Liberia | ActionAid UK

Liberia

ActionAid Liberia has been active since 1997, starting as a cross-border initiative with ActionAid Sierra Leone to help with large numbers of refugees fleeing from fighting in both countries. 

Now, we work in eight of the 15 counties in Liberias, focusing on women’s and girls’ rights, youth and urban poverty and governance. 

Why we work in Liberia 

Liberia experienced a 14 year long civil war, ending in 2003, in which 200,000 people died: approximately one person in every 20. Around a third of the population was forced from their homes.

The conflict left the country in economic ruin. More than 40,000 fighters — including 15,000 children — needed to be disarmed and reintegrated into society.

Liberia was recovering and rebuilding from this long conflict when the largest Ebola outbreak since the discovery of the virus struck West Africa in 2014. Nearly 5,000 people died.

Now, although the outbreak is over, the impact of Ebola continues. Health services have been hit hard, and schools are working to accommodate students who were forced to miss a year of school during the outbreak. Years of progress were lost as economies and markets slowed down, leaving the poor even poorer. 

 

How we’re changing lives for good in Liberia

Our child sponsorship programme in Liberia helps to support families as well as funding programmes so that Liberians can rebuild their country. 

We run youth social and economic reintegration programme enables former child soldiers to gain abilities and tools they can use to make a living. They can learn basic skills in carpentry, masonry, agriculture, vegetable production or animal husbandry.

To tackle Ebola, ActionAid Liberia focused on supporting schools and communities with Ebola prevention and control kits. With our local partners, we provided psychosocial support to women, girls orphans and vulnerable children in 45 communities. 

We also helped over 2,300 women, young people and women with disabilities to recover their livelihoods. This included soap making projects, and a women’s saving loan to help other vulnerable women within the communities.

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