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.