Prince Of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter

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 with the purpose of enhancing its quality of education, sustaining its infrastructure, and making education affordable to its students.

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 our Textbook Project. In its bid to enhance the quality of education at the Prince of Wales School, the California Chapter has embarked on specific projects, including the provision of English Language Arts and Mathematics textbooks for multiple grades. Between 2012 and 2018, our chapter executed on its long-term vision of making all required textbooks available to students at no charge. POWAAC spent over $17,000 to provide 3200 books. With the prospects of free education in Sierra Leone, funded by the government, POWAAC has been exploring other forms of support. In 2020/21, funded the installation of a Network Infrastructure to facilitate high speed internet access by pupils and teachers. This was part of a larger project – The Quality Science/Math Curricular & V-Learning Project – funded by collaboratively by Alumni Associations in the Diaspora. In 2021, POWAAC additionally provided financial assistance in the form of scholarships to 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. Recently, POWAAC has joined a collaborative effort other Diaspora Alumni Chapters in funding the repair of the Science Block and in purchasing learning equipment for special needs students.

 POWAAC further 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 thanks to the hard work and commitment of our members and the generous support of those patronizing our fundraising 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 patronize its fundraising activities. POWAAC is a registered nonprofit organization and your donations are tax deductible.

 Thank you for your anticipated support.

 

 

Sincerely,

Malcolm Finney

President – Prince of Wales Alumni Association, California Chapter