Liberia: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Calls for Improved Conditions of Liberian Orphans
Monrovia – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc. has called for improvement and betterment in the condition of orphans in Liberia.
Report by Edwin G. Genoway, Jr (231886458910)[email protected]
AKA believes that orphans or abandoned kids need to be cared for like any kids that have parents, saying, “All kids are equal and deserve the right to good life and food.”
The sorority sees the need for orphans to be treated well by always making them smile. The group also vows to continue its humanitarian work by extending helping hands to orphans.
Trying to make orphans happy, AKA has partnered with the Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence to collect donations, read stories, play games and provide lunch for the children at Liberia Children’s Orphanage in Lower Margibi County.
The orphanage is operated by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and currently has a population of 40 orphaned children. Some of whom are severely disabled requiring total care.
Donations of clothing, toys, arts, crafts and toiletries were collected and given to the orphanage.
Mrs. Michelle Wento of Cyber-Ed led the Day of Service for AKA and spoke both on behalf of the sorority and the school.
“Thank you for allowing us to spend this day with you. Our students have come to read stories and play games with you today. We hope you all are excited,” Mrs. Wento said.
She thanked Deputy Gender Minister Lydia Sherman for her assistance in planning the day.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), Eta Beta Omega Chapter’s donation was also based on honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
AKA commemorated Dr. King and honored his memory by continuing the fight to secure racial equality and human rights for all on January 22, 2019.
In 1957, while addressing an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. King posed a question that still resonates: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
The sorority answered this question by engaging in a ‘day of service’ to promote peace and a sense of community in line with Dr. King’s ideals.
The president of the Eta Beta Omega Chapter, Mrs. Clarine Simpson Vaughn, shared that Alpha Kappa Alpha members around the world were unified on this Day of Service, visiting homes of seniors, orphanages and hospitals to show their concern and spread joy.
She stated, “Many of us are mothers, aunts, and godmothers. It is a natural choice as women, to spend this day of service with children. Most times, when you provide this type of community service, you leave feeling more fulfilled and joyful. These children, despite them being abandoned, displaced and some disabled, have certainly brightened our day with their laughter and smiles.”
AKA Vice President, Ms. Ellen O. Pratt, in her remarks, she thanked the caregivers of the Liberia Children’s Orphanage; adding: “We are so pleased to see the level of care and love shown to these children. This is exemplified by the cleanliness of the facility and the joy on the faces of the children. We can see that these are in fact your babies by how well they look. We thank you for your commitment.” The women of Eta Beta Omega Chapter said they are committed to the worldwide mission of “Service to All Mankind” by ‘Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.’ This Chapter is actively engaged in many projects geared toward improving the lives of women and girls in Liberia.