In the spirit of sisterhood that has driven their organization for nearly 100 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has donated their time and resources to the construction of a new home for a victim of Hurricane Katrina. On June 16th,2007 AKA volunteers began building this home in partnership with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) at 8739 Plum Street.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is pleased to underwrite a Habitat for Humanity Home. With the help of Genworth Financial, and through the partnership with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) , we are doing our part to help a family impacted by Hurricane Katrina to get back on its feet,” said Barbara A. McKinzie, Alpha Kappa Alpha's International President.
The house will be dedicated for NOAHH partner Lugenia Raphell, a bank employee who was an evacuee during Hurricane Katrina. Unable to rebuild on her own, she was forced to leave New Orleans until she found her way back to a new home with the help of NOAHH.
“This home will give my parents a place to visit and will help restore some degree of normalcy to our lives,” Lugneia Raphell said. “I look forward to being in my own home again.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is America's first Greek-letter organization founded in 1908 by, and for, Black college women. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it is one of the world's leading service organizations. The sorority serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 200,000 women in over 975 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan and Africa. The sorority celebrates its Centennial Celebration in 2008 with a birthday celebration at its founding home – Howard University -- in January 2008; and with its Centennial Conference in July 2008 in Washington D.C. where more than 20,000 members are expected to converge to celebrate its 100-year milestone. For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, log on to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority website