Liberia

Why Liberia? Fourteen years of devastating civil war in Liberia ended in 2003, leaving infrastructure destroyed and the economy shattered.

The country was only starting to recover when it was hit by Ebola in 2014 and is now facing the further challenge of COVID-19. Concern has been there since 1996, focusing on both development work and emergency aid.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Liberia. Find out more about our response here.

Needs and challenges in Liberia

The needs are enormous in Liberia, with 51% of the population living below the national poverty line. Some 35.5% of children under the age of five are stunted; 33% of females and 13% of males have never attended any school, and only 58.5% have access to protected wells.

In total, 23% of rural households rely on unprotected water sources. Malaria is a major killer of young children and both gender inequality and gender-based violence (GBV) are widespread.

The education system in Liberia was really affected by the 14-year civil war. In essence, an entire generation of children missed out on any education.

Jenny Hobbs, Concern Education Advisor

Latest achievements

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Nutrition training

We provided nutrition training to 5,341 mothers in the last three years across 214 Mother Groups, and we provided support for the establishment of over 3,409 kitchen gardens.

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Savings and loans

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WASH committees

Brothers Darry (9) and Sala (7) from Toe Town, Liberia. Pictured here in their school shirts. These brothers benefit from a new water pump constructed by Concern Worldwide. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Brothers Darry (9) and Sala (7) from Toe Town, Liberia. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Rebecca Dolley with her husband Jeremiah in Nakai Town. The couple have four children together. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Rebecca Dolley with her husband Jeremiah in Nakai Town. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Jacob David is village elder in Yarplah Town. Jacob's village resposibilities include; Counselling; Teaching and participating at board meetings. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Jacob David is village elder in Yarplah Town. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Soloman Tarr, sitting on the right alongside other members of the Gueh Town CSLA. Photo: Sam Holder / Concern Worldwide.
Soloman Tarr, sitting on the right alongside other members of the Gueh Town CSLA. Photo: Sam Holder / Concern Worldwide.
Sadah Smith of Toe Town. Sadah and her three daughters struggle to collect clean water from the local creek. Concern have installed a well in the centre of Toe Town so the families finally have access to clean water. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Sadah struggled to collect clean water from the local creek. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.

How we’re helping Liberia

Our response in post-civil war Liberia focuses on not only helping those in dire need, but also supporting communities to take control of their own lives.

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