Holy Child Past Students Association UK (HOPSA UK) is an association setup to unify, support and uplift alumni of the Holy Child School and College.
Inaugurated in 1988, the association operates under the mandate and of the Holy Child School and College – “Facta Non Verba” (Actions, not words!). Through this, they work towards the enhancement of the educational systems and experience for students of both Holy Child School in Cape Coast and Holy Child College of Education.
HOPSA also works to provide scholarships to students through the Grace Ellis Memorial Fund and foster support, networking and other opportunities between alumni in the UK and Ireland.
GUBA interviews Holy Child Past Students Association to find out more about their work.
Congratulations on your nomination for the Ghanaian Alumni Award! How do you feel about it?
HOPSA UK is proud and delighted to have been shortlisted for the nomination of such a prestigious award.
Tell us a little about your organisation and what it does
The Association was established in the UK in 1988 as a branch of the main Association in Ghana. It will celebrate its Pearl Anniversary in 2018. It was set up to bring together alumni based in the UK with the aim of promoting the welfare of the two institutions in Ghana, Holy Child School Cape Coast and Holy Child College Takoradi.
Over the past 29 years, the Association has enthusiastically raised funds through membership fees, donations and through activities such as sponsored walks, bake sales, bring and buy sales and our renowned dinner dances.
We set up the Sister Grace Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund to support bright students whose financial difficulties threatened their ability to continue their studies. Our Association has undertaken various extensive renovation projects at both institutions including:
Renovation of the school entrance (Cape Coast)
Renovation of the Administration Block (Cape Coast)
Full scholarship for distinguished students (Cape Coast)
Computers (Cape Coast and Takoradi)
Provision of multipurpose learning huts (Takoradi)
Waiting area chairs (Takoradi)
Provision of various text books (Cape Coast and Takoradi)
Funding towards specified projects (Cape Coast and Takoradi)
Additionally, as part of individual year group HOPSA UK members have contributed to:
Renovate the main bathroom (Cape Coast)
Renovate the Kitchen (Cape Coast)
Refurbish the dining halls (Cape Coast)
Purchase a school mini bus (Cape Coast)
Renovate of the School Library (Cape Coast)
Provide prizes for Speech and Prize Giving (Cape Coast and Takoradi)
In the UK, members support each other through fellowship both at meetings, home visits, and on a one to one basis. Members support each other through the sharing of information which has led to employment opportunities and referrals. Additionally members offer support to each other by attending birthday parties, christenings, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, home, hospital and nursing home visits. The Association also keeps in touch with family members of previous members we have lost over the years.
Why would you say your organisation deserves to win?
This is not just an organisation. It is a family and a lifeline to many. Our older alumni’s are Class of 1947 and our youngest Class of 1992 and so there is a melting pot of knowledge and support from members who all share same/similar memories of an alma mater that binds them together.
Some of our members do grocery runs and provide meals from time to time to some of the older members who need support in the moment. That is the level of solidarity shared within the organisation.
We are always strongly committed to supporting our alma mater to continue the work of providing a high standard of education to young women, to equip and empower them for the future to be responsible women who will take their role and contribute to the further development of our motherland Ghana and the world.
That sense of unwavering sisterhood, love and support for each other and our alma mater is the reason why HOPSA UK deserves to win.
What inspires the work of your organisation?
The sense that whatever the individual experiences, our Alma mater shaped us into the accomplished, well rounded women who stand out with positivity and finesse in any walk of life. Our motivation is to ensure that all students of the alma mater have the best social and academic experience they can have and are ready to make positive contributions within Ghanaian society, global platform and to provide a platform for alumni based in the UK.
What are your thoughts on the GUBA Awards?
The GUBA Awards is a wonderful way to recognise the achievements of Ghanaians and to encourage those of Ghanaian heritage to strive for excellence in whatever category. We are delighted to support the GUBA Awards.
Are you involved in any other projects?
The Association is considering extending its support to the Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, a mixed sex Primary School recently opened in a ceremony on 24/09/16 in Mpeasem, Cape Coast, to provide education with the same ethos of Holy Child School, to younger children.
Holy Child Past Students Association UK has been nominated for the Ghanaian Alumni Award. To cast your vote, visit http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/voting/alumni/