HELLO's mission is to encourage and restore joy in the lives of Liberia's children and youth. Our vision is to create a society of respectful, educated, healthy, devoted, and responsible children whose hearts are toward servant leadership, God, and others. Our goals are to encourage, educate, and equip children and their loved ones who are responsible for them.
In response to the devastating 14 year civil war and the 2 year Ebola crisis, HELLO has developed 3 ways to bring encouragement, hope and joy to children, youth and families in Liberia.
To effectively help Liberians receive credible information, HELLO has provided a radio station in rural Liberia. Our 2kw transmitter is providing access to reliable information for people in remote villages in 5 counties and in neighboring parts of Sierra Leone and Guinea. RICH Radio, 95.3 FM was recently opened in Zorzor, Lofa County Liberia in August, 2022. RICH is the acronym for Real Information, Changing Hearts. Currently, we are not able to be on-air for more than 4 hours per day. There is no electrical grid in this underdeveloped part of the country and the cost of generator fuel is astronomical. Providing solar energy will heavily reduce our carbon footprint and bring sustainability to our new radio station. We look forward to hiring more professionals who will also provide apprentice training for interested youth. RICH Radio will impact hundreds of thousands of listeners because our programming is unique. We offer local, county, national and International news in 4 languages. Other programs include education for students, farmers, nurses, and public health. We promise to bring real, credible information, incredible programs, and local and International music without inappropriate lyrics. We are so grateful for your financial support to help HELLO keep RICH Radio running full time by purchasing a solar unit designed to meet our needs.
STUDENT STUDY CENTER and EDUCATION
HELLO financed and facilitated the building of a study center with a library in Belima, Zorzor City. The community came together, using their time and talents, made earth bricks and constructed this humble yet efficient, one of a kind gathering place for students and adults alike. It is located within walking distance of Curran Hospital, the Esther Bacon School of Nursing, and three high schools. We have hosted language learning classes and computer classes. The enclosed study center also provides protection from mosquitoes, which carry Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever.
HELLO believes that education is the bedrock of every society. To address poverty and given the 47.9% literacy rate in Liberia, HELLO has provided over 40,000 textbooks to primary and secondary schools as well as to colleges.
In August 2015, HELLO partnered with Gathering Together and built a playground in rural Liberia in an effort to bring hope and restore healthy play in children. This playground is benefiting orphans and hundreds of children living in this area, and surrounding villages. To keep the children and materials safe, the HELLO playground land still needs fencing, ground maintenance and security guards. During our recent visit to Liberia, the parents around the playground requested that HELLO provide a day care center on the playground site. This will provide a safe and educational experience for Liberia's little ones. If built, the day care center will provide jobs and ensure that these children will get at least one full meal each day.