WHO WE ARE

We are the Krao Healthcare Foundation, Inc. 
 

OUR MISSION: To provide healthcare education and awareness of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) prostate and breast cancers to our communities.


OUR VISION: Members of our communities will be educated in taking care of their health and physical needs.

 

​OUR VALUES: The fundamental principles which guide the behavior and actions of our people and our organization.

OUR INTEGRITY: We are committed to honesty, loyalty and a high standard of ethical conduct.

OUR PROSPECT: We value diversity, talent and ideas. We believe every individual should contribute and have the opportunity to be heard.

OUR EXCELLENCE: We achieve performance excellence through hard work, innovation, creativity and prudent risk taking.

OUR TEAMWORK: We accomplish our goals by working together and relying on each other.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

The Krao Healthcare Foundation, Inc. was established by the members of the National Krao Association in the Americas, Inc. as an extenstion of their healthcare mission.  The purpose of the Krao Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is to provide Healthcare Education & Awareness of the health issues facing the Krao communities in the USA and Liberia.  We also aim to provide solutions to these health issues in the form of our programs and initiatives. 

 

Organization Information:

 

  • Organization Name: KRAO HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, INC.

  • Date Founded: 9/20/2016

  • Chairman of the Board: Lawrence D. Sekajipo, CPA, CFE, CVA, D.B.A., J.S.M., MBA

  • Executive Director: Joseph T. Sarwee

  • 501(c)(3) Public Charity

  • IRS Determination Letter Number (DLN): N16000009087

  • EIN Number: 81-3757604

  • DUNS Number: 

  • CAGE Code: 

  • Location: 7402 N 56th St., Ste 825, Tampa, Florida

  • Tel: 813-989-3100

  • Cell: 813-943-3965

  • Fax: 813-989-3026

  • www.kraohealthcarefoundationinc.org

  • email: kraofoundation@gmail.com

OUR HISTORY & FUTURE

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL KRAO ASSOCIATION IN THE AMERICAS, INC. (NKAA)

In early 1991, as the Liberian civil war captivated the attention of Liberians residing in these United States, men and women of the Krao Ancestry observed from afar the senseless and fratricidal civil war against unarmed and defenseless civilians that reached one of its many brutal and barbaric heights. The gruesome images of victims of the carnage as read in newspapers and seen on television screens around the world awestruck men and women of the Krao Communities of New York and New Jersey. These men held several meetings to discuss means of lending a helping hand to alleviate the plights of the suffering and victimized people during the war, and to assist their immediate families and friends in Liberia.

 

The Krao men and women residing primarily in the states of New York and New Jersey, held series of meetings at the Adam Clayton Powell State House in East Harlem, New York to explore ways and means of offering assistance to fellow Krao brothers and sisters back home in Liberia. The decision to form an organization was largely conceived at the culmination of these meetings. A two-day Summit Conference was held in September 1991, during the Labor Day Weekend, in the states of New Jersey and New York respectively. 

The meeting was attended by representatives from the states of Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland / Washington DC, and the host states of New Jersey and New York. The business session was held on the first day on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey. On the next day, a fund-raising social event was held in Harlem, New York. The assembly reached a significant milestone in their deliberations during the business session in Newark to establish an organization and refer to themselves "Krao" people, instead of "Kru" for historical reason, because the founding members believed our forebears referred to themselves as "Krao." With the organization having the all embracing and inclusive humanitarian goal and objective of lending a helping hand to all Krao (Kru) people, irrespective of their country of origin, the founding fathers decided to name the organization the National Krao Association in the Americas, Incorporated. Thus, the National Krao Association was officially formed in 1991, and the first National convention was subsequently held in the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan on Labor Day weekend in September in 1992.

Programs for 2018 include: 

 

  • Fundraising events for Krao Healthcare Foundation to provide education, awareness and support for:

  • Diabetes (blood sugar) education and management

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) education and management

  • Breast Cancer education and awareness (d) Prostate Cancer education and awareness

  • Prostate Cancer education and awareness

THE KRU PEOPLE

KRU PEOPLE: AN AFRICAN TRIBE THAT REFUSED TO BE CAPTURED INTO ENSLAVEMENT

The Kru people are an African tribe of coastal southeastern Liberia and neighboring Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).   The tribe is known for sailing. Many of the Kru people also migrated to neighboring areas such Sierra Leone to look for work as fishermen and dockworkers. The Kru along with the Grebo resisted Maryland settlers’ efforts to control their trade. They were also infamous amongst early European enslavers as being especially opposed to capture.

 

Kru people were more valuable as traders and sailors on slave ships than as slave labor. To ensure their status as “freemen,” they initiated the practice of tattooing their foreheads and the bridge of their nose with indigo dye to distinguish them from slave labor.

 

Their history is one marked by a strong sense of ethnicity and resistance to occupation. In 1856 when part of Liberia was still known as the independent Republic of Maryland, the Kru along with the Grebo resisted Maryland settlers' efforts to control their trade.  They were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture.

 

You should also consider adding key information such as:

 

  • The Kru are one of the many ethnic groups in Liberia, comprising 7% of the population. It is also one of the main languages spoken.

  • The Kru are one of the three main indigenous group players in Liberia's socio-political activities along with the Krahn and Mano people.

  • Notable ethnic Krus include President of Liberia George Weah, who is of mixed Kru, Gbee, Mano, and Bassa heritage, as well as his predecessor, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is of mixed Kru, Gola, and German ancestry.

  • Soccer star William Jebor is exclusively of Kru background, as is Christian Evangelist Samuel Morris who was originally known as Kaboo.  Mary Broh, the current mayor of Monrovia, is of mixed Kru and Bassa ancestry.

LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA

The present-day Republic of Liberia occupies 43,000 square miles (slightly more than Tennessee) in West Africa. It is bordered on the southwest by the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the Ivory Coast. From antiquity through the 1700s, many ethnic groups from the surrounding regions settled in the area, making Liberia one of Africa's most culturally rich and diverse countries. Settled in the early 1800s by freeborn Blacks and former slaves from America, Liberia, whose name means "land of freedom," has always struggled with its double cultural heritage: that of the settlers and of the indigenous Africans. 

Some quick facts about Liberia: 

  • Government:  Republic

  • Capital:  Monrovia

  • President:  George Weah

  • Dialing code:  +231

  • Climate Weather:  Tropical/Humid

  • Population:  4.614 million (2016)

  • Official language:  English

  • Currency:  Liberian Dollar (LRD)

  • Religions:  Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%, other 0.2%, none 1.4%

  • Ethnic Groups:  Kpelle 20.3%, Bassa 13.4%, Grebo 10%, Gio 8%, Mano 7.9%, Kru 6%, Lorma 5.1%, Kissi 4.8%, Gola 4.4%, other 20.1% (2008 Census)

  • Agriculture:  rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (manioc, tapioca), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber

  • Industries:  mining (iron ore and gold), rubber processing, palm oil processing, diamonds

We are the Krao Healthcare Foundation, Inc. 
Our mission is to provide healthcare education and awareness in the areas of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), prostates cancer and breast cancer to the Krao  communities in the United States and in Liberia.

CONTACT:

T: 813-989-3100

C: 813-943-3965

F: 813-989-3026

E: kraofoundation@gmail.com

ADDRESS: 

KRAO HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, INC.

7402 N56TH ST STE 825
TAMPA FL 33617-7710
United States of America

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