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Mission Statement

Beating poverty in Liberia by providing education, hope, health and dignity to the children of Gardnersville. We are enabling these children to rebuild their country after years of devastating war. These children are Liberia’s next generation of doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, agriculturists, economists, and politicians. We believe that by investing in them we are investing in the hope for Liberia’s future.


We Are...a community of people in the United States supporting the dreams of a community in Liberia, Africa. The Hope Project was founded after two families in WA adopted little boys who were orphaned as a result of Liberia’s civil war. Through these adoptions a friendship grew between these families and a native Liberian, Joseph Cummings. The families asked Joseph what they could do to help his community, and he answered, "We need a school. These children are the future of Liberia, and without education they can do nothing for us."

So the families partnered with their community in Seattle and in Leavenworth, Wash. and sent Joseph the funds to rent and renovate buildings, hire teachers and start a school in his town of Gardnersville, Liberia. InNovember 2007, Hope International School opened its doors to 400 children. Today, there are 1,200 Pre-K through 12 thgrade students attending the school. Twelve of the Hope School teachers volunteer their time to teach night school to 100 adults who were not able to attend school due to the civil war.

With the support of donors, The Hope Project has been able to build campus bathrooms and a security fence, provide clean water to students and the surrounding neighbors, and hire a certified nurse to provide basic medical care.

How it works

The Hope Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports community leaders in Gardnersville to provide opportunities to children and their families as Liberia rebuilds after decades of devastating war. Because we are a small, home-grown organization, we have very low overhead costs: 95% of all donations go directly to the school in Liberia.

The Hope Project School is the only private school within a twenty-mile radius that is tuition free. Students pay minimal fees for uniforms and school supplies. The only government school in the area is severely overcrowded. The Hope Project School employs 42 Liberians including teachers, administration, security guards, janitors and the nurse.

It currently costs about $7,500 a month to support The Hope Project School's daily operations and pay the teachers. 100% of that support comes from individual donors in the United States. Your support will help us continue to run the school, pay our teachers, provide clean water and medical care to the children, provide more curriculum, and eventually help our students obtain higher education.



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