As peace returned to Liberia, the focus has shifted to improve living conditions for 50.9% of the population who live below the poverty line. Here are just some of the organizations working to reduce poverty in Liberia.
5 Organizations Working to Reduce Poverty in Liberia
- Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE): To increase educational resources, CODE has partnered with the WE-CARE Foundation (WCF) to provide professional training as well as support to local teachers. Publishers, academics, teachers and authors help craft these mentorships. In addition, the two organizations are one of the only sources of locally-written literature for children.
- ActionAid Liberia: ActionAid believes that empowering women and girls is critical to addressing poverty in Liberia. In efforts to achieve its goals, the organization implemented the Safe Cities Program in Gbarnga, Monrovia, Zwedru and Buchanan. This program aims to address violence against women in public spaces such as universities and city streets. Safe Cities also supports advocacy meetings with governing bodies, executes local and national awareness campaigns about the program and works to improve the national task force against sexual and gender-based violence.
- Save the Children: Save the Children began supporting Liberian children in 1991 to address the immediate needs of children the war impacted. Since then, the organization has shifted focus on providing health care, protection and education to reduce poverty in Liberia. The organization’s health program aims to train health workers, provide essential medication and reconstruct health care facilities. On the educational front, Save the Children’s Liberia Education Program focuses on strengthening the Ministry of Education and communities, thus providing kids an education in a safe and protective environment. Finally, to ensure the protection of the rights of children, Save the Children has also been advocating for the improvement of policy regarding alternative care and reuniting separated children.
- Friends of Liberia: Friends of Liberia is working to reduce poverty in Liberia by expanding U.S.-led teacher training opportunities to K-3 rural teachers, as well as principals on how to best teach the nation’s curriculum while also improving principal to faculty collaboration. The organization is also working to strengthen the country’s economic sector. Friends of Liberia is aiming to help the nation develop a middle class through training, modest funding and business development. The organization is also working to provide training opportunities to nurses and midwives in health care centers.
- Liberian Assistance Program (LAP): To increase educational opportunities for Liberian children, LAP established the Obama School to provide 300 children from kindergarten through ninth grade with an education. The school has 20 staff members, furnished classrooms with tables, bookshelves and textbooks, a cafeteria, electricity and bathrooms with a septic system installed. Although the school had to shut down due to the Ebola Crisis in 2014 and 2015, LAP continued to provide 16 staff members of the school a salary for six months. Funds were also available for rice for the students and rice and soap for the village of Gbonkonimah.
Economic growth, gender equality, education and health care are some of the focuses of post-war Liberia. With the efforts of these nonprofit organizations, the government and local communities, Liberia will likely continue to make positive reforms for its people.