Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the abbreviation CoP stands for?

CoP stands for Children Of Potentials and is the trading name for Children of Potentials International (U.K.) and an affiliate of Children of Potentials Charity (GH.) operating as independent organisations.

2. What are the aims and objectives of CoP

CoP has an expanding list of objectives focusing mainly on children’s education, their health, and the socio-economic wellbeing of their parents. The bedrock of our objectives falls in line with aspects of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our aims include the following:

i. The organization shall be non-partisan, non-denominational, local, national and international non-profit-sharing entity.
ii. To improve the living conditions children in poor backgrounds so as to be able to bring out their full potentials.
iii. To identify and support children who exhibit potentials and exceptional talents, which if not nurtured would be lost to themselves or to the wider community.
iv. To support parents/guardians who find it difficult to meet the educational, health socio-economic needs of their children.
v. To advocate for children at all levels of decision-making that affect their education, health and social-economic circumstances.
vi. To solicit for resources from individuals, organisations, governments and non-governmental agencies to meet the educational, health and social-economic needs of children and parents from poor backgrounds.
vii. Assist, in diverse ways, activities of other benevolent agencies in helping the poor, the needy and the sick, through relief operations, et cetera, and to carry out such activities in its own name.
viii. Support and compliment the teaching and learning process through the provision of materials, equipment, structures and other resources to educators in consultation with the relevant authorities.
ix. To attempt to halt and reverse the incidence of childhood diseases (e.g. malaria) in target communities by improving key control interventions.
x. To help train teenage and young school-drop-out mothers in economic and vocational programmes so as to generate income to play their roles as parents.
xi. To establish ventures that provides avenues for the expression of our commitments.
xii. Liaise with and support the call and work of other organisations both local and international in meeting the following objectives:

  1. to alleviate distress and poverty in in the lives of underprivileged children and families in the UK, Africa and internationally;
  2. to promote education and improve access and outcomes of education for underprivileged and struggling children and young people to reach their full potential;
  3. To provide information, advocacy and mentorship to children, the youth and families at all levels of decision-making that affect their education, health and social-economic circumstances;
  4. To promote health and health outcomes for underprivileged school-going children including supporting efforts to halt and reverse the incidence of malaria (and other childhood diseases) in Africa;
  5. To support and promote the training of teenage and young school-drop-out mothers in entrepreneurial and vocational programmes to enable them generate incomes to play their roles as parents;

3. What do the Millennium Development and the Sustainable Development Goals entail?

• The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an eight international development goals that all 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The set Goals were:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality rates
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a follow-up to the MDGs. It is a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.

The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals are:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reducing Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

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4. How does CoP’s objective align with the MDGs or SDGs?

CoP provides educational and health resources to students, parents and institutions in poor communities. These comprise in part, Goals 1, 2, & 6 of the MDGs. It is on record that in many sub-Saharan African countries like Ghana, fees on education consume nearly a quarter of a poor family’s income, paying not only for tuition, but also indirect fees such as Parent-Teacher Association, sports and textbook fees, as well as compulsory purchase of uniforms and other charges. Fees are keeping many school children out of the classrooms. The support CoP provides for such children enable them continue their education uninterrupted.

The SDG sought to improve upon the MDGs. It is worth noting that not all the target in the MDG were achieves; more is required. CoP continue to pick the pieces in many communities. Of particular relevance to this organisation are their common themes on poverty, health and education (Goals: 1, 3, & 4).

5. How does CoP operate?

a. identify poor communities in terms of education, health and socio-economic circumstances.
b. undertake scoping exercise to identify needy children/parents and educational/health institutions in terms of resource requirements.
c. Liaise with stakeholders, usually students, parents, teachers, town elder, relevant government agencies and work with them in identifying their peculiar needs.
We then attempt to meet these needs by providing cash, equipment, labour and expertise. Our most recent undertaking include providing school uniforms, mosquito nets, furniture, pay school fees—etc. We are also looking to providing Libraries and Computer labs in each community we operate.

6. Who are the beneficiaries of CoP?

Our beneficiaries include children and young adults, parents education and health institutions. While we would have loved to support every child, parents and institutions, our resources are limited. For this reason, we have set criteria for allocating our resources.

7. Where does CoP operate

We can only help those within our reach. We currently operate in Ghana and the UK.  We continue to identify  other countries for support and encourage nationals of other countries to liaise with us in identifying educational, health and socio-economic needs of children everywhere. There are plans to open branches in countries such as the USA and other E.U states as feeder organisations to support and advance our objectives.

8. How does CoP fund its operations

Our sources of funding include membership subscriptions,  donations, sale of souvenir, fundraising, undertake business ventures, farming and food processing. We constantly need people to support our fundraising initiatives. You could be one of them.

9. How can one become a member

You can complete an Application Form or call (+0044) 0203 288 2295 or our roaming officers on (+0044) 078771963 56

10. What do I get for becoming a member?

By being becoming a member and supporting our good causes,

You reap the satisfaction that you are making a difference in an underprivileged  child’s life.

You will be consulted and informed on matters relating to the operations and management of the organisation

You can seek leadership roles in the management of the organisation

You can propose and initiate projects that conforms with our aim and objectives

11. What can I do to help CoP’s activities?

You can make a donation in cash and/or kind, support fundraising activities, become a volunteer, undertake surveys, provide advocacy on matters relating to children’s health, education, and socio-economic circumstances. You can also  give advice, comment and share your experiences. We provide appropriate support and training in most undertakings.

"Of more than 72 million children of primary school age around the world, about half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, remain out of school."

CoP's values

Children of Potentials (CoP) believes that all children are imbued with enormous talents, with potential to excel in academic, sports, and other areas of human endeavours. Invariably, these talents are often suppressed or missed due to circumstances beyond their control. CoP is committed to working with others to improve children and young people’s Education, Health and Socio-economic well-being in poor communities. We recognise the importance of fair and equitable society where no child is disadvantaged -no matter where one lives. We work in partnership with relevant stakeholder to support children and young people achieve their full potential. With your involvement, CoP hopes to combat the social, economic and political disadvantages many children and young people face. Help in shaping their future!