The only thing most of Liberia’s children learned about during 14 years of civil war was the devastation of war — violence, rape, hunger, and fear. But now you can give a child hope.
Liberia is America’s African sister nation, founded as a republic in 1847 by freed African-American slaves. But in 1980, that republic began to crumble as military coups and civil war claimed the lives of over 250,000 Liberians, displaced over a million more, and completely devastated the country’s infrastructure and economy.
With the help of the Liberian Women’s Prayer Movement and the international community, peace returned to Liberia. In 2005, the Liberian people elected their first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated administrator and economist. President Johnson is dedicated to rebuilding Liberia and fighting corruption. But with the infrastructure and economy in ruins, this task is enormous. Most people live on less than $1.00 U.S. per day and the unemployment rate is about 85%.
During the war, most schools and universities closed and many children were forced to become soldiers or sex slaves. Almost an entire generation of children had no hope of an education or a future until now.
A majority of Liberia’s children still have no opportunity to attend school. Those who can attend often receive a marginal education because of the lack of funding for university-educated teachers.
We envision and are working towards a time soon when all of Liberia’s children will grow and flourish through access to a quality education.