E. Hodo & A. Momolu Educational Foundation Inc. supports and provides opportunities to help underprivileged students and families in a time of need and work towards a greater goal. Understanding the importance of educating our future generation, we shall assist each participant with educational supplies and related items in order to obtain necessary skills to improve their quality of life, become good citizens, empower them to participate, and make great impacts in their communities.
E. Hodo and A. Momolu Educational Foundation Inc. we founded on July 22, 2018, in Ewing, New Jersey, received its Non-Profit 501 (C) 3 status in February and exempt status in March of 2019 respectively.
We believe all children have equal value, therefore when empowered, they strive to succeed, henceforth, we shall enrich and support every participant confidence and growth. We, partner, to offer emergency help to needed families and the homeless.
The late Mr. Ellie Hodo Howe, Sr.
(Org. Founder's Father)
Very few photos remain of the late Mr. Ellie Hodo Howe, Sr. following a fire as a result of the civic crisis in Liberia. The EHAME Foundation is named in his honor and memory.
E. Hodo and A. Momolu Educational Foundation Inc. (a 501 (C) 3 non-profit exempt Organization) is named in honor and memory of its founder’s late Father and late Husband. Both shared some struggles in obtaining their education and had to overcome so many obstacles to become successful and renowned men. Mabel's late Father went on to become a Physician Assistant, Businessman and Humanitarian, while her late Husband obtained a Bsc and Masters in Criminal Justice and dedicated his services as a renowned Managerial Police Officer. Keeping their legacies alive and her family's passion to always render services to others are the contributing factors and motivational tools in creating this non-profit Organization which is intended for humanitarian purposes.
Services supporting educational and needed causes mattered greatly to both her father and her husband. It services will be local and international (specifically - Liberia where the needs are tremendous). E. Hodo and A. Momolu Educational Foundation Inc. was founded on July 22, 2018 in Ewing, New Jersey, received its Non-Profit 501 (C) 3 status in February and exempt status in March of 2019 respectively. The Organization strongly supports Self-confidence and quality educational causes by providing clothing, educational supplies and scholarship opportunities for underprivileged and low-income students and families.
The late Mr. Anthony Momolu Watson, Sr. (Org. Founder's Husband)
More photos of Mabel's husband Mr. Anthony Momolu Watson, Sr. in whose honor and memory the EHAME Foundation is named.
Our Board Members
1. Mabel H. Watson
2. Janice Rashford Gray
3. Edith Massaquoi
4. Yatta Dukuly
5. Ann Zienlski
6. Lucy F. Suah
7.Dr. Jerome Boikai
8. Kabeth Deen
9. Vamadu Sheriff
As the eldest of 8 siblings, in her native Liberian-West African culture it was and is customary that Mabel care for her younger siblings with extra concern. Unbeknownst to her at a young age, over time she would eventually come to develop a life-long love and compassion for educating children stemming from her "typical middle-class" upbringing led by her father, a Physician Assistant, Businessman, humanitarian and her mother, a Kindergarten Teacher. In addition, her early, traditionally-imposed expectations as the oldest child, coupled with her experience with leading her seven brothers and sisters by example to ensure their well-being, has not only contributed to the woman, mother, leader, visionary she has become, but the welfare of her family and community still remains a top priority of hers to this day. Hear her story of how the EHAME Foundation has come to be:
In my country, my early childhood would be considered a typical fancy world as a middle-class family in a middle-class “neighborhood” in comparison to developed countries. I hail from Liberia-West Africa. My dad was a physician assistant, businessman and my mother a Kindergarten teacher (a career I never dreamed I would pursue later in life.) Growing up with a loving and average family that enriched my livelihood, being a child who always wanted to make a difference in the world often tempted me to go beyond family rules and reach out to people of diverse cultures and other values. In my young mind, I construed my acceptance into college as a way of doing just that---meeting new people and getting away from the restrictions at home.
To keep with the family legacy, my dad urged me to follow his path into the medical profession. With his gentle nudging, I gradually made up my mind to become a doctor, so upon entering college I decided to major in biology with the hope of making my father proud. Everyone who knew me knew that I was a “Daddy’s girl.” I was always compared to him, one because of my stark resemblance to him, and two because I not only inherited many of his personal attributes, but I have also adopted much of his impressive, solid work ethic.
I was getting along well in college until unfortunately I learned that my father’s life had been tragically taken away. His sudden death instantly changed my pursuit of my dream and my life. Losing him left an awful impact on my life, as well as the unforgettable experiences my family, community and I faced as a result of the civil crisis in my country. My high hopes of pursuing my career were dismissed before I had the chance to think about it. In the midst of these two abrupt life-altering circumstances, I knew I had to stay focused. I prayed to God daily asking him for courage and strength to carry my family and I through, having no time to grieve nor an opportunity to give my father a decent burial.
Moments of the civil crisis coupled with the times of uncertainty gave me a whole different meaning on life, especially seeing children, who had lost their parents during the civil unrest, roaming around in search of food and clothing. That gave me an even greater urgency to make an impact by helping in whatever way I could, disregarding my feelings of the loss I had incurred. I therefore started extending help to others as I took on the responsibility of my younger siblings and Mother.
Eventually, over time I decided to continue my education and ultimately changed my career to Business Administration Management. Upon graduation, I took my first job as a Sales Manager. In my new role, others could see within me leadership skills that I never saw within myself, and because of that I had the opportunity to excel in various other roles.
After serving as both Quality Control and Quality Assurance Inspectors and holding different managerial positions, with a devoted husband and having 4 children of my own, I became comfortable and felt that life was once again in the green with me until the economic crisis started. As a result of the crisis, my family and I relocated to the United States and resided in Michigan, and again
"Growing up with a loving family enriched my livelihood, but being a child who always wanted to make a difference in the world made me to go beyond family rules in reaching out to people of diverse cultures and other values. My dad was a physician and my mother was a Kindergarten teacher, a career I never dreamed I would pursue later in life. "
~ Mabel H. Watson
from Michigan to New Jersey in 2007, where I transitioned into the teaching field. I took a position with the YMCA as an Administrative Staff and later became a Coordinator. In my new positions, my supervisor constantly signed me up for Early Childhood trainings and would often tell me, “I can see you being the director of this program.” Her motivation coupled with my passion to serve people helped shape my new chapter in life. My obedience, eagerness and humbleness prepared me to become the Director of the YMCA of Trenton Preschool.
As founder of the E. Hodo and A. Momolu Educational Foundation Inc., I believe my attending many professional trainings, workshops and courses, and obtaining various certifications, including New Jersey Administrator's Credential and a degree in Business Management Administration, in addition to the many roles and experiences that I have had the pleasure of holding throughout the courses of my life, have all helped prepare me to lead this important, generous organization.
I view the birth of EHAME Foundation as a natural progression and a culmination of the many personal and professional experiences that have shaped the woman, mother, leader, humanitarian I am today. EHAMEF enables me to partner with a wonderful team of caring, selfless and compassionate individuals, to continue to serve children, families and communities here in the U.S. and abroad (namely, Liberia, my native country) to continue my late father Ellie Hodo Howe’s (hence “E. Hodo”), and late husband Anthony Momolu Watson, Sr.'s (hence “A. Momolu”) life’s work of extending help to others in need.
Founder Mabel H. Watson coordinating Giveaway in her native country of Monrovia, Liberia
Prior to officially formalizing the Foundation in 2018, Founder Mabel H. Watson served as a Preschool Director in Trenton, New Jersey