About us

About Us

Help a Mother and Newborn Initiative (HMNI) is a women/youth-run and non-profit organization committed to improving the reproductive, maternal, and newborn health outcomes and reducing deaths in Liberia and beyond through sustainable and evidence-based interventions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower women, adolescents, and families with essential knowledge, resources, and access to comprehensive healthcare services, thereby reducing maternal and newborn mortality and promoting overall well-being.

Our Vision

We envision a society where every woman, adolescent, and newborn receives quality healthcare, education, and support to thrive and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Our Objectives

Improve access to essential reproductive and maternal health care and resources for women, adolescents, and newborns

Create an enabling environment that prioritizes individuals' rights, privacy, and dignity to ensure access to quality and comprehensive Reproductive & Maternal Health Care services

Increase awareness and education on sexual, reproductive and maternal health issues among women, adolescents and families

Address the barriers that women and adolescents face in accessing reproductive and maternal health services

Our History and Key Achievements

HMNI began as a social impact project in 2021, founded by two young women inspired to improve the Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn health outcomes in Liberia and beyond. Their motivation came from witnessing the stark difference between maternal and newborn health in Switzerland during a three-month internship through the Bowier Trust Foundation. HMNI focuses on awareness, advocacy, and capacity building to address the challenges faced by women and adolescents, including limited access to information and resources, transportation barriers, and cultural norms that hinder healthcare-seeking behavior.

As our impact grew, so did the need for sustainable funding to expand our work across the country. This led to the transition from the "Help a Mother and Newborn in Liberia" Project to the registered non-profit organization, Help a Mother and Newborn Initiative (HMNI), in 2023.

Key Achievements

Since our inception, we have made significant strides in improving Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health outcomes in Liberia. Our key achievements include:

Equipping 75+ Maternal and Child Health care providers with knowledge and resources through Training and Mentorship.

Supplying essential Maternal and Newborn Health drugs and equipment to 15 public health facilities in Margibi County through advocacy and resource mobilization efforts.

Empowering 2000+ less fortunate women and adolescents with knowledge and resources for informed health decisions through our various interventions.

How We Work

We work collaborately with local stakeholders and other organizations to improve the Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health outcomes in Liberia.

Our Approach Our comprehensive strategy integrates three core pillars:

Awareness: We inform women, adolescents, and families about reproductive, maternal, and newborn health. We believe that Targeted Campaigns, education, and community engagement foster smart choices, healthier practices, and informed care.

Advocacy: We champion policy shifts and investment in maternal and newborn health. Engaging authorities and stakeholders, we amplify voices for better policies, resources, and improved healthcare systems.

Capacity Building: We train healthcare providers, adolescents, and volunteers. Empowered with knowledge, they offer quality care, make informed choices, and drive change in their communities.

From Inspiration to Impact: Unveiling Our Journey so far

Discover the heartwarming story behind Help a Mother and Newborn Initiative (HMNI) in our captivating project documentary. Delve into the story of our passionate co-founders, the hurdles they overcame, and the remarkable impact we've achieved. Together, we're creating a healthier future for mothers, newborns, and communities. Watch our project documentary now and be part of the change!


Women, Adolescents, and Newborn


Maternal & Newborn Care Providers


Health Facilities & Schools




Our team is a dedicated group of passionate and committed young people who are driven by a common purpose.

Lela Precious Dolo

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Bernice Maima Kromah

Co-Founder/Assistant Director

Julian T. Tucker

Chief Financial Officer

Agnes Nagbe

Administrative Director

William Moses Lawrence

Program Director

Chris C. Meinwipia

Communications Director

Nulee J. Garteh

Content Creator

Folley J. Sombai

Program Officer

Wonda Allision

Program Officer

Deddeh Morris

Program Officer

OUR Board of Directors

Each member of our Board brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to our organization, guiding us toward a brighter future for mothers, newborns, and communities in Liberia.

Delou Gonsan-Zeo

Deputy Program Director, International Rescue Committee


Dr. Richard J. Doe, BSc, MD, MPH (Epid), MSC (HEPM)

Ministry of Health


Varlee Alieu Sannor

Founder & President, Center for Integrated Solution (CIS)

United States of America

Mbalu Jusu

Program Coordinator, Medica Liberia


Veronica Siafa

Deputy Director, Family Health Program-Ministry of Health


Dr. Peter Werder

CEO, Obwalden Cantonal Hospital


Join Our Team

HMNI is looking for young, dynamic, and hard-working individuals dedicated to improving the reproductive, maternal, and newborn health outcomes and reducing deaths in Liberia and beyond.