Liberia was founded in 1822 by freed blacks from the USA. In succeeding years, a cycle of oppression and tribal rivalries eventually led to a coup in 1980. Charles Taylor, a warlord and former president, instigated a series of civil wars in 1989. The wars claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians and displaced up to a million into neighboring countries. A peace agreement ended fighting in August 2003. For more details see the U.S. Department of State website.
Liberia is now finally experiencing a sustained period of peace. However, the economy is horrendous. It is estimated that 80-90% of Liberia's adult population is currently unemployed as a result of the war, which also denied the majority of Liberia's young people the opportunity to attend school to receive the benefit of an education. Fortunately, orphanages and schools have begun to spring up all over the country. However, their needs are overwhelming, and orphanages and schools are struggling to survive.
Founded in 2007, New Hope Mission International is a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) of the Republic of Liberia. New Hope was founded by Ms. Louise Reeves, a native Liberian and member of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD. With encouragement and financing from her American church, Ms. Reeves was able to begin two important projects in Dolo's Town, Liberia: New Hope Community School, which instructs 500 students, and New Hope Home, which houses 50 orphans.
New Hope Home is solely sponsored by members and friends of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church through a child sponsorship program. New Hope Community School is a private Christian school. Children from Dolo's Town are allowed to attend free of charge. New Hope's teachers are all certified. Staff, teachers and the entire school goes from month to month on faith, completely dependent upon God to provide what is needed to keep the school doors open. Humanly speaking, the school could not survive without the help of its friends and outside parties who take an interest in these needy students in Dolo's Town, Liberia. (by Dr. Daniel Broadwater)