A group of professional Liberians, who once lived in exile during the country’s civil crisis, have formed Friends of Tabou (FOT), a social and/or political group whose members have opted to give back to society by undertaking projects such as constructing education facilities and other meaningful developments.
Tabou is located in the southern part of Ivory Coast.
Jarlawah A. Tonpo, chairman of FOT, made the disclosure on Sunday during one of the club’s official meetings held at the residence of George Newton in the Chicken Soup Factory, Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.
Chairman Tonpo said since they established the FOT over a decade ago, they are confident that the time has come to make substantial contributions to development projects that would impact the community.
“We know what United Nations did to help us when we were in exile, which made many of us who we are in society today. So we want to in a similar way, give back to the Liberian society, but under the auspices of FOT.”
To achieve their goals, Mr. Tonpo said each member of the FOT is required to make a cash contribution as well as forge unity and maintain cordial relationships among its 292 documented members.
He said members of the organization are proud of returning to Liberia, because their time spent in exile was never wasted, but marked with success.
Outlining FOT’s upcoming activities, Tonpo said the members are expected to assemble in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, to approve some projects, to adopt the constitution, as well as discuss other developments.
Mr. Tonpo then paid homage to individuals and organizations that supported the academic sojourn of FOT members including Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, among others.