“The world needs people who are devoted to the needs of others. I believe I am one of those people,” declared Checago Bright-Sawo
Mr. Checago Bright-Sawo is the Founder and CEO of the Checago Bright Foundation (CBF), Inc., which was officially launched on December 3, 2010. The CBF is a registered 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit organization. Having gone through some turbulent times, not only can he relate to people in need, but has decided to commit his life to empowering the underprivileged through capacity building and community development programs.His motivation for establishing the foundation is anchored in his ongoing desire to support the well-being of ordinary people Liberians who lack access to the adequate supply of basic life necessities such as safe drinking water, adequate sanitation (toilet facilities), education initiatives, and outreach programs.
Mr. Bright-Sawo is driven by his passion and experience from the devastation of 14 years of civil conflict and its impact on the people. He organized several town-hall meetings with community members to collect data. He used the results to inform the types of programs and initiatives to design for the people.
Mr. Bright-Sawo was born in Monrovia, Liberia, where he spent his formative years. Both of his parents hail from Lofa County in northeastern Liberia. His mother is a self-made businesswoman without a western-style formal education. His father is a former K-12 school teacher. He is blessed with wonderful and loving siblings who have supported him throughout his journey.
Mr. Bright-Sawo graduated from the B.W. Harris Episcopal High school in Monrovia also served as the student government president. He spent several years in exile at the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana, but later emigrated to the United States of America in 2003.
In the U.S., he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where graduated with dual degrees in Social Work (BSW) and International Studies (BA) with a minor in Political science and concentrations in Global Affairs and International Development. He later obtained a Master of Science in International Social Work with concentration in policy and global affairs from Columbia University, New York, graduating magnum cum laude.
Upon graduation, he volunteered for nine years with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in North Carolina by helping new refugees as they arrived in the U.S. He now lives in Washington, DC where he advocates on behalf of refugees worldwide and is regularly invited to speak on issues pertaining to refugees and youth development. Mr. Bright-Sawo has headed refugee delegations for the past four years on World Refugee Day. He has also lobbied Congress and the White House for greater protection of refugees overseas and enhancement of services to refugees who are already in the U.S.
Mr. Bright-Sawo runs the CBF, Inc. on a pro-bono basis.