LIBERIA - Ganta: Foster Home - Mercy Program and Farm

To provide a stable home and lifestyle for Liberian orphans

$48,758 raised

Foster Homes – Mercy Program:
The work of HFTN Liberia began in late 1997 when Liberia was in the process of recovering from a devastating 8-year civil war (1990-1997) in which approximately 13% of the pre-war population was killed (300,000 killed out of 2.5 million). We began our work by placing 85 war-affected children into 47 HFTN foster homes.

In 2003, war broke out again and the social, political and economic fabric of the Ganta area was ripped apart again, but is now gradually being rewoven. Tragically, the war left its victims, mostly widows and orphans, in a place of desperate poverty, hopelessness and disarray. Multitudes of children were left abandoned or orphaned. However, some of these children now have a stable home environment, and each child in HFTN care has free tuition in the Hope Academy.

Hope Farm:
Located on 25 acres of both fertile and productive swamp land, this micro-enterprise project produces both short term crops such as vegetables and fruit, and long term crops such as palm oil, rubber trees and Maringa.

The children in our many projects are the first recipients of the food and what is left over is sold on the open market and reinvested in the farm.

Moringa is one of our primary focuses on Hope Farm. We have 200 trees growing now and have made two harvests this year. The moringa plant is capable of helping to wipe out malnourishment.

To use the Moringa, we dry the leaves, make powder and add the powder to the children's meals 3 times daily along with local nutritious nuts. The child begins to recover rapidly within 2 weeks. So if a child comes in poor in health like the first photo (see image gallery to the right) and is fed with moringa and infant formula, within two weeks, she looks fat like in this second picture. The infant formula is very expensive in Liberia (approximately $10usd per can). This is a perfect local, sustainable alternative.

Our partner organization is Be A Hero. [Click here to learn more about our partner]

Project Updates

  • I was recently introduced to a picture of despair, depression, and hopelessness.


    Painted in the late 1800’s, ‘HOPE’ is a portrait of a lady in deep depression. The painting is void of color and the woman’s posture reflects hopelessness. Sitting on a tarnished globe, hunched over, blindfolded, and leaning against the broken strings of her harp . . . surely the artist has missed the point. The colors, the posture, and the absence of any help on the horizon completely signal a life that is doomed and beyond help.


    Yet, look again!


    Upon close observation of the harp, we see there is one string still intact. Our subject is plucking the only string left and is intently listening to its welcoming sound. The sound of one string strummed with the strength of a dying breath ushers ‘hope’ into the gloom.


    Look closer!


    No, look again. Let your eyes move to a pinpoint of light located straight above her shoulder and up to the very edge of the canvas. Lo and behold, a ‘star’. A glimmer of hope breaks into the darkness only waiting for its illumination and warmth to break forth. The star shows that ‘hope’ will attract the help that is on the way.


    I have just returned from Liberia where, twenty years ago, HOPE FOR THE NATIONS entered a post-war nation of despair, depression, and hopelessness. A few of us crossed a small river from Ivory Coast into Liberia in a dugout canoe and planted the flag of HOPE in Ganta, Nimby County. After 8 years of rebel insurgency, the nation was left in ruins and poverty. Children had not been in classrooms for 8 years, the economy was in shreds and yet, there remained one string left on the harp!


    We bought some acreage, planted a flag and called it HOPE VILLAGE. In short time, UN trucks loaded with refugees from Guinea and Ivory Coast, told their drivers to stop as they were going to disembark. In the next few years, thousands of refugees settled around our ‘flag pole’. When asked why they alighted in a region far from their own communities, they said: “We believed in ‘hope’. We knew that wherever there is ‘hope’, there follows education, development, and a bright future”.


    Today HOPE VILLAGE runs HOPE ACADEMY, HOPE FARM, HOPE MALNUTRITION CENTER and 33 HOPE Homes. Around us has grown a community of thousands of individuals whose lives have been transformed from despair to relative prosperity through ‘HOPE’.

  • A story of Children at Risk becoming Children of Change - Meet Alice . . .

    "Alice was brought to our Children’s Recovery Center in Ganta, Liberia on November 3, 2017, from a neighbouring village. She was severely Malnourished and unable to eat because her jaw was locked. Her life was in danger. Romeo is a young man that graduated from our own Hope Academy High school a few years ago. He entered university to become a Physicians Assistant. Hope for the Nations was able to assist Romeo with his tuition fees during his last 2 years.

    After graduating, and with his degree he returned to Ganta. Out of appreciation for all we had done for him he offered to volunteer at our base for 8 months. He has been huge help to our staff in assessing the medical needs for the malnourished and sick children that are brought to us.

    When Romeo saw Alice he was very intrigued by her problem. His education helped him recognize that Alice had an abscess tooth that had ruptured causing tremendous pain. This also caused her jaw to become rigid. Romeo and our staff got Alice to the JFK hospital in Monrovia, informed the doctors there of the problem. She was operated on immediately.

    When we saw her in January she was looking so healthy and well on her way to a full recovery."

  • Derry Flomo’s mother brought him in to our Hope Childrens Recovery Center in Ganta last year. She was 8 months pregnant when they arrived. He was a very sick little boy. His stomach is swollen and he was so weak he could not control his head. After five months of feeding him properly, caring for him and praying for him he is now a healthy young boy. His mom gave birth to a healthy baby who now, with the training from Hope for the Nations staff, will know how to feed and care for her childre

    Helping kids like this is awesome.

  •  Each year we pursue the goal of eliminating malnourishment in our community of Ganta, Liberia. Every year we feel like we are making progress, but more and more hungry children find their way to our clinic. Most of them now are coming in from farther away. Some come from neighbouring Guinea. Some are brought by other NGO's. 

    We believe we are winning the battle in our community, and because of this our reputation is growing. Our staff do an amazing work. Ruth, Yar, Maryann and others work all the time to care for these children. When our clinic is full they take the children home with them.

    When these children come in they often look so close to death. No muscle, no smiles, no energy. When I took this picture of this boy at the pump, Maryann said that they know when the boys are getting better they always try and pump the water. 

    I love seeing hungry kids eat and get strong. I love watching them grow. I love it when they leave school to work in the community and make a difference in others lives.

    Thanks for all your help.



  • Last summer  Anna Boayoe came to our HFTN Mercy center in Ganta to ask for help. Her husband had left her and she and her 6 children were homeless, hungry and without hope. Anna was not looking for a handout, but for a loan so she could start a business to try and care for her young family. Ruth and Lakaryee (our great staff) helped find them a temporary home, gave them food, and gave them a loan through our business program. We also helped her get her business started. Within 3 months Anna had paid back her $400 and was making enough money to care for her children.

    Anna would buy fresh fish daily in Ganta and travel to Guinea (30minutes) in the afternoon to sell it. Her sister would stay with her children while she was gone.

    When I arrived in January  she was in the process of building her own home with her income on her own property that she had purchased. I walked with her to her home and so impressed with what this young lady(34) had accomplished. Anna had determined that she wanted the best for her family and she was going to make it happen.

    HFTN helped her by supplying the funds to complete  her home so she could move in right away and avoid paying another years rent ($300) 

    I love helping the poor and needy, but I love it even more when they want to help themselves. It is a combination that can acheive greatness through God's grace.

    Thank you for your care and support.


  • The story of Mercy Cooper
    Mercy cooper was born unto a teenage mother who was not prepared to take care of her. She was abandoned by her mother Christine at the age of 6 months. Christine’s step mother took Mercy and brought her to HFTNL healing center. When she arrived she was dry, withdrawn and frail hair and could not sit or stand on her feet. Her first day at the Ganta hospital showed that she had worms, malaria, low blood and running stomach. Mercy remained at our center for 4 months until she got healed. Mercy was discharged one month ago and she is happy, living with her grandmother who is taking care of her. HFTN staff will be doing follow up visits to help Mercy eat well and stay nourished.

    This story is written by Ruth Zansi. One of the many great ladies who does all the hard work in caring for children.

  • The work in Liberia continues to grow and many children's lives are continually being changed for the better. This past year we have had over 60 severely malnourished children come to our center to stay with us until they are healthy. Some of these children are orphaned and some are HIV positive. In both cases we are able to find a Hope home to help raise them. We now have 163 children that we care for and help raise in our Hope foster homes. This includes food, education, clothing and healthcare. I am amazed that as more children are brought to us we continue to have the funding and space to care for them. Thank you for your help! There are children alive today that would have died otherwise.

    One challenge is that a local hospital that has been run by an NGO has been handed over to the government. This hospital had been a tremendous asset in offering medical care for some of the malnourished children. This change in management has placed a significant burden on our staff as more children are being brought directly to us.  Please pray that we have the ability to help every child.

    We continue to offer feeding programs in many villages and training for the parents. Hundreds of children benefit from this. We continue to strive to eliminate malnourishment in Nimba County.
    Hope Academy has 680 students this year and continues to improve on its education. Liberia has now been 6 years without war and we are hoping to see a whole generation grow up educated and motivated by a good and positive future.

    Please continue to pray for all our Liberian staff. Ruth, Rachel, Yar, MaryAnn, Lakaryee, Daniel and Angeline all are amazing people who have a huge heart for children.

    Please pray for our Hope children growing into young adults and moving on in life. We desire the best for them as they show the leadership that we have always hoped for.
    Thank you again for your care and help,  Ken

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$48,758 raised


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