ATLANTA–Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford spearheads University Consortium program to bridge the educational gap for Liberia. SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for the Republic of Liberia, Cynthia L. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the United States. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S.-based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations involved in Liberia. UCL Program and Savannah State University
The Honorary Consulate General Republic of Liberia and President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford and Ameila Ross-Hammond, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty & Professor of Music; Director, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Campus Liaison, Norfolk State University, co-hosted an 8-day Service-Learning program in Liberia where Norfolk State students read to students at J.W. Pearson Elementary school, delivered much needed school supplies, traveled to the beautiful city of Robertsport to meet with the Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County to discuss the eco-tourism and planted a vegetable garden with students at Senje Technical School. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the USAID Country Director, Minister of Education and other key officials, tour the City of Monrovia to see historic sites and to experience the wonderful culture, food and history of Liberia.
For more information on how to plan your trip to Liberia, please call the Liberian Consulate Office at (404) 565-1154.
ATLANTA-The Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta is proud to present its 28th Presidential Inauguration. LAMA Incumbent President Leo Mulbah, Vice President-Elect Mrs. Yahsyndi Martin Kpeyei and the new Corps of Officers will be sworn into their respective offices Saturday April 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
The evening ceremony will include the launch of the Capital Campaign for the building and development of the LAMA Community and Cultural Center. Funds raised will support the LAMA center programs to aid the community: Food bank, Literacy center, computer lab, tutoring and education programs and utility assistance. Tickets for the event start at $20 and group rates are available. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please see Inauguration and Community Center Fundraiser Ceremony.
Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellency Jeremiah Sulunteh and Mr. Doliakeh Quomie, First Secretary for Finance and Consular Affairs visit Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Open House Event hosted by the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, Georgia held on October 14-16, 2013.
Open House Event Video Slideshow
On Monday, October 14, 2013, Ambassador Sulunteh participated in the Open House Celebration of the Liberian Consulate Atlanta, Georgia, with Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General, Atlanta, Georgia and First Secretary for Finance and Consular Affairs, Mr. Doliakeh Quomie by welcoming members of government, civic, academic, faith and community where approximately 100 were in attendance.
The new location is in downtown Atlanta, centrally located, near public transportation, and in walking distance from banks and restaurants. City of Atlanta Department of Aviation General Manager Mr. Louis Miller brought official remarks regarding a future Sister Airport Agreement between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Roberts International Airport. Honorable Blandford has been facilitating this discussion with the Director General Aviation, Mr. Archie Williams and airport authorities where there is early support of this Agreement. The Sister Airport Agreement is currently being prepared by airport authorities and will be sent forward for review and feedback once received by the Consul General.
The Ambassador, Mr. Quomie and the Consul General Blandford also met with the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA) leadership following the Open House, to discuss the Town Hall fundraising event scheduled for November 23, 2013, for the Joseph N. Boakai Community Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Ambassador Sulunteh, First Secretary Quomie, and the Consul General Blandford had Breakfast with President Carlton Brown, Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Chairman of Fulton County, John Eaves, Ph.D.; University of Liberia student Varbah Sorsor Chemistry major who is attending CAU on scholarship and Stephanie Evans, Ph.D., African American Studies professor at CAU.
Three University of Liberia students, including Patrick Sowah, Randolph Glee, Alhaja V. Kromah will be visiting Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2013, to learn about student governance, leadership and engagement strategies in collaboration with Clark Atlanta University and members of the University Consortium for Liberia (Kennesaw State University, Georgia Tech and others). CAU signed a Memorandum of Understand with the University of Liberia in 2013 to further mutual collaborations between the two institutions, with a specific focus on study abroad, faculty and student exchange and service learning, joint research and fundraising. There are 18 educational institutions currently engaged in the UCL with a goal of 30 by the end of 2014.
Please join the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and the Honorable Amelia Ross-Hammond, Ph.D., Director of Service Learning Norfolk State University and City Council woman Virginia Beach for SERVICE- LEARNING EDUCATION & BUSINESS MISSION TRIP 2014, in Monrovia, Liberia, March 8-16, 2014. Three academic credit hours offered to students.
Participate in exciting Service Learning activities including a Market Women’s initiative, tutor and mentor youth, plant a garden or help beautify a local park. You will also have the chance to meet with students and faculty at the University of Liberia, Ministers of Government, tour Monrovia and eat tasty Liberian dishes, walk the beautiful sandy beaches, visit the first African-American President Dr. Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ gravesite, the National Museum and where freed slaves landed on Providence Island and much more!
The Travel Package is $4,100 includes round-trip airfare on Delta Air Lines, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, city tours, and VIP receptions. All taxes and fees included. First payment of $700 due by November 13, 2013. Open to students, faculty, staff, business men and women and the community.
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Recently, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac met with the Liberian U.S. Delegation in Liberia. The U.S. Delegation included Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, Georgia, Dr. David Smith, Savannah State University and Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi. The photo above is of the Ambassador and the Delegation at the Ambassador’s residence in Monrovia, Liberia.
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President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly; Urges Nations to Commit to New Global Partnership that Promotes Economic and Social Transformation
United Nations Headquarters, New York – On, September, 24, 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to reflect on the emerging challenges of the world, boldly seize new opportunities, and commit to a new global partnership that promotes economic and social transformations for an inclusive and shared prosperity for all.
“Today, more than at any other time, we have an opportunity to transform our world; to pursue and agenda that will eradicate poverty while at the same time sustaining nature to secure natural resources for future generations,” President Sirleaf stressed, adding that the solutions of yesterday may not apply to today’s challenges, so everyone must muster the courage to take bold steps.”
The Liberian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and her team are poised to assist Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the implementation of “Vision 2030” the agenda for transformation. For information relating to travel and tourism, medical missions, trade and investment trips and study abroad, student exchange and faculty development, please go to our website at www.liberianconsulatega.comor www.globalstrategiesforgood.
Video: President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly
At the World Trade Center Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company received a special painting from the Liberian Consulate, The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, for their sponsorship support.
A special thanks goes to Alex Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The Coca-Cola Company. Mr Cummings was acknowledged for his ongoing leadership and support of Liberia.
The Liberian Consulate will be moving to a new office starting next week!
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The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) luncheon, held on June 14, 2013, was organized by The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford (Liberian Consulate General and UCL Founder) and her team, was attended by over 41 participants representing 12 Universities and Colleges from Georgia and Alabama (see list below). The Honorable Christopher Nippy and the Honorable Doliakah Quoimie from the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia were special guests at the luncheon.
After of the blessing of the meal by Reverend Robert S. Wulah, Senior Pastor, Liberian Christian Fellowship and Vice President of the Liberian Ministers Association, Mr. Tom Crick, Associate Director Conflict Resolution of the Carter Center, introduced the guest speaker. During opening remarks, Honorable Christopher Nippy, First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs, shared the educational needs of Liberia, while emphasizing the bright future that lies ahead for this great nation. He also challenged UCL partners to make good on promises already made, and welcomed others to join the work. The luncheon included the installation of Dr. Carlton Brown as the first President of the UCL. Dr. Brown’s first act as president was to call the meeting to order and, to invite a representative from each University and College to share their past, present, and future work for the country of Liberia (five updates attached). The luncheon appropriately culminated as each partner was pinned with a small Liberian flag on their left shoulder. This symbolic action represents the collaboration and unity that the UCL pledged towards educational endeavors in the country of Liberia, West Africa. The Liberian Consul General, a MAP Board member recently returned from a trip to Liberia with the MAP President to present medical supplies and materials to various communities to help combat the ulcer and other medical ailments.
Over the next few weeks, Hon. Blandford will meet with Dr. Brown to provide a more detailed framework for the UCL including establishing UCL as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Georgia State University, Savannah State University and the Technical College System of Georgia will be participating in an educational needs assessment August 31 – September 9, 2013, in Liberia, hosted by the Honorary Consul General to further the mission of the UCL and in keeping with the “Vision 2030” to help build an educated and trained workforce to support a future middle class in Liberia.
- Clark Atlanta University
- Georgia Tech
- Georgia State University
- University of Georgia
- The Carter Center
- Emory University
- Savannah State University
- Kennesaw State University
- Atlanta Technical College
- Tuskegee Institute
- Mercer University
- Technical College System of Georgia
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Special thanks to the Honorary Consul General’s Circle of Friends for their professional assistance in the planning and organizing of this event and to the Coca-Cola Company for their generous sponsorship.