Liberia

Years of political upheaval and civil conflict in Liberia caused widespread disruption to public services, infrastructure and the economy, from which the country is still recovering. More recently, Liberia was severely affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak and communities are still dealing with the long-term effects of this crisis.

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the humanitarian arm of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL-RD) to support agricultural and economic rehabilitation in areas heavily impacted by the Ebola crisis. Demonstration farms offer local farming groups access to land, seeds, tools and training to produce cash crops for income and vegetables to nourish their families. By increasing their harvests and creating products with greater shelf life and sale value, the groups can invest in farming and processing equipment and other community development initiatives. Savings groups further support the economic empowerment of communities, and create opportunities for discussion and action on GBV and the social and economic reintegration of Ebola survivors and their families.

We are also working through ECL-RD and its networks to engage faith leaders in addressing and preventing gender-based violence (GBV).  This program is supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Islamic Relief USA.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving the Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets
  • Increasing shelf life, value and marketability of food products through processing

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and increasing care and services for survivors
  • Reducing the long-term impact of Ebola by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Liberia Press Releases & Stories

Episcopal Relief & Development and Islamic Relief USA Announce Pathbreaking Partnership on Gender-Based Violence in LiberiaWorld Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End MalariaEmpowering Women and Girls: The Rule, Not the Exception (and it's not just a women's issue)World Malaria Day: Invest in the Future

Fast Facts

Liberia’s 2005 elections brought to power Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

More than 60% of Liberians live in poverty, and the 2014 Ebola crisis was a major blow to the economy.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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