Fredrick Benneh Frimpong (Co-Founder, Director of Operations)
Fredrick Benneh Frimpong, or Fred, was born and raised in Berekum-Senase, Ghana. He graduated from the Hotel Catering and Tourism Institute at Greenhill College in Accra, Ghana. Fred started his first social enterprise, Can Do Tours, at the age of 18 in 2009. In September of 2011 he enrolled in the University of Ghana, Legon. After just two weeks in Legon, he was awarded a full scholarship by the Ghanaian government to study in Turkey. He then studied the Turkish language for seven months at Ankara University before starting his main courses in International Trade and Finance at Istanbul University. In September of 2013, Fred had the opportunity to attend Hult International Business School in London, where he studied Social Entrepreneurship. While at Hult, Fred founded and ran a charity club with the goal of improving education in various countries in throughout the world, for which he was awarded Best New Club on campus at the end of the year. Fred took a one-year hiatus from Hult to study at The University of San Diego in San Diego, California, but is now finishing up his studies at Hult. Fred is very enthusiastic about helping his communities and has been committed to various foundations for years. Fred strongly believes that Education is the only way to eradicate poverty in his community and the world. Through The GodFreds Foundation, we, together with you, will bring hope to the world. Starting with one child at a time.
“Partnering with Fred on this project is what will make our Foundation so unique and will give our school every benefit. Mike and I share the vision of excellent education for every deserving student with Fred, but Fred has grown up in these villages and has attended these schools. Fred knows from his own experiences what it will take to bring real educational change. Not only does he know what is needed, but he is well respected for the many services he has already provided in his village, such as clean water systems, school uniforms, and sponsorships just to name a few.
Fred already has a good working relationship with the Ministry of Education, and has many resources in Ghana that can help us complete our project and give work to those in his community as well. With Fred’s excellent business sense, reputation in his community, and his unending desire to give these students the chance they deserve we will together create an outstanding school community where hope and excellence will be felt by all who attend.”
– Barbara Allison
Barbara R. Allison (Co-Founder, Executive Director)
Barbara Allison was born and raised in La Cañada Flintridge, California. She attended the University of Redlands where she received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Barbara and her husband Mike have four children, and reside in La Verne, California. Barbara is a member of the Semester at Sea Parent Council, which led her to sail around the world as a Life Long Learner in the spring of 2013. It was during this voyage that she met Fredrick Benneh Frimpong and became aware of the desperate need to bring quality educational opportunities to children in these remote villages in Ghana. She is hoping through The GodFreds Foundation to build a healthy and challenging school environment so that these bright young students can have successful and happy futures.
Michael E. Allison (Co-Founder, Financial Director)
Mike grew up in Arcadia, California and attended Arcadia High School where he graduated valedictorian of his class in 1978. Mike holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the University of Redlands and a Masters Degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. For the past twenty- five years Mike has been a partner in the accounting firm of Weickert, Allison, Jeter in Covina, California. Mike has been married to his wife Barbara for 30 years, and together they have raised their four children in the city of La Verne California.