Helping Hand is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization located in the state of Iowa USA. Our mission is to use education as a platform to assist in rebuilding the quality of life for the future of Liberia.
Daniel Fandeh was born in 1993 during the heights of the civil war. His family fled to Cote d’Ivoire to seek refuge from the war in Liberia. While living in Cote d’Ivoire, Daniel did not receive any formal education because his family could not afford it. In 2004 Daniel, his mother, father and younger sister came to the United States with the help of the United Nations. The family lived in Des Moines Iowa were Daniel started in 6th grade at Meredith Middle School. Daniel faced many struggles during his middle school year because he could not read and had struggle writing. But he was very determined and motivated to learn and with the help of all of his teachers by the end of his 8th grade year Daniel started reading and by 10th grade Daniel transitioned out of the English as a second language (ESL) program. In 2011 Daniel graduated high school and enrolled at Iowa Central Community College where he graduated with an associate Degree. He later went on to Grand View University and majored in criminal justice in December of 2015 Daniel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and he graduated with honors. When asked how he overcame all of the obstacles he faced, Daniel said “my family, my friends, my country, Africa depends on me and I do not want to let them down. I have a responsibility to make the world a better place.”