“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish”
The Ganta Initiative is an informal partnership between The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland and Ganta United Methodist Mission Station (GUMMS).
GUMMS consists of a hospital and school in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia. As is the rest of Liberia, Ganta is recovering from a tumultuous period of civil wars which took place from the early 80’s until 2003. Though the country is in a time of peace, the reconstruction and recovery is slow as the civil wars left over 250,000 dead and the country’s infrastructure in shambles.
GUMMS serves over 600 students K- 12 at the school and operates a 135 bed hospital as well as agricultural and vocational training. The facilities are in tremendous need of repair and reconstruction, supplies like textbooks and even the most basic medical supplies are in short supply or non-existent.
Through this informal partnership, the Nehemiah Mission and the leadership of GUMMS will identify areas of need that visiting work teams may be able to assist with. Nehemiah will then assemble work teams and send them along with a team leader and supply funding to accomplish very specific project tasks in much the same model as is used in Cleveland.
Funding for the Ganta Initiative is developed through group tuition and designated contributions.
The Nehemiah Mission Ganta Initiative has sent shipments of medical and education supplies, dispatched short term mission teams, and has contributed over $50,000 to aid in re-construction, payroll support, internet service, and scholarship funds.