Humans of New York, a blog and bestselling book featuring street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City, recently featured Liberian philanthropist Kolu K. Baysah.
Baysah is the founder of The Anne and William Rothenberg Scholarship Fund, Inc., which benefits Liberian children and was formed in memory of Anne and William Rothenberg, Bayash’s adoptive parents and two educators who believed that education was a basic human right.
“I emigrated from Liberia at the age of eighteen, and a lovely Jewish family took me in and helped fund my education,” Baysah told Humans Of New York.
Anne and William Rothenberg championed and devoted great time and resources to open doors to education for all, especially the disenfranchised. The Rothenbergs envisioned education as the key to unlocking and unleashing the power within, to a life of greater possibilities and fulfillment.
Their unwavering commitment to leveling the educational playing field has enriched the lives of many who benefited from their generosity and, in turn, have used their knowledge, talents and gifts to continue the Rothenberg’s legacy by giving back.
“I emigrated from Liberia at the age of eighteen, and a lovely Jewish family took me in and helped fund my education. Their names were Anne and William Rothenberg. They had never even met me before. But they allowed me to live with them and introduced me to everyone as their daughter. They would never explain beyond that—it was always just ‘our daughter.’ It was so fun to see the confusion on people’s faces. They’ve both passed away. But a few years ago I started a scholarship fund for Liberian children, and I named it after them.”
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