- ChildFund came to Liberia: 2003
- Population below poverty line: 80%
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What began in the 1800s as a settlement of freed U.S. slaves is now the country of Liberia. It is struggling to rebuild after decades of brutal war and government corruption, which left a shattered infrastructure and scores of refugees from neighboring countries. On Africa’s western coast, Liberia is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, the Atlantic Ocean and Cote d’Ivoire.
Liberia has the world’s third highest unemployment rate, its infant mortality rate ranks in the top twenty, and it is in the bottom ten on the United Nations’ Human Development Index.
ChildFund is helping to make a difference through its work in Lofa, Gbapolu, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado.
“Where children were once recruited as child soldiers, there are now opportunities for them to play, grow and develop at our Interim Care Centers.”
Letting Children be Children
Where children were once recruited as child soldiers, there are now opportunities for them to play, grow and develop at our Interim Care Centers. We focus on rehabilitating communities and reintegrating war-affected women and children as well as internally displaced persons and refugees.
Our Community Education and Investment Project works to enroll demobilized child soldiers in primary school. We have built new schools and supported more than 110 schools with learning materials, including more than 75,000 books.
Through 240 Child Well Being Committees, 192 children’s clubs, 60 youth groups and support groups and literacy circles for more than 1,700 women, we are helping to rebuild the country after years of war.
We’ve helped build Women’s Centers, Peace Halls, Early Childhood Development Centers, wells, markets and community-based healthcare facilities to help deliver vital services and to help the country return to a sense of normalcy. ChildFund works to strengthen and empower communities to better support their most vulnerable members.
We have ongoing relationships with humanitarian organizations and the government of Liberia. We are transitioning to longer-term child protection and development programming.
Ending Gender-Based Violence
Our Safeguarding the Future Effectively program in the Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount areas responds to the needs of gender-based violence survivors and helps create awareness of these crimes through sessions on domestic violence, harmful traditional practices, women's rights, the consequences of gender-based violence and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Access to Food and Water
Many children in Liberia are without access to clean, safe water. Dirty stream and river water spreads a variety of preventable diseases. We construct wells in villages as well as provide training on hygiene.
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Our food security programs focus on seed distribution and technical training so that farmers not only can feed their families, but also generate income from their surplus crops. Animal husbandry techniques give families alternative ways of earning money. We provide additional vocational skills training to local workers and offer small grants to families to make the most of their vocational training.