The North American Women’s Association (NAWA) of Ghana is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting friendship and cultural activities among women of all nationalities residing in Ghana, and to support charity projects in our host country, particularly benefiting women and children.


Who We Are

NAWA has existed for over 30 years in Ghana. Membership is open to women of all nationalities living in Ghana. (North American women as full members, non-North American women as associate members.)

Our membership consists predominantly of women working in Ghana with diplomatic missions, businesses, and non-governmental organizations; and women who have joined their partners in Accra on similar work assignments.

To provide activities for our members we rely on membership fees of GHS 100 annually. New and renewing members can also pay GHS 100 for their membership and also get the 5th edition of No Worries (normally GHS 40 for a book).

To serve the community, we rely on the revenue from the sales of our book “No Worries – The Essential Guide to Living in Ghana”.

The membership season runs from September through August, and new members can join anytime.

What We Do

The Association’s mission is two-fold:
  1. To provide social opportunities for camaraderie, culture, and the sharing of interests among members;
  2. To give financial and material support to local charity projects.

The club organizes

– Monthly meetings with interesting speakers
– Local cultural excursions
– Coffee mornings, lunch groups and nights out – to socialize and make new friends
And, offers the opportunity to support the local community through our philanthropic project work.


Currently, our membership fees cover the operating expenses of the club. The funds used to support our charity projects is raised through sales and advertising revenue from “No Worries”. “No Worries – The Essential Guide to Living in Ghana”, is published by NAWA. This book provides everything a newcomer to Ghana might want to know about visiting or living in Ghana. The information in the book – insights, tips and local businesses addresses- comes from our members’ years of experience living in Ghana. The book is for sale in bookstores, supermarkets and hotels. It is also available on-line at noworriesghana.com.

Our Board

An executive board is the governing body of the Association, determining policy and developing a program of activities. The heads of mission (or spouses) of The United States and Canada are invited to serve as Honorary Co-Presidents of the Association.

Mrs. Catherine Thornley, wife of His Excellency Mr. Christopher Thornley, High Commissioner to Ghana, is our honorary co-president representing Canada. Mrs. Annette Cretz, wife of His Excellency Mr. Gene A. Cretz, US Ambassador to Ghana, is our honorary co-President representing the US.

Our hard-working board members donate their time and efforts to keep everything running smoothly. This year’s board is as follows:


    Amy Clutter, President
     Contact Amy at nawapresident@gmail.com




    Jen Kampanaos, Vice President
    Contact Jen at nawavp@gmail.com





     Nina Chachu, Secretary
     Contact Nina at nawasecretary@gmail.com




     Mai Ensmann, Treasurer
     Contact Mai at nawaghanatreasurer@gmail.com




    Lori Nirenstein, Director, Membership
    Contact Lori at nawaghanamembership@gmail.com




      Phyllis Kuenyehia, Director, Events
      Contact Phyllis at nawaevents@gmail.com



Rachel Bartels



  Rachel Bartels, Director, Humanitarian Projects
  Contact Rachel at nawaprojects@gmail.com




    Jennifer Yost, Director, Online Communication
    Contact Jennifer at info@noworriesghana.com or nawacomms@gmail.com




    Catherine Martin, Member-at-Large
    Contact Catherine at nawamemberatlarge@gmail.com





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