Case Studies — Stories of Success

Humanists Liberia: helping to establish a new national organization

When any organization is starting out, they may have few contacts or resources. How do we work with new humanist groups to get them started?

  • case-study Topic / Humanism
  • Date / 2 July 2019
  • By / Humanists International

First steps

A Liberian humanist wrote to us saying, "I am contemplating on starting a humanist organization in Liberia." We began by providing helpful guides on running a humanist group, assisting with the development of a visual identity, and promoting the group's new social media accounts.

International membership and Café Humaniste

Humanists Liberia was welcomed into the membership of Humanists International and then received a grant from our Café Humaniste programme to organize their first ever event.

The future

Looking beyond the success of the first Café Humaniste, the new organization's president said: "We are gearing up for the World Humanist Day celebration on 21 June. Humanists International is helping us greatly."


In detail…

In January 2019 we were put in contact with a young teacher from Liberia, seeking help to create a humanist organization in his country. Thanks to our membership resources and our support, in less than 6 months a new organisation was born: Humanists Liberia.

In January 2019 we made contact with a Liberian teacher, Momolu Dorley. He said: “As a humanist and someone who believes religious dogmas are retarding Liberia’s progress I am contemplating on starting a humanist organization in Liberia.”

Humanist International’s Growth & Development Officer replied to Momolu offering our support and providing him with our membership guides on “how to start” and “run a humanist organisation”.

By the end of the month, at Momolu’s request, the Humanists International had created a logo of Humanists Liberia. Inspired by the three colours of the Liberian flag (blue, red and white), it contains the well-known Happy Human symbol, used by many other humanist groups around the world.

Momolu Dorley and a fellow humanist Levi Hamilton Martin created a <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/humanists.liberia”>Facebook profile</a> to get in touch with other humanists in LIberia under the motto: Rationality, Empathy and Equality.

Humanists Liberia’s application to join Humanists International was accepted by the Board during its regular meeting in February. Soon after, Humanists Liberia applied for a grant to organize an event under the Café Humaniste series on the theme: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/294935651388281/”>Humanism and women’s empowerment</a>”.

The event was a success, with a great attendance and even the presence of the Swedish Ambassador in Monrovia, Ingrid Wetterqvist, who congratulated Humanists Liberia for its first public initiative.

Here are some photos from Humanist Liberia’s inaugural event, a Café Humaniste on women’s empowerment.

At the Café Humaniste event, the President of Humanists Liberia, Momolu Dorley, highlighted that the goals of the organization are “to promote rationality, empathy and equality and to inform and teach people that they have the power, capacity and imagination to alter their destiny through efforts and talents.”

Looking beyond the success of the first Café Humaniste, he said: “We are gearing up for the World Humanist Day celebration on 21 June. Humanists International is helping us greatly. The financial contributions and motivation are really inspiring our growth. We appreciate Humanists International for helping people like myself in so-called conservative society to be able to find ‘our’ voices.”


Find the resource packs that were provided for Humanists Liberia below.


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