Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity incorporated Liberia Chapter has donated US$200, 30 pieces of crouches, 2 walkers, 1 oxygen mars and 1 wheelchair to the group of 77 located on Newport Street in Monrovia.
The organization identified with the disable group at the headquarters of the group of 77 here in Monrovia on Thursday, 17 August. Speaking during the donation, the President and Chief Dean of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity T. Nelson Williams noted that his institution has been in the constant habit of identifying with disable groups, orphanages and other destitute kids to keep their hopes alive.
“We want to work with the Group of 77 in offering scholarship to those that will meet the grade points, because we were founded on a university campus so we’re proud ourselves on leadership and that while we focus on education, we always look for those that have the talents to help them achieve their goals,” he says.
Mr. Williams says Alpha Fraternity has students at eight universities and also gives scholarship to the Liberia Educational Trust, causing over US$50,000. This month, he says the fraternity focuses on the disabled and orphanages, and announced plans that they will on Sunday move to My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage.
Mr. Williams notes that the fraternity is collaborating with its international organization in Maryland, USA in carrying out the donation. Receiving the donation, the program officer of the Group of 77 Mrs. Constance T. Kennedy expressed delight over the gesture and promised to distribute them to members of the disabled.
She expressed appreciation to group for identifying with the Group of 77, noting that it is not a strange thing to them. She says they are facing challenge in getting some of those that are promoted to 12th grade enrolled in college.
“We want to disabuse the minds that once you get a fish today, and cannot get it tomorrow it is not a good fish, so we are calling on you guys to see reason to offer some scholarship. This is where we place strong emphasis, because it is the mind-set that makes the difference,” she says.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley