LIBERIA - Ganta: Hope Academy School

Training today's students towards becoming responsible citizens and tomorrow's leaders

$60,125 raised

Liberia was in the process of recovering from a devastating 8 year civil war (1990-1997) in which approximately 13% of the prewar population was killed (300,000 killed out of 2.5 million).  In 2003 Ganta was in the middle of civil war.

The social, political and economic fabric of the Ganta area had been ripped apart by the war 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.

The work of HFTN, Liberia began in late 1997.

Hope Academy has a student population of 680 students. Our new campus was built in 2007  is one of the best in the Ganta region.  The 347girl students and 333 boy students have access to good education and a balanced curriculum.   We have our own computer room with 9 computers for student use.  We have our own satellite dish so our students can use the internet to see a world that offers so much more than they can comprehend in the village they live in. Our success rate with this project has been and continues to be excellent.  Our goal is to see these children become "Tomorrow's Leaders".

**Current NEED : This school still requires TRADES, SCIENCE CLASSROOMS and a GYM!





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’.

  • This is a picture of the 2017 graduating class from Hope Academy. It marks the last class that our founder and principal, Rachel Gbatu, will be involved with. She has asked for a different role with our work in Liberia and we have hired a new, younger person to lead our school.

    Rachel has been our school principal for 19 years. The impact she has had on the children and in our community has been great. She is well liked by the teachers and students and will be missed. She will work with our Hope Children, counseling and guiding them through their young life and helping them to prepare for adulthood.

  •     We first met Rufus in 2004 just after a brutal civil war in Liberia. He came to Ruth's house and asked if we could help him with his school fees . Ruth asked him about his life.

    Rufus grew up in a broken home and went to a public school in a town 10km from Ganta. His uncle later took him to Monrovia when he was promoted to grade 10.
    He was abused by his Uncle for 2 years. In his senior year he was kicked out of school for not being able to pay the National Exam fees.

    His uncle kicked him out of his home later on so he moved in with a friend.  One afternoon,thieves broke into his home and stole everything he had. 

    Ruth offered to help him with his fees and offered him a place to live. At first he just took the money for school but did not trust anyone enough to live with them. In time he came to live with us at HFTN.

    Rufus is a born architect and designer. He has designed and builds homes for people since he was in his late teens. This is how he has managed to pay his living expenses. As  he was also trying to complete school he struggled ot make ends meet. Rufus is a child born with a special gift but his uncle did not see it because he is so wicked.                        


     Rufus is now a junior student at the University of Liberia with outstanding records. HFTN is helping him with his fees.

    He has a building team in Ganta and with his leadership is now building homes for Hope for the Nations in Ganta. This picture is of Rufus building the home for Maryann, one of our staff members .

  • Working in third world countries is always full of adventure, progress and disappointment. Building Hope Academy over the past 13 years has been no different.  

    This past year we have seen kids that started with us 13 years ago graduating from high school. This of course brings great satisfaction, but along with that a little disappointment. I wish we could have given them better education. I wish we could have helped them better  understand all that this world has to offer.

    I hope that we instilled a real hope in all of them. I hope that they all will fully understand that God desires great things for each of them. I hope that we placed a foundation in them that will help them make the choices that will bring them success and prosperity and a freedom from poverty.

    The kids at Hope Academy are much smarter than they used to be. I asked the Grade 2 students what country I was from . In order they guessed  America, Liberia, China, Ghana and finally Canada. Aside from the humour in this it was encouraging that they new all these were countries. It was not that many years ago that grade 7 students could not even name any country other than Liberia or the U.S. 

    As I look back on this small project we started   I realize that hundreds of kids have graduated from our school. Without it some might not have had the chance. Some will be successful, some will struggle. But we have given them a chance.

    If you would ever like to help in our school please get in touch with me.

    Thanks for all your support.  Ken



  • Cyrus Dopoe has been a Hope child for 12 years now. His father is unable to speak and his mother passed away many years ago. Hope for the Nations has helped the Dopoe's with a small family business and has paid for the education of Cyrus, Maxwell an their sister. Cyrus has been a very supportive son to his dad helping him to communicate with others. When Hope Academy put in a computer lab, no one worked harder  to learn than Cyrus.  With his new knowledge and great attiude he was able to help with administration work at our HFTN office over the past year. In June Cyrus graduated from school at the top of his class.

    Cyrus has a dream to be a medical doctor, so we encouraged him to take the entrance exams at MOTHER PATERN COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES. He has been accepted in the school and HFTN has paid his way through college. He will majoring in Biology and taking chemistry as well as other courses.

    It is so rewarding to see a young child grow up in horrible conditions and witness his ability to overcome it and pursue his dreams.

    Way to go Cyrus.

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