A Liberian humanitarian and philanthropist received award for his relentless and countless services to both communities here in the United of America and Liberia. Mr. Asumana Jabateh Randolph was born and raised in Liberia. Unlike most Liberians who immigrated to the United States of America as a result of the uncivil crisis, Mr. Randolph moved to the U.S in 1975 as a son of Mrs. Angie Brooks Randolph.
According to Mr. Randolph, his life was greatly impacted by this kind hearted, and human loving woman who was his adopted mother and as a result, everything he does today is geared towards celebrating her life and continuing on her positive legacies of capacitating the man power and human resources of Liberia. Ever since then, his strive has been heavily vested in the areas of education and community development projects.
Asumana Jabateh Randolph is the key factor behind the success of I-HELP Liberia Project. I-HELP Liberia Project is an organization based here in the United States of America. This organization has been helping and assisting several Liberian science teachers through professional training since 2005. Part of the works of I-HELP Liberia Project include taking U. S students and scientists over to Liberia to train and encourage Liberian science teachers and students to excel in the areas of science and math.
Mr. Randolph informed me that despite the fact of not realizing his dream of becoming a medical practitioner, such dream of his will not die only because he did not succeed but will rather continue to live on through his support to Liberian students and teachers who have the ambitions of becoming medical doctors and scientists.
Apart from aiding several Liberian schools including Booker Washington Institute (BWI) with some laboratory equipments, his organization has also facilitated a 10 days’ workshop in math and science for 100 Liberian teachers in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Education in Kakata, Margibi County.
Having hosted the first annual Liberia’s Mathematics Olympics with 10 schools participating on July 4, 2013 at the William V. S Tubman High School, his organization will also be hosting the first annual Liberia Science Bowl competition on December 28, 2013 with 100 Liberian Science and Math students as participants. In spite of all of these humanitarian supports, Mr. Randolph also serves in other meaningful capacities in the communities here in the United States. Currently, he serves as the advisor of the African Youth Association of USA and a board member of the Liberian Mandingo Association of New York (LIMANY). Mr. Randolph is also on the board of the United Nimba Citizens Council (UNICCO) and a webmaster of www.limany.org
Since 1993, Mr. Randolph continues to supervise and mentore future scientists at the Hunter College High School in New York City many of whom have become medical doctors and professors at various U. S universities across America. As varsity soccer coach at Hunter College High School, he won the New York City B-Championship in 2010-2011. Also, as coach of the Hunter College High School Bowl Team, he’s very boastful of winning regional championship four times in four straight years.
It is based on all of these humanitarian services by Mr. Asumana Jabateh Randolph that the team of “Education Care Africa” elected to award him the Edward Wilmot Blyden Community Services Annual Award. This award is viewed by many as a good sign of giving a man his flowers while he is still alive and well. This well deserved award given to this humanitarian will go down in history for the services he continues to provide for not only Liberians but also the multi-cultural society of America. Every Liberian contributes to Liberia’s positive development in his or her own ways; and this is exactly the way Randolph believes in giving back to his Liberian communities. "Building the human resource capacity is one of the best things any one can do for a developing nation like Liberia."