KGI NEWSLETTER 1.1
Greetings, and welcome to the first edition of the Koha Girls, Inc. newsletter. I would like to, personally, thank you for taking the time to read through this newsletter and I hope that you will find some relevant information for yourself, your families, and friends. Happy Reading!
After several years of developing ideas, Koha Girls, Inc. was finally introduced to my extended family and friends on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Somerset, Massachusetts. This was one day before I graduated from Bay Path University with a Master of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy
Koha Girls, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity and Massachusetts nonprofit corporation, formed in April of 2018. Our goal is to empower ALL girls and women from different cultures, races, and religions to build their self-esteem, to be disciplined and to work hard at whatever they set their hands and minds on doing. We are currently working with minority girls and women who most times do not have the support that they need to thrive.
Our mission is to empower minority girls and women to become productive citizens through building self-esteem, discipline, hard work, and education. Our vision is to ensure that all minority girls and women succeed in achieving their goals no matter what they are.
Heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of my families, friends, and well-wishers who attended the introduction and graduation celebration on May 18, 2019. Thanks also to those who were unable to attend but honored my request by making financial contributions to Koha Girls, Inc., in lieu of personal graduation gifts to me. All of the contributions made were greatly appreciated and will be used for the intended purpose. Thank you!
Ruth Koha James MS
Founder / President / CEO
First, he was a son that loved and cared for his mother, Mama Simor, having lost his dad at an early age. Then he became a hard-working student who excelled in his academic pursuits. Having acquired his academic goals, he felt the need to share what he had learned. His career as a higher education instructor began in the early 60’s at the University of Liberia, College of Agriculture and Forestry.
Although he earned a good income at the University, he chose to go back home to Lofa County, Northern Liberia in 1978, to work at the Lofa County Agricultural Development Project (LCADP) as the training manager. He was a family-oriented man that loved home and wanted to serve his people. He was many things to many people. To me he was Papa, and he made sure that I knew and understood he loved me through his actions.
I was a shy, introverted girl with very few social skills to support friendships. My lack of social skills made me to appear as though I was unfriendly, but the reality was I did not know how to make many friends and was always hiding behind my older sister Amy, who was the total opposite of me. Amy became my closest sibling after my two younger siblings, and play mates, Clement Jr. and Elizabeth Simor, died in the same year.
With the lack of social skills, Papa was always there to teach me what I needed to know and complimented the things that I did well. Public speaking was my worst nightmare; instead of yelling at me and making me feel stupid, because I was too shy to speak in public, he taught me how to speak in public without being intimidated by the crowd. He would have me stand in the living room and pretend that there was an audience that I needed to address. Then he
HONORING PAPA CONTINUES
would give me something to read and tell me to read slowly, pronounce my words correctly, and speak up loud enough so that the person at the end of the room could hear me. After every practice, Papa would make sure to say, “you girl, you are doing very well, your Papa is very proud of you!” With continued practice and compliments, I am more comfortable with public speaking. I am not the social butterfly, like my other siblings, but Papa loved me just the way I am. He did not try to change me, instead, he helped me improve in areas that I found difficult. This is why I love to be me. Papa taught me that everyone is different even in a family that loves and cares about each other like our family. He taught me that it is okay to be who I am in the mist of the similarities that bonded our family together. I am forever grateful to Papa for letting me be who I am. Thank you Papa.
It is with a heart full of gratitude that I cannot resist passing on to others what I have learned. I am teaching my children and their friends just the way Papa taught me and my siblings, our friends, and his students not only academics but life skills. The way in which Papa taught others after he acquired knowledge and skills is what I am trying to do through Koha Girls, Inc. I believe that, with God’s help, and with the help, knowledge, skills, and the wise counsel of my mother, Ruth, and my siblings, Phebe, Wia-Mae, Amy, and Emmanuel, I am confident that what Papa said to us long ago can be a reality: “Girls can do what boys can do and sometimes even better”. Together we will continue to be assets and not liabilities”. I love and miss Papa’s kind words and great teachings. Each lesson that he taught will always resonate with me, and the Koha Girls, Inc., forever. Thank you again, Papa. Loving Daughter Ruth (Jatu)
Wonderfull World Retreat
On Saturday July 6, 2019, Koha Girls Inc. had a free all
girls retreat at the Almy Hall, 841 Read Street in Somerset, MA. The retreat which was intended to be for girls in grades 7th to 9th, turned out to be a mothers and daughters retreat as mothers stayed with their daughters for travel conveniences. Participants journeyed on an imaginative tour to the seven continents through the use of the Wonderful World Retreat Kit from Group Publishing Company. They explored the continents via wonder questions like “I wonder what it would be like to be royalty? Followed by scripture references to answer the wonder questions. Thanks to all who attended and participated in the retreat, your presence was highly appreciated. Thanks also to the Somerset United Methodist Church trustees for allowing us to use the Almy Hall for the retreat and to Mrs. Evelyn Charbonneau of Fall River, Massachusetts for the surprise favors provided for the girls on the morning of the retreat. Greatly Appreciated! Ruth
UPCOMING EVENT: Free back to school event
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Place: Community Room, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence RI 02906
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Decorate your own drawstring backpack, make personalize name tags, bookmarks and more………
For boys and girls of all ages. Parents with young children should please be prepared to stay and help your children with projects. Registration is required to ensure that we have enough supplies and snacks. To register please call or text Ruth @ (508) 677-7422
PARTNERS & FRIENDS NEWS
Trinity United Methodist Church
Koha Girls, Inc. participated in the Friends and Family Event at the Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC) Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday July 21st. Thanks to the Family Ministry Coordinator Mrs. Betty Q. J. Clinton for the invitation.
We had so much fun with the youth and children doing mostly outdoor water activities on that hot Sunday afternoon. We look forward to engaging the children and youths of TUMC and its community through more fun and educational activities in the future. Thanks for having us.
We remember a family friend of ours Ms. Joan Boham (Aunty Joan) and her family in Accra, Ghana as they mourn the death of her mother Mrs. Christine Boham (Grand Ma Boham) of Takoradi, Ghana.
Aunty Joan and her husband Uncle Fiifi opened their hearts and home to all of the Koha Girls, our families, and friends, during the Liberian Civil War when many Liberians sought refuge in Ghana. Their kind friendship has since lasted, as the saying goes, “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. Whenever Grand Ma Boham visited her daughter’s family in Accra, she always welcomed us with a smile and kind reassuring words. Grand Ma Boham will be greatly missed. If anyone touched by this family generosity would like to extend condolences to Aunty Joan and her family, please feel free to call or text her at 011233244361982. Thank you, Ruth
Excerpts from an interview with the oldest Koha girl Ms. Phebe S. Koha.
Courtesy of Phebe S. Koha
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