Physician who treated Ebola patients in Liberia among recipients of A New Dimension of Hope award

May 23, 2017

A New Dimension of Hope will present its second annual Leaders Overcoming Obstacles to Peace award to two international humanitarian leaders during its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, June 3, at Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd.

Regis graduate Ebenezer Norman started A New Dimension of Hope (NDHope) in 2010. The nonprofit organization builds schools in Liberia, a West African country that doesn’t have a formal educational system. One school has been built and plans for a second school are underway. Norman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organization Development at Regis in 2011; last year he began work on his Master of Development Practice at the University.

“I grew up in West Africa, and I’m also a Regis product. Everything this University does is about service and giving back to humanity,” Norman said recently. “I have to build schools for children who won’t otherwise receive an education. We’re all here for a purpose. I want to be part of the movement to change the fate of Africa.”

NDHOPE will honor Dr. Jerry Brown, a 2014 TIME magazine Person of the Year for his work fighting the Ebola virus in his native Liberia, and Kimberly Moore, a philanthropist working with NDHope. Moore is best known for adopting the wishes of more than 40,000 underprivileged children from around the world through her Adopt A Letter/Adopt A Country program.

Brown has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. “His heroic work, saving lives during the Ebola epidemic, is a testament to his commitment to care for patients even at great personal risk,” wrote Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in a letter to NDHope. “We join you in saluting Dr. Brown.” 

Carole Hruskocy, a Regis professor in the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, accompanied Norman to Liberia last fall, where they visited other schools and met with government officials. “Being a former elementary school teacher, I love the organization’s connection with young children and its vision to provide educational opportunities to children who are in so much need,” she said.

Individual tickets to the fundraiser are $75 and may be purchased through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders. Learn more about NDHope at www.NDHope.org.

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.

Photo caption: Ebenezer Norman, founder and president of A New Dimension of Hope, with children during a recent trip to Liberia.