Liberia is a country in West Africa, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. The country is one of the oldest Republic of Africa, yet one of the poorest countries in the world. The main reason behind the cause of poverty level in Liberia is the 14-years civil war, and even after slightly recovering, it is still in a vulnerable state. The country economy is extremely underdeveloped as the civil war destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially the infrastructure.
The World Bank announced that about 54 percent of the population of Liberia is living below the poverty line. Since making our first appearance here, we have worked closely with academia, orphanages, government, private sector, and civil society to help and protect vulnerable children in the slum communities from violence, exploitation and abuse. Only a small proportion of acts of violence, exploitation and abuse are reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held accountable. We and our partners keep an eye on the children who ones have experience these acts by keeping a regular contact with them while protecting others from these acts.
Sierra Leone, a neighboring country of Liberia in West Africa, was one of Great Britain colony till 1961. After a brutal civil war in the country, Sierra Leone is equally included among the world's poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries. Added to these struggles, Sierra Leone is marked by the poorest standards of living. It has the seventh lowest life expectancy and one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.
In this post-conflict country, we focus in areas that affect girls and boys in the societies where we believe we can have the greatest impact. We partner with local government and civil societies to help many girls and boys who are orphan because of war and the deadly Ebola outbreak in 2014. Many of these orphans are left vulnerable and forced to fend for themselves which created a spike in pregnancies after Ebola.
Since becoming independent in 1958, the West-African country, Guinea – Conakry, has been ravaged by tyrannical leaders and the violent spillover of conflicts in neighboring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. The country is among the poorest countries in the world. The 2014 outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in southern Guinea, spreads to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing 11,300 people in two years. The poverty statistics in Guinea are staggering, especially in rural areas. 55 percent of people live below the poverty line, and unemployment rates are very high. Hunger also poses a serious threat, with 17.5 percent of the population experiencing food insecurity, 230,000 children suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and 25.9 percent of the population experiencing chronic malnutrition
In this post-Ebola country, we work closely with local governments, academia to help advance progress across the most vulnerable districts where children are extremely poor and as result being abused and have no access to education and health care. With the help of our local clinics and hospitals we support a range of health care programs for children that emphasizes on health and nutrition, disease prevention, treatment, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Ivory Coast, a West African country with a French-colonial legacy. The country achieved independence in 1960. In 1999 Ivory Coast experienced a coup d'état and two religiously-grounded civil wars, first between 2002 and 2007 and again during 2010–2011. In 2016, Fortune Magazine in the U.S. concluded that children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. About a quarter of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. According to 2010 estimates, Ivory Coast has the 27th-highest maternal mortality rate in the world. A large part of the adult population, in particular women, is illiterate. Many children between 6 and 10 years are not enrolled in school
In this post- conflict country, we work with local schools, civil societies and government to help children going to school instead of force labor. As many of the children are denied education because of financial constrain, we step in to help the children and guide them by keeping regular contact with them throughout their education. Children who lost their parents during war are also included in our orphanage programs and are closely watch for potential abuse in their community.