WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ladies of Rho Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently hosted a free community program entitled "Developing A New Beginning Through Global Migration" at the West Orange Public Library in West Orange.

Speaker Kwabena Jumah highlighted his experience migrating to America from Ghana with his family when he was eight years old and assimilating into American culture. During the event, 117 pairs of shoes were collected for the Global Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority initiative Soles4Soles. 

Global Impact, one of the sorority’s international programs, focuses on several global initiatives: Soles4Souls, Lions Club, Pillowcase Dress & Shirt project, and Refuges in America Assistance program. 

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The Soles4Souls project provides the soles of shoes to provide footwear and jobs for people in need; the Lion’s Club refurbishes eyeglass frames in order to provide eyeglasses for those who would otherwise be unable to afford them; the Pillowcase program recycles pillowcases into shirts and dresses for the children of Haiti; and the Refugee Assistance program aides in educational training and supporting organizations which sponsor activities to help families to integrate into American culture.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, empowered by a commitment to servant leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

The Rho Gamma Omega Chapter has been serving the community of the Oranges and Maplewood for 31 years. Pamela Nash currently sereves as chairperson of the Rho Gamma Omega Chapter’s Global Impact Committee while Recia Howard serves as chapter president.