Morristown Alumnae Demonstrates KINDness to Malawian Children


Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon

(l-r: Janet Smith, Janet Jones, Marian Sykes Johnson, Cindy Flowers, UNICEF’s Monica Olveira, Regina Ashford, Vanessa Davis, Alexis Gardner, Rhonda Tombiling, and Kimberly Monroe)

Members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter (MAC) recently visited the UNICEF office in downtown New York to present a check in the amount of $1,300. The donation will be used to outfit an entire classroom in Malawi with enough desks to accommodate each student. MAC members who delivered the check included President and Charter Member Rev. Marian Sykes Johnson, First Vice President Kimberly Monroe, Immediate Past First Vice President Vanessa Davis, Immediate Past Second Vice President Alexis Gardner, Program Planning and Development Co-chair Cindy Flowers, Treasurer Regina Ashford, Charter Member Janet Jones, Member Janet Smith, and Member Rhonda Tombiling.

Depraved conditions in Malawi relegate up to 70 percent of Malawian students to learn and concentrate while sitting awkwardly on the ground. To enhance conditions in Malawian schools, UNICEF partnered with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in 2010 to launch the K.I.N.D. (kids in need of desks) fund. The K.I.N.D. fund disseminates financial resources to purchase desks and provide scholarships to Malawian girls. 

During their visit, UNICEF Community Engagement Associate Monica Olveira shared an update on UNICEF’s current work. The End Trafficking project is the UNICEF USA’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to protect children.

According to Polaris, a nonprofit organization that works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking, one in seven children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children become victims of sexual trafficking. Of that amount, 88 percent come out of the foster care system.

Olveira’s conversation reminded many of the MAC members of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Halloween collection boxes from their childhood days. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began more than 69 years ago as a way to help children who continued to suffer the adverse effects of World War II. Since then, millions of children across the United States have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids® – involving donations large and small – has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950.

“When I was a child, I was always excited to trick-or-treat for UNICEF, but I never really knew where the funds were going,” reminisced Sis. Smith.

“Having the opportunity to sit with the UNICEF representative and hear about the work they’re doing around the world in spite of their funding being cut by the United States government by $139 million in 2019 made our donation that much more important,” Smith continued. 

“The opportunity to pinpoint a donation to purchase desks for children in Africa will give children a chance to create their own stories for the world to know. Our efforts are now a part of their future development. It is gratifying to know that our work is already making a difference.”


Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon Members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter (MAC) recently visited the UNICEF office in downtown New York to present a check in the amount of $1,300. The donation will be used to outfit an entire classroom in Malawi with enough desks to accommodate each student. MAC members who delivered the check …

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