Liberian refugee in Lafayette is changing the world one spare part at a time

Liberian refugee Eric Willise Wowoh walked into Lafayette attorney Ed Abell Jr.’s office in 2007 and said he wanted to change the world.

“I said OK,” Abell recalled. “He didn’t even have his green card.”

Wowoh, who arrived in Lafayette in 2006 through a program administered by the Diocese of Lafayette, had picked Abell’s name and phone number out of the Yellow Pages. What Wowoh wanted was to set up in the U.S. the same nonprofit relief agency he’d started in Africa a few years earlier called Change Agent Network Inc.

Abell, taken by Wowoh’s aggressive, humble and sincere blend, didn’t charge his usual fee in setting up the legal framework of CAN. Abell also paid the state incorporation fees for Wowoh. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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