Activist | Philanthropist | Politician
Lao Tzu said that “great acts are made up of small deeds”. MacDella Cooper has achieved greatness through the many works and deeds, large and small, that she has done and continues to be engaged in.
MacDella Mackie Cooper – also known to many as “Liberia’s Angel” – was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in the mid-1970s. She had a happy childhood until her life was deeply affected by the Liberian Civil War in the 1990s. After enduring, first-hand, some unthinkable and unspeakable atrocities during the war, she sought refuge in Côte d’Ivoire as one of thousands who fled the conflict that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
Over the past 15 years Cooper have worked to effect change in leadership and governance in Liberia. Inasmuch as her efforts have primarily been through philanthropy and human rights, these commitments are founded on the moral imperative to effectively improve the state of social services in Liberia. Access to these services remains well below pre-civil war levels of slightly more than 1/3 of the population. And, remarkably, an even higher proportion of the country’s children survive on less than $1 a day.
MCF provides many opportunities for funders, organizations, individuals and families to join the MCF movement toward educating and developing Africa’s most vulnerable populations (i.e., women, orphaned children and abandoned youth). Opportunities range from becoming a financial sponsor, to sending care packages to becoming a mentor or a youth ambassador for the cause. Other giving opportunities include supporting the foundation’s annual children’s Christmas party for hundreds of children in Monrovia.
- In-kind donations of goods
- Provide scholarships
- Provide internships for our students
- Employee engagement
- Financial sponsorship of MCF’s programs and initiatives
On October 17th, 2016, Madam MacDella Cooper publicly announced her candidacy for President of Liberia in the 2017 elections. Cooper became the only FEMALE candidate running for the nation’s highest office. She emerged 9th, amongst a field that included 19 male candidates, following a brutal, hard-fought and often divisive contest, further promoting the cause and prospects for women and their empowerment in a paternalistic society. Madam Cooper ran on a five star Platform of Hope and Reform.
1. Free Education For Every Child
Educational progress in Liberia has suffered greatly over past decades. According to UNICEF, the literacy rate for boys is 63.5%, and 37.2% for girls. Adult literacy rate is 42.9% and the primary school net enrollment ratio is 41% – a significant socio-economic barrier.
Ms. Cooper’s Commitment: Improving the quality of education and fostering optimal learning conditions…