The CAF is a local non-profit organization established in 2015 by the Cummings family to provide humanitarian services to Liberians in the areas of education, health, and business. Over the years, the Foundation has spent over 1 million United States Dollars in Liberia for scholarships, healthcare supplies, support for non-profit and charitable organizations.
Currently, the Foundation supports the Alexander B. Cummings Model Science and Technology School (ABCMSTS), a STEM school located on Duport Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Last year, the Foundation held the first Liberia Entrepreneurship Summit providing grants totaling US$25,000 to two Liberian businesses.
Interestingly, in line with its COVID-19 Strategy in 7 of Liberia’s 15 counties, the organization on Monday, May 4, 2020 reached out to various communities within Bushrod Island, including Clara Town, Jamaica Road and the Borough of New Kru Town as well as the densely populated Township of West Point in Central Monrovia- all in Montserrado County.
The organization distributed over 700 bags of rice, super gari as well as some red oil to residents of the various communities.
Speaking during the donation, the founder of CAF, Mr. Cummings, urged Liberians and residents to adhere to all health protocols laid down by the Government of Liberia (GoL) through health authorities, stressing that the disease does not discriminate.
Mr. Cummings, who is also the political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress(ANC, uttered: “We have come to identify with you in such a difficult and challenging time; a time that it is difficult to even find food. However, I want to encourage you to adhere to all health protocols and safety measures because you have to stay safe.”
“I am telling you this because the disease does not discriminate between political parties. It doesn’t care whether you are from the CDC or the ANC. It doesn’t care whether you are a Gio or Grebo,” Cummings, among other things, further urged residents of the various communities as he presented them with their assorted food items.
With Grand Cape Mount County already served, the Chairman of the Montserrado Chapter of the ANC, Mr. Patrick Komoyan, said the initiative is going to target cross sections of the society in six other counties, namely: Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Kru, River Gee and Maryland Counties.
“We believe that a lot of our people are in need and we must identify with them. This distribution is going to other parts of the country, including Margibi, Nimba and the South Eastern Region of our country,” Komoyan asserted.
Meanwhile, in a joyous mood , heads of the various communities and organizations lauded the CAF for the gesture, describing it as timely and prudent. .
“Mr. Cummings you mean well for Liberians. Thank you for your gesture. On behalf of the Maryland Women, I want to appreciate you so much,” said MadamIdee Ragland, President of the Maryland Women in Jamaica Road.
Like Madam Weah, the Grebo Governor in Montserrado County, Mr. Simpson Weah, thanked CAF for the donation, which according to him, is going to help many Liberians and residents within the community and beyond.
For his part,the Chairman of the Lagoon Community, Mr. Nelson Sekeh, on behalf of the Borough of New Kru Town, described the donation by CAF as timely and a plus not just to the CAF, but the ANC as a whole.
“This is a plus for an opposition to go beyond politics. We want to thank you; Mr. Cummings, for your generosity. We need food for our own biological chemistry to fight this disease. I want to urge others, especially from the opposition block to follow suit,” he added.