Breaking Boundaries: A fresh start after Liberian civil warTonight, we bring you the second story in our three part series, Breaking Boundaries. We'll meet two men from the West African country of Liberia who now both live and work in Grand Forks.
Tonight, we bring you the second story in our three part series, Breaking Boundaries. We'll meet two men from the West African country of Liberia who now both live and work in Grand Forks.
After living through a civil war in their home country, Ebenezer Nyanswah and Melton Dadeah say they're both lucky to have a new start in America. Now, they're breaking boundaries ocean wide as they work to get much needed school supplies to Liberian children.
Ebenezer Nyanswah and Melton Dadeah were born in Liberia, but didn't stay long.
Ebenezer: "There was a civil war going on and my family and myself ran to a different country."
Melton: "I got chased out of my country when I was two years of age. I lost everything I had."
Both men escaped to the neighboring country of Ghana.
Melton: "We played soccer together, went to school together."
Several years ago, the childhood friends both ended up in Grand Forks.
Ebenezer: "It changed my life. People accept me for being here."
Melton: "We were so lucky to come to America."
Now, both men are working at a local tire shop and raising kids of their own.
Melton: "As a father you have feelings for kids. You have feelings for other people out there who don't have anything."
After finding some stability in America, the men decided to start the nonprofit Nyanswah Foundation to help educate children in Liberia.
Melton: "When we were growing up we never had anything, so we wanted to look out for kids back there."
Ebenezer: "Right now the economy is kind of tough back home. People have no jobs, so you have no money to send your kids to school."
Melton: "Anything that is not anything in America, believe me it's worth a lot back home to somebody."
Ebenezer's girlfriend is also helping out with the foundation. She says simple things like books and pencils are what's needed most."
Megan Gustafson: "People don't really realize that there's a lot of kids around the world that don't have that."
Ebenezer: I would love to help people. Since I was a little kid, that's what I always loved to do."
More information on the project including how to donate can be found at nyanswahfoundation.com.