It all started with a couple families.
Beginning in 2000, several Washington state families adopted Liberian children, orphaned as a result of the Liberian civil war. At the orphanage, each family worked with a man, Joseph Cummings, who helped them navigate the country’s adoption process. These families eventually met, sharing their stories and relationships with Joseph, whom they had kept in contact with. They teamed up with other families and friends to occasionally send relief, largely in the form of supplies to help rebuild sections of the orphanage destroyed during outbreaks of violence and bags of rice to help supplement meals for families in the area.
Wondering what else could be done, they posed a question to Joseph, asking what it was Liberians needed most. "We need a school," he answered. "Our children are the future of Liberia." Over the course of the next several months, funds were raised and sent to Joseph, who used the money to renovate a neglected building site and turn it into a functioning multi-room school facility. In 2007, with money raised through committed donors in the U.S., Joseph hired state-certified teachers and opened the school's tuition-free doors to 400 local children.
"Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up."
– David Orr
It all continues with you.
What began as two families sharing ideas and dreams has turned into an amazing network of friends, professionals and community members doing what they can to help provide some of life's basic necessities to the next generation of Liberians.
Because of you, access to an education, basic medical care and clean water aren't just hopes for the youth of Gardnersville: they are the first movements of an entire country getting back on its feet.
Interested in joining us?
There's plenty of room at the table.