A Special Thank You…


May Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Council supported the efforts of Helena Jones-Wreh and Fred Mugaga by helping to raise awareness among May staff about the plight of girls in Liberia, and launching the first project of the “Helping Hands, Open Arms” Campaign — the Liberian Backpack Project. Below is a personal message from Helena to her May friends and colleagues:

In March, I went on a mission to Liberia to deliver backpacks with educational materials to girls, and clothing and toys to the students of Klay District. Students from 15 different schools benefited from the Liberian Backpack Project. Because of the demand, some students were given notebooks, pens, and pencils without a backpack. The joy and hap­piness they all expressed is beyond words.

The community showed so much appreciation and gratefulness, that they honored me as a hero. I was quick to let them know that the real heroes were my friends at May Institute. I could not have done this by myself. Your generosity made so many people happy.

On behalf of Daughters of Bomi, the organization with which I am affili­ated, the people of Klay District, and of Liberia, I say a huge thank you to all of you for your kindness. You have shown me that we are a family at May Institute. I can never thank you enough for helping to educate Liberian girls and for the many other donations. May the good Lord con­tinue to bless you.

To view photos of Helena’s trip to Liberia click here, or to read the related article in the Liberia Inquirer newspaper, visit