The small humble beginnings of Moms Against Hunger began in Africa, when Dr. Gayla was a child with her family. They lived 65 miles from the nearest road, deep in the jungle in an African village named Fassama, which is in Liberia West Africa. Her family survived along with the native Liberians, by small amounts of food and the rare help of others. They had an (unplanned) orphanage of abandoned children that they also had to take care of.
As a little girl, she saw children suffering from dysentery and various diseases because of the lack of clean water. This stream was filled with bacteria and virus's as the villages upstream used the water for bathing, defecating, drinking, cooking and washing clothes. So as the water proceeded downstream it continued to fill with human waste. No one realized that this was the reason for all the sickness among the African people.
Witch doctors often came through offering their services to 'heal' the people, but their 'treatments' were mediaval, often deadly and terrified the people. Often using rotten meats, sacrificed animals and emotional threats they ruled the people with terror. The lack of information and education kept them locked in deep fears and death was often a daily visitor.
Watching the people suffer daily from hunger, pain and sickness, and the lack of education put a desire to help people in Gayla's little heart.
Elsa Lund - a nurse lived on the little mission with the Latta family and she did her best to treat the natives for all sorts of illnesses. She spent timehelping Elsa wash legs, and wounds, trying to ease pain and offer advise even as a child. Medical needs ranged from Leprosy to broken bones, parasites to death causing infections.....
Providing any sort of care was more than the children could receive at the hands of their own parents. So children would regularly be abandoned outside our door, so we could help them. (Notice the face of President Tubman on the skirt.) He was the stable President of Liberia at the time... but his leadership was limited as there were no public services to provide for the thousands of african villages across Liberia.
These life-changing experiences left deep imprints on Gayla and upon adulthood she began to offer help to many nations from a mother's perspective.