The Origins


Murhero Foundation was founded in 2012 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S. and serves in the developing regions of West Africa Sierra Leone. The founder in his senior year finishing up an undergraduate in economics at Minnesota State University, Mankato wanted to create something that was fulfilling and of passion. Being born in Freetown, Sierra Leone where 60% of the population live on $1.25 per day reminds him of how fortunate he is to have grown up in America where opportunities reign and with the right mindset one can achieve anything versus in underdeveloped countries like liberia, Eritrea, Haiti, etc. where opportunities are scarce for countless school children. All those who know him knows that Alicious H. Mathia has always aspired to uplift others through his passion of Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.

“The idea came to me in college. It came naturally really, being that I was born and spent some of my childhood in an underdeveloped country, I know how scarce opportunities can be for kids with smarts and the drive to achieve.  So I wanted to be part of a project that contributed to that end, that spoke volume about who I am, and just use my fortunate upbringing here in the U.S and just trying to pay it forward to some of those unfortunate youth that I once was.” —(Founder)

Inspired by Dr. Henry Bonor from the Mende culture
Murherofoundation.org was partially inspired by a man who came from nothing to triumphing and helped to make a difference. Born into a family not of his choosing, his father had many children and he wasn’t  one of the favored ones. Despite his family struggles and less fortunate circumstances in Africa, he persevered to achieve with a mother’s unconditional love and a genuine thirst for knowledge. His dedication and relentless pursuit of education landed him a scholarship with the opportunity to leave his humble beginnings to go study abroad. Coming from an underdeveloped society with limited resources and of a different linguistic, he received his medical doctorate degree while having to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture. With this accomplishment he could have been selfish and just thought about himself and live the good life. Instead he chose to return back to the rural provinces of Bo (Bumpe & Rutifune) in Sierra Leone where his mother had done farm labor for years to put him through school. There were no doctors with his skill level in the region, and many of villages was where a person could die from a simple infection or a snake bite without any medical help. He performed procedures on people even if they couldn’t afford it. Some patients paid him with firm products like: (rice, chicken, cassava, goat, etc.). He saved many lives. We need murheros like him, as his colleagues would say, “R.I.P Doc.”
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Origins of the name Murheroorigin Once upon a time with the breakout of war in a small troubled country that was once a colony of the British, mama Salone (Sierra Leone) as the Sierra Leoneans would call it suffered a great deal of destruction that still hunts the nation today. Living in a small town, one man and his family in fear of combatants (rebels) overtaking the town and inflicting war crimes upon them ran to seek refuge in a secluded place. It all started when rebels entered village, the family frantically woke up in the middle of the night after hearing exchanges of gun shots and bombs, and fled to hide in the bushes to escape and survive. After hearing stories of the brutality brought upon by rebel soldiers; the family still in shock rushed to walked miles deep into the forest. The man finally decided not to go back into town in fear of rebels harming his family, together they built a shelter in the forest of huts that couldn’t quite prevent rain from pouring in, dug wells, and built toilets. This temporary settlement provided a safe haven and a peace of mind for the family. And for no particular reason known today, the man named this place “Murhero”.

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The vegetation on earth is the “hair” on the head of Mother Nature in the same way the hair on the head of a woman is her “foliage.” (Boone) A woman with long, thick hair illustrates a life force, she may be blessed with a green thumb giving her the ability to have a promising farm and many healthy children.


History of Mende

Mende people are descendants of the thirteenth-century Mali eipre that migrated from the Sudan (Mali empire) to settle in Sierra Leone. The oral traditions of the Mende tell of a peaceful migration into the area that may have spanned the period from 200 to 1500 AD. Linguistic and cultural traits suggest that the Mende are descendants of the thirteenth-century Mali Empire. Before the eighteenth century Mende territory did not extend to its present coastal areas, and territorial increase resulted from wars.

 Menda Chief and his Sub-Chiefs

Mende Chief and his Sub-Chiefs

It is well known in Sierra Leone that the Mendes, along with the Krios and Sherbros, are educationists. They are considered to favor learning than doing business. To them, education comes first. They are also known to command respect and possess leadership qualities. The politics of Sierra Leone have traditionally been dominated by the Mende. The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), which is one of the two major political party in the country, is predominantly based among the Mende people. The SLPP gets most of its support in Mende- predominate south-east region of Sierra Leone. Most of the country’s top government positions have been held by the Mende. Sierra Leone’s first Prime minister Sir Milton Margai, who led the country to independence from the United Kingdom on April 27, 1961 was a prominent member of the Mende ethnic group.

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