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AMI Group Of Companies Donates US$200,000 To Public Education

The AMI Group of Companies in Liberia has given the Ministry of Education and the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) US$200,000 to assist Liberian students with scholarships within the country.

Additionally, the company has given over 400 bags of rice worth US$10,000 to various prisons and health centers in three counties.

The AMI Group of Companies, which is a holding Company with the vision to be the biggest and most productive conglomerate in Africa, with presence in 15 nations including Liberia working across 23 workplaces worldwide, rewards the general public as a feature of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through the AMI Foundation. Currently, the AMI Foundation provides generous grants and donations with a primary focus on entrepreneurship as a means of bringing about long-term social change.

Although the charitable arm of the AMI Group of Companies, the AMI Foundation, did not suggest a use for the funds to the Ministry of Education and NCHE, they hoped that the fund would directly
benefit students during their academic careers.

The managing director of the AMI Group of Companies, Trokon Lawrance Banwreh, made the donation in Monrovia and expressed the group’s commitment to assisting students in achieving their objectives.

“We are happy to donate this amount to help Liberian students, especially the brilliant and underprivileged ones who are determined to move forward, AMI is always willing to promote
education,” he said.

AMI Education, which is one of the Divisions of the AMI Group of Companies is one of the leading service providers for abroad study for students aspiring for international degree, those with interest in
migrating to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, or Australia as well as those with interest in working abroad, investing abroad, or visiting their dream destination. Though we charge a fee for our
services, our fundamental goal is to transform lives and improve Africa,’ he further said!

Receiving the donation on behalf of the two government institutions, the Director General of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) Liberia, Professor Edward Lama Wonkenyor said he was pleased to receive the fund and that it will be used for its intended purpose.

He disclosed that the NCHE will receive US$100k out of the amount while the rest goes to the Ministry of Education.

Professor Wonkenyor also disclosed that modality is being worked out as to how to use the funds to benefit deserving students.

“We have contacted the presidents of various government-owned universities and we are going to work with them to set up a program to attract smart students to benefit,” he disclosed.

He however noted that the government of Liberia through the NCHE will also work with the AMI Group of Companies on a program that will allow Liberian students to study in universities in South Africa
since the company is South African based.

Additionally, the AMI Group of Companies through its charitable Foundation also presented rice to the Monrovia Central Prison, Sonniiwin Health center, Clara Town Health Center, Cora Medical Clinic in New Kru, West Point Township Public School and Clinic, and the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital.

AMI Foundation initiative is in collaboration with the Monrovia City Government, as they admit the recent shortage of rice in the Liberian market. Recently Liberians were seen in long lines to get rice from the market due to the huge scarcity, something that many Liberians both at home and abroad condemned the government for.

The donation of over 400 bags of 25Kg of rice, which started on Friday, November 25, 2022, covered Monrovia, for which, one hundred bags of 25kg rice was donated to inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison, while Sonniwehn Health center received thirty bags, Clara Town Health Center twenty-five bags, Cora Medical Clinic in New Kru town 50 bags, West Point Township Public School, and Clinic 57 bags and Liberia biggest government hospital the John F. Kennedy Hospital 60 bags respectively.

Speaking at the presentation on behalf of the AMI Foundation in Liberia, the AMI Group of Companies Managing Director, Trokon Lawrance Banwreh, said the charity initiative is part of the Institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”

“At the AMI Foundation, we take great pride in giving back to the community and we are always looking for new and innovative ways of making a difference in the places we operate. We endeavored and
continue to venture into driving growth and social development in Africa. We believe it is our responsibility to be actively involved and we welcome any requests for grants, donations, or funding,”
Banwreh said.

In response, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee noted that the gesture for AMI Foundation is welcoming especially in this difficult economic situation in Liberia.

“I was moved and touched by the AMI Group of Companies, through the AMI Foundation, a company that operates in Monrovia and in other countries around the world to have to give back to society most particularly the needy. Not too often, do we see companies operating within our City, Monrovia that will do these things, but I am grateful to the AMI foundation for the gesture” Mayor noted.

Mayor Koijee however uses the occasion to call on other institutions or companies to follow the example of the AMI Group of Companies in reaching out to the neediest in society.

In remarks, Assistant Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice, Eddie Tarawali commended the foundation noting that it came as a surprise.

“I like to firstly extend my gratitude to the almighty God and the Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Tamba Koijee for the great work he has been doing for his people in Liberia and the Foundation for the gesture made to the prison compound. I am indeed grateful,” Minister Tarawali said.

Minister Tarawali maintained that the Monrovia Central Prison has over one thousand five hundred inmates as such there is a need for support in buttressing the government.

He however promised the AMI foundation in partnership with the Monrovia city government that the rice will be used for the intended purpose.

Receiving the donation at various hospitals, Health centers, and a Public School in Monrovia, the beneficiaries lauded the AMI Foundation for the donation describing it as timely.

For his part, the Officer in Charge at the Cora Medical Clinic in New Kru town A. Slewon Bestman praised the AMI Group of Companies for identifying with them.

” It is not the amount but thought so we say a very big thank you. I am so happy to have been chosen among many clinics in this area and for recognizing our work. Let God bless you and let your work be
Multiplied,” Mr. Bestman said happily.

At the John F. Kennedy Hospital, the Administration treasured the donation and said it was timely.
“Wow! This came at a time when we were already discussing how to get rice because all of our rice had finished. We are so happy about this donation. it came in time” The John F. Kennedy Administration noted.

Meanwhile, the Foundation in partnership with the Monrovia City government continued the donation on Saturday, November 26, 2022 when they visited Bomi and Margibi and donated the remaining bags of rice.

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