Ebenezer Norman's Story
Ebenezer Norman was born and raised in Liberia. He moved to the United States as a teenager to pursue his bachelor's degree, which he received from Regis University, and is currently pursuing his Master of Development Practice there.
In 2010, while visiting family in Monrovia, Liberia, Norman was inspired to start a new foundation under his own leadership. A foundation dedicated to aid developing countries and educate children with the same standards with which he was taught in the United States. This foundation would later become A New Dimension of Hope.
In only five short years, Norman has taken the values of NDHope and inspired change by leading a campaign to build schools in Liberia. In 2015, he stood on the steps of the first NDHope School with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee and celebrated the first day of classes that will continue for years to come.
A Letter From Norman
As a child, born in Liberia, I wondered what life would look like having food every day.
There were many days a meal meant a “heaven” to me. The lack of food was not the only thing that was a conundrum to me. It was also the injustice, the poor health system (death/dying was the norm), and safety/human rights missing in my society that I did not experience or know how to feel if it were present.
I have been blessed with the same opportunity like Czech-born American politician and diplomat Madeleine Albright, Levi Strauss, and Joseph Pulitzer, which is the opportunity to live in the United States. The severity of the problems mentioned above is so bad that my mind pushes them into an inaccessible corner of the unconscious. This action taken was required for the sake of my own sanity.
After arriving in the United States and for eight years I had to learn over again. I was like a baby learning a new norm! Quickly, I was able to assimilate the American way both culturally and structurally. I soon realized that a country as great as the U.S. had its own faults. The average American however, consciously or subconsciously, believes it is his or her own responsibility to do what he or she can to help level the playing field for all people equally and not just for those we are most like. I grasp that believing such an idea, has to be intentional. So I made a purposeful effort to study the lives of great men and women who promoted aspirations of helping others equally.
After years of studying people like, Dr. King, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson and Susan B. Anthony, I’ve made a conclusion. My decision is summed up into the words of German Physicist, Albert Einstein; "Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving."
I am only here on a temporary basis until God calls me home.
A New Dimension of Hope