Imagine being six and eight years old and walking barefooted for four miles to fetch water for your family. Although this is just your imagination, unfortunately, in 2013 it was reality for Etta and Helena, two young girls whose only formal education consisted of them learning the safest travel routes in Monrovia, Liberia to the nearest water-well.
But then there was HOPE, on August 30, 2013, founder Eli Gbayee saw the two young girls walking barefooted, in the rain, with buckets on their heads. Intrigued with what he saw, Eli stopped the young girls and asked, “Why don’t you have any shoes on your feet?” One girl replied, “Because my dad does not have any money.” Touched by their unfortunate circumstances and later learned shared by many others in their community, Eli contacted his church, Second Baptist, for assistance. Thus, Eli was sent two-hundred dollars from the youth group, S.W.A.G.G.A.R. (Serving with Attitude Giving God All Reverence) to purchase one-hundred and twenty pair of flip-flops for young children living on Gurley Street South Beach in Monrovia, Liberia.
While visiting this slump, as a poor community is referred to in Liberia, Eli encountered many financially and educationally deprived families. For the first time in fourteen years, Eli experienced a clear flashback of his childhood. From this encounter, Eli was compelled to do something. God laid it on my heart to respond and as a result, Hope-for- Liberia was born.
Hope -for- Liberia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the poorest communities with food, clothing, potable water and basic supplies, as well as access to medical care and educational opportunities, which will promote personal development and community involvement through active participation. We are committed to impacting lives, one step at a time, with the motto in mind, “Together We Can Give HOPE”.