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
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.