Our work in Liberia

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Our work in Liberia

Concern Worldwide has been working in Liberia since 1996, alternating between development work and providing emergency aid. We are currently shifting our focus towards a longer-term, community-based approach to our work.

Ebola in Liberia

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the largest outbreak of the virus since it was first discovered in 1976. The deadliness of the disease, with a fatality rate of up to 45.1%, caused fear across the region. More than 4,800 Liberians lost their lives to the disease.

Concern’s Ebola emergency response in Liberia included the construction of community care centres, training for medical staff in Infection Prevention and Control, support to quarantined families, rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities, support to schools as they re-opened and providing information on protection against the virus.

The World Health Organisation declared Liberia Ebola-free on 3 September 2015. Concern’s emergency preparedness programmes in the country continue.

Liberia's recent history

In November 2005, the Liberian people elected the first female president for Liberia and for Africa, and with that came a sense of optimism. The democratically elected government has the daunting task of helping the country recover after 14 years of civil war. This is a great opportunity for Concern to make a sustainable impact tackling the widespread poverty and helping Liberian people create a more stable society.

Our charity work in Liberia focuses primarily on responding to the livelihood, health, and education needs of vulnerable communities in the four counties where we work: Monserrado, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Bong County.

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Concern is working to improve education in the poorest areas of Grand Bassa County in Liberia, where more than 80% of children missed out on an education due to a 14-year civil war. Our response includes: school construction, teacher training and water and sanitation.

Training farmers

A major part of our livelihoods work in Liberia has been establishing centres where we train farmers about better agricultural practices and skills. This helps them produce better crops and improve their income.

>> Read our blog about this

Building communities

We also focus on ensuring that communities have adequate access to food, schools and markets. This includes building schools, bridges and roads to make these accessible. We’re also providing water and sanitation facilities for communities living in slums. This work is supported by health and hygiene promotion activities. 

Making education accessible 

Concern is targeting 4,500 people in 18 communities through its education programme. Our education programme in Grand Bassa County involves improving the quality of teacher training and developing a relevant curriculum. Above all though, we aim to make primary education accessible to all, especially girls.

>> Read more about the work we are doing to educate girls

HIV and AIDS: engaged learning

Our HIV and AIDS programme focuses on raising awareness, prevention, testing and treatment, home-based care, social support, reducing stigma and educating through interactive initiatives.

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