Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does CoP stands for?

CoP stands for Children Of Potentials and is the trading name for Children of Potentials International (U.K.) and Children of Potentials Charity (GH.) and operate as independent affiliates

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 the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our objectives 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 these commitments.
xii. Liaise with and support the call and work of other organisations both local and international in meeting our aims and objectives.

3. What does the Millennium Development Goals entail?

• The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 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 Goals are:

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

CoP provides educational and health resources to students, parents and institutions in poor communities, for the time being, in Ghana. These comprise in parts, Goal 1, 2, & 6 of the MDGs. it is on record that in many
sub-Saharan African countries like Ghana, school fees 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, compulsory uniforms and other charges. Fees are keeping school children out of the classrooms. CoP helps in the payment of these fees to enable pupils continue their education uninterrupted.

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!