proceeds from fund-raising events such as the association’s annual Dinner and Dance and Thanksgiving Service, and donations from sponsors. All proceeds go toward funding critical projects. We are committed to continuing to provide support to enhance the quality of education at the Prince of Wales School and we continually seek the support of donors. We hope that you will consider donating to the association and patronizing its fund-raising activities. POWAAC is a registered non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your anticipated support. Sincerely, Malcolm Finney President – Prince of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter

Prince of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter

Donation of Mathematics textbooks

One of the greatest areas of need of the Prince of Wales School identified by the California Chapter is for text books for the students.  In an attempt to meet this need, the Chapter is now undertaking to provide text books in all subject areas for all the students at the school. As a start, 900 Mathematics texts were donated to the school at a formal presentation ceremony held at the school in January, 2013. These books will be made available to students in the first year of Junior Secondary School and third year of Senior Secondary School. The books will be used by the students and returned at the end of the year. The California Chapter was represented by Mr. Robert Strasser-King who admonished the students to take good care of the books so that they will be available for use by the students coming after them. Also present at the ceremony were the President of the Freetown Chapter of the Alumni Association and the member of the Freetown City Council representing King Tom constituency. The Principal of the Junior Secondary School, Mr. Aubrey Jones also addressed the students and appealed to them to take very good care of the books.