Since the conflict ended in 2003, Liberia has made great strides towards securing peace and rebuilding its economy. Indeed, in 2013, the Liberian economy was one of the fastest growing in the world.

But the Ebola outbreak devastated the economy with three quarters of Liberian families reporting a drop in household income since the crisis began. Today, half the population lives in extreme poverty.

Young people in Liberia

Caroline works as a hairdresser after receivingtraining in hairdressing and business from the YMCA in Monrovia.

Caroline works as a hairdresser after receiving training in hairdressing and business from the YMCA in Monrovia.

Nine out of every ten young workers are employed in the informal sector where job security and wages are often low. Many missed out on school during Liberia’s conflict and, with little vocational training available, now find it difficult to secure decent work.

Health services are limited in Liberia and many do not meet the specific needs of young people. Few young women and men have comprehensive knowledge of how HIV is transmitted, increasing their risk of contracting the virus.

Our work in Liberia
Our partner YMCA Liberia has built strong relationships with communities over the decades since it was set up. They stood by communities during the country’s long conflict and, more recently, during the Ebola crisis.

We supported YMCA Liberia to provide emergency assistance during the civil war. Today, we work with them to create opportunities for the most vulnerable young people to gain employment or start businesses by providing training and additional advice and support.

By training young people to develop and promote messages about staying healthy, we also ensure  young men and women are able to contribute fully to their communities as employees or business leaders.

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Liberia

Picture of Laurence Fahnbulleh YCI/Tom Burke

Youth Justice

“My message to world leaders is health is wealth”

Liberia

Bill addresses a workshop at Habitat III.

Health and wellbeing

Young volunteers respond to floods in Liberia

Liberia

Damaged home due to flood water

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Hundreds graduate with enterprise and employability skills

Liberia

Enterprise & Employability, Health and wellbeing

New report shares key findings from Ebola emergency response

Liberia

The report evaluates Y Care International's approach to ending the crisis and shares recommendations for future emergency response. Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

West Africa declared free of Ebola virus

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

How you have helped tackle crises in 2015

Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

This year you've helped Y Care International and its YMCA partners respond to emergencies around the world.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young entrepreneurs bounce back after Ebola

Liberia

YMCA Liberia provided food-for-work and revitalised small businesses to help entrepreneurs get back on their feet after Ebola. Photo credit: YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Just how do safe and clean toilets change the world’s poorest communities?

Liberia

Y Care International has been working with the Liberia YMCA and the communities to build latrines to reduce the risk of illness in West Point slum. Photo/Ahmed Jallanzo

Health and wellbeing

Young people across Africa take action to make slums safer

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Young people in slums are accessing clean water and sanitation, receiving training to find jobs and learning skills to have a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Health and wellbeing

Why is working with young local volunteers so effective?

Bangladesh, Liberia

YMCA disaster volunteers groups have been active in preparing their communities for floods, and reduce the impacts when they strike. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Y Care International’s Lizz Harrison wins photo completion

Liberia

Liberia YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Notes from the Field: Lizz Harrison in Liberia’s Ebola Zone

Liberia

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Turing Foundation invests in young Liberian entrepreneurs

Liberia

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

YMCA target schools to keep young people safe while Ebola continues

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone YMCA is increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in six schools and providing psychosocial support and counselling to 800 school pupils. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Campaigning for Tools for Recovery at St Helens YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai (second from left) from Liberia YMCA meeting staff at St Helens YMCA to talk about our Tools for Recovery campaign. Photo: St Helens YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Celebrating Fathers at YMCAs around the world

Guatemala, Liberia, Palestine

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Running 100 miles to help rebuild lives after Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Every donation we receive before August 2nd 2015, the UK government will match pound for pound thanks to the UK government’s Aid Match scheme. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Creating more second chances with Tools for Recovery

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Guest blog: You can help empower young people after crises

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA speaking to Y Care International supporters about the Tools for Recovery campaign to rebuild lives after Ebola. Photo: Rodolfo Netto/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Tom’s Tour Diary: Sharing the stories of families during Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamboakai outside Fairthorne Manor, our last stop as we toured YMCAs across the UK to raise awareness and vital funds for our Tools for recovery campaign. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Tom’s Tour Diary: The links between Monrovia and Swansea

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai with youth workers, other staff and volunteers of Swansea YMCA. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Tom’s Tour Diary: The Generosity of Greenhill YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA at Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Global Youth Work

Guest blog: Crises continue even if the news headlines stop

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Andy Hamilton and Tim Kamboakai at Greenhill YMCA Photo: Tom Burke/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Guest blog: YMCAs in Europe can take action against global poverty

Liberia, UK & Ireland

From left to right: YMCA Chief Executive Kerry Reilly, Tim Kamaboakai from LIberia YMCA, and YMCA Europe Secretary General Juan Simoes. Photo: Robbie Cheyne/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Talking Tools For Recovery in Rotherham

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Y Care International's Robbie Cheyne is touring YMCAs across the UK with guests from Liberia to raise awareness about our Tools for Recovery Campaign.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Liberia to Liverpool to tackle Ebola

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Robbie’s Tour Diary: Kicking off at North Staffs YMCA

Liberia, UK & Ireland

North Staffordshire YMCA's practice run of their own ‘Join Hands’ challenge to show solidarity with youn people affected by Ebola. The real event will take place on July 11th! Find out more below.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Tim and Robbie hit the road for Tools for Recovery tour

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Y Care International's Robbie Cheyne with Tim Kamaboakai from Liberia YMCA will be visiting YMCAs across the country for the Tools for Recovery campaign. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

A huge step towards recovery after Liberia is declared Ebola free

Liberia

£12 could provide the wheel barrows and shovels needed to clean up rundown parts of the neighbourhood and build clean water facilities. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Why ‘walking the walk’ on partnering with local organisations is so important

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Y Care International have been working with local YMCAs in Sierra Leone and Liberia since July 2014 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Photo: Liberia YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Ebola response: 5 reasons why YMCAs have been so effective

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Over 150,000 people have been reached with key information on the symptoms or Ebola, how it is spread and what to do to avoid it. Photo: Liberia YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young volunteers still at the forefront in the fight against Ebola

Liberia, Sierra Leone

You've helped young people act now to fight the spread of Ebola. Donate online today or text EBOL35 to 70070 and £10 so we can keep reaching people at risk of the deadly Ebola virus. Photo: Helen Frost/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people are breaking the Ebola transmission cycle

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Peer education in action. Young volunteers trained by Liberia YMCA engaging community members with information on Ebola, its symptoms and ways to keep safe. Photo: Liberia YMCA.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Ebola update: YMCAs still fighting outbreak in communities

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young peer educators continue to fight the spread of Ebola

Liberia

One hundred young peer educators from seven YMCAs across Liberia will engage their communities with training on how to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people in Liberia fight the spread of Ebola

Liberia

Trained peer educators from the YMCA Act2Live project will help awareness about the Ebola virus in their communities. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

International Citizen Service volunteers head to Liberia

Liberia

Our first group of volunteers ready and raring to go after their pre-departure training. Apply before April 30 and you could join them from mid-July. Photo: YCI

International Citizen Service

Change our world by volunteering overseas

Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

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