Abigail E. Disney, producer of the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, has pledged to donate 100,000 United States dollars to the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa if Liberians could raise the same amount by February 7, 2014 for the construction of the a technical institute named in her honor, for women and girls in Liberia.
A major supporter of Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee’s foundation, Ms. Disney made the pledge at the launch of a 3 million United States Dollar fund drive for what would be called the Abigail E. Disney Technical Institute for Girls, during the GPFA’s 2nd annual fundraising gala program held at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street Friday January 31, 2014.
She told the gathering that the foundation was on the right path to empower women and girls through the establishment of the Technical Institute for girls and a high school that could provide quality education to many.
At the fundraiser alone, prominent personalities pledge amounts close to 30 per cent of the US$100,000 which Madam Disney promised to match.
The in addition to the fundraiser, the GPFA gala featured a silent auction of several pieces of art, copies Gbowee’s book Mighty Be Our Powers, as well as other goods and services provided by local Liberian businesses that have identified with GPFA’s cause.
During the fundraising program, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa recognized all of its scholarship recipients who maintained a grade-point average of 3.0 and above, while encouraging them to do better.
According Madam Leymah R. Gbowee, the foundation has given international scholarships to many young women including Georgia Genoway, Korto Johnson, Ernestine Vulue, Yamah Lavelah, among others, who will be traveling abroad for studies this year in various disciplines.
Madam Gbowee explained that the building of the Technical Institute for women and girls is a way of starting something for girls, adding that even they do not go to college, they can have something doing for life, and could still be on course with others in the country.”
Ma-Hawa Ngaim of the University of Liberia and one of the scholarship benificiaries of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa told the Daily Observer that the Gbowee scholarship was the best in the country, giving full support to women and girls in Africa. “This is the only scholarship program in Liberia that gives school supplies, internships, and many other opportunities including workshops, academic development, and summer student exchange as part of the Foundation’s activities.”
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Editor’s note: The Daily Observer wishes to clearify that Mr. Bai Best, Marketing Manager of Daily Observer was not one of the honorees at GPFA fundraiser as was reported in the February 3, 2014 edition, under the caption ‘Gbowee Foundation Launches Free Education for Girls, Others. The error is sincerely regretted.