Teachers receiving their certificates
Teachers receiving their certificates

The Helping Hands Network is a nonprofit  committed to engaging and transforming societies through education. We recognized that proper education of a child centers on a triangular paradigm with the teachers on one side, the parents, society and students on the other hand.


We see each as a key stakeholder. However, we believe a proper and long lasting engagement with teachers would impact the students, parents and the society at large. We see the teachers as the 'servants'. So we serve the teachers by empowering them to serve the students.


 we are aware of the severe competition in the search for donor funds. So we place premium on sustainability. As such, we use the following as our benchmarks to ensure our interventions are sustainable.

  • Our projects are designed with the inputs of the local community. Thus, they take the lead in the implementation of our projects which makes them take ownership of the projects after our initial involvement.
  • We enrich our volunteers with culture experiences. While working with us, volunteers are encouraged to still in project communities without compromising the safety. This saves us from hotel bills and luxury living costs and make the project feel we are part of them. Besides, this is our contribution to the volunteers' lives.
  • We  focus on minimizing the costs of our projects. For instance our teaching & learning materials throughout the subject mastery workshops can easily be made by the teachers.
  • Our projects are fully participatory and democratically organized. We encourage our volunteers, donors, and friends to make inputs to our projects.
  • We keep our friends, supporters and donors inform about the impact their contributions have made on the lives of our targets through regular reports and testimonies from the beneficiaries.


J. Wilfred Zeon

Founder and Programs Manager

Wilfred Zeon


Wilfred J. Zeon has over 9 years of experience working with nonprofits specifically focusing on education and health. Currently, he is the Deputy Finance Director at Partners In Health (PIH); a US based nonprofit working with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health systems in Liberia. In this role, he supports the Liberia Leadership team with the financial operations of the organization; building functional systems, ensuring strategic allocations of resources, etc. Besides this paid Job, Wilfred is the Co-founder of the Helping Hands Network; a charity he founded along with his long time friend  Tilman that supports education by working with teachers to improve their subject mastery skills. Early last year, he and his team reached an agreement with the Departments of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Liberia to expand the project to other parts of Liberia.


Wilfred’s commitment to social justice is inspired by his own life trajectory as a teenager. He experienced and survived poverty at firsthand. This backdrop gave him an unflinching mission of helping people to live and demonstrate their potentials through quality education and health. He envisions a world where everyone has access to quality education and health.  Besides charities works, Wilfred enjoys speaking, blogging and writing to inspire people to chase dreams despite their backgrounds.

He also volunteered with the Internal Revenue Service, Ghana, and the Liberia Youth Initiatives for Self-Empowerment, the Population Caring Organization, and the Liberian Students Association of Ghana. He also holds strong ties with the World Youth Alliance. Wilfred is 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and an alumni of the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors) in Business Administration from the University College of Management Studies through the Albert Einstein/ UN Scholarship.



 J. Wilfred Zeon is a dynamic inspirational writer and speaker who is passionate about awakening the power and wisdom of people. He strongly believes no one is born useless and is of the conviction that every desirous person is just a mile and spark away from their destination. Mr. Zeon sees himself as that spark or positive energy driver. His disposition and everything about him shows it. His smile and enthusiasm never fade and finds it difficult to say ‘no’ to those who deserve attention. Zeon’s own life story is inspiring too. He spent over 18 years of his youthful days in the refugee camp. The ideas and mental teachings he picked up from his tough days gave him a career in inspiring people with his story. He speaks and teaches on self-leadership. Since 2008, Mr. Zeon has spoken to several students, aspiring and corporate leaders, at the AME Zion University, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Symte Institute of Technology, and the Liberian Refugee Welfare Council, among others.

Zeon has tremendous management and leadership experiences in his service to God and men. He has served on key leadership and Management positions at the Ministry of Youth and Sports; Liberia, Partners in Health Liberia, Medical Assistance Program International – Liberia, the Success Consult International, the Center for Christian Leadership and Counseling, an affiliate of the Flowers School of Technology and Management, Accra Ghana. He also volunteered with the Internal Revenue Service, Ghana, and the Liberia Youth Initiatives for Self-Empowerment, the Population Caring Organization, and the Liberian Students Association of Ghana. He also holds strong ties with the World Youth Alliance.

In fulfilling his own concept about the opportunity of giving, Zeon co-founded the Helping Hands Network (www.2hnet.org); an educational local not-for-profit, along with his best friend Tilman Hartwig. He has been an active infopreneur, educationist, inspirational speaker and development worker for the past ten years. The motive behind this site is to share his stories, writings, and projects. This site will provoke you into action. The principles and stories you will come across here will add something significant to your life.

Mr. J. Wilfred Zeon is equipped to inspire you for essence.  He’s an alumni of the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors) in Business Administration from the University College of Management Studies through the Albert Einstein/ UN Scholarship.

Dr. Tilman Hartwig

Founder & Oversea Coordinator

Tilman Hartwig


Tilman is an assistant professor and lecturer committed to help people in different parts of the world. He was very influential in the design and establishment of the Subject Mastery Workshop project under the ‘Help a School Project’. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and currently works as professor at the University of Tokyo. Besides his lectureships at two German universities he has organized several workshops for teachers in Ghana and Liberia.

Adaeze Ibik

Astronomy Lecturer & Educational Consultant

Jonathan Trenk


Adaeze Ibik is a PhD student of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Canada. She earned her bachelors and masters degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is passionate about science education in Africa especially for the less privileged communities and girls. Adaeze supports the Helping Hands Network as lecturer in astronomy and educational consultant.

Dr. Fabian Ruf

Essential Educational Supplies Program Manager

Jonathan Trenk


Fabian is passionate about supporting people in developing their God-given potential in any circumstances. He supports different initiatives around the globe, e.g., in Uganda, Liberia, Germany. He holds a MSc degree in Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, and believes that education is one of the key drivers of sustainable development. Since the 2014 workshops for teachers, he is part of the Helping Hands Network and initiated the trainer-of-trainers approach and the Essential Educational Supplies program.






Jonathan Trenk

Director of Marketing & Partnership

Jonathan Trenk

Jonathan holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and has opted for another Bachelor in Agriculture as a result of his interest in global agriculture affairs. He also has several experiences in microfinance projects in African communities as he has worked with different women groups during his volunteering days in Ghana. His passion and interest is to improve the lives of children and people in needy communities.



January: Together with CSE and support from SPIE, we organized an optics workshop for 15 teachers


August: We successfully completed the teacher workshop with 61 participants. Thank you very much for your support!

June: Fundraising for our Teacher Workshops this summer: GoFundMe

June: Helping Hands Co-Founder, J. Wilfred Zeon leaves for the USA to participate in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship - an initiative funded  by the US State Department for  Young African Leaders . We are thrilled by this milestone! While in the USA, Wilfred will build network and showcase our work here in Liberia.

May: The IAU supports us with additional 500€.



December: The International Astronomical Union supports us with 2000€.

August: Meeting at University of Liberia



Wilfred's book "Furnished t 2 Furnished" to be relaeased soon: https://jwilfredzeon.villagetales.com

Teacher Workshop, August 2019

Meeting with representatives of the Department of Math, Physics, and of the Liberian Science Foundation.


School Experiments project completed (Oct 2016).

Workshop 2014
Workshop 2014


“We as teachers need this training every year.”

“I want to thank god for this training. May god bless you for this.”

“I pray that this will not be the first and last time. God bless 2H Net.”

“I love the training and hope to see such a training again.”

“I wish to attend another workshop with your organization.”

“I thank God for every minute and hour for this workshop and hope it can be repeated.”

“I appreciate the workshop and pray that you cover the entire Liberia.”

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