Liberia: College of West Africa Alumni Minnesota Chapter Donates Canon Printer to Alma Mater
MONROVIA – The Minnesota Chapter of the Alumni Association of the College of West Africa (CWA) on Ashmum Street in Monrovia, Wednesday, January 16, donated a big US$2000 canon printer to their alma mater.
Speaking before they received the gift, CWA’s Vice Principal for Student Affairs, Pastor Francis Brown, thanked the alumni association for the gesture.
“We want to thank you so much for coming back to give to your alma mater. You are many, who have passed through these walls. Only few of you always come back to show gratitude to your alma mater, which modeled you. Thank you, again. It is our hope that your friends will see this gesture and join you all to make the next donation bigger,” VP Brown stated.
Speaking earlier, Rev. Paye Cooper Mondolo, Principal of CWA, which is known as the “Foxes Kingdom”, disclosed that the school now solely runs only on tuitions; adding: “This is hard for the students’ parents and guardians and the school administration. Most of the scholarship programs have all been cut off.”
Rev. Mondolo thanked the alumni association for coming in at a time when they are most in need of a printer.
Also speaking, Mr. Samuel King, VP for the Alumni Association-Liberia Chapter, told the audience, mainly the 12 graders that once one has passed through the walls of the College, one would feel the need to always come back and identify with it.
“I was informed a few weeks ago that the Minnesota Chapter has come to donate to their alma mater. CWA did a lot for them. Whenever you passed through these walls, you are going to carry something with you. Our colleagues in the US passed through these walls and so they have come back to donate.”
The representative of the Minnesota Chapter, Mr. Jonathan Neah, urged the students not to be burden on the society when they graduate from CWA; adding: “But let the society be a burden on you.”
For her part, the Student Council President, Ms. Susie S. Toe: “We are very glad for this donation to our school and your alma mater. It comes at a time when we really need it. It is our prayer and hope we will see you often,” she told her senior comrades, who graduated from CWA many years ago.
The College of West Africa is a Methodist high school in Monrovia, Liberia. The school was opened in 1839 (as the “Monrovia Seminary”), making it one of the oldest schools in Africa. It has produced many of Liberia’s leaders and includes among its alumni Liberian former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected as president in an African state, and former Liberian Vice President, Joseph Boakai.