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.

Yusuf at his tailoring table. After completing training with the YMCA he was able to set up his own business and employ two other young people from his community.

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.

Meet Yusuf: Ambition in Action

Liberia

Enterprise & Employability

Mobilising Young People in the Aftermath of Ebola

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

What Emmanuel learnt as an ICS Volunteer in Liberia

Liberia

International Citizen Service

A chance to represent his community. Hagkin from Liberia attends the World Urban Forum

Liberia

Global Youth Work

West Africa; as told by Kate from our ICS Team

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

International Citizen Service

Let’s talk Liberia – Part Three: Going to the World Urban Forum

Liberia

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Let’s talk Liberia – Part Two: Supporting slum communities

Liberia

Alessandra gathering thoughts from Liberia

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Let’s talk Liberia – Part One: An interview with Alessandra

Liberia

Health and wellbeing, International Citizen Service

YMCA networks in action during crisis

Bangladesh, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

Monsoon rains in July 2015 caused widespread flooding across Myanmar. More than 1.6 million people were temporarily displaced. Y Care International and Myanmar YMCA already worked in some of the areas severely affected and acted quickly to provide families with food to support them while they wait for the water to recede and get their livelihoods restarted.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Volunteer up for YMCA Award after tackling poverty in Liberia

Liberia, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

170 years of pride and passion in Liberia

Liberia

Y Care International Celebrating the 170th anniversary of Liberian independence - Jennifer

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Young volunteers celebrate World Youth Skills Day

Liberia, UK & Ireland

Enterprise & Employability, International Citizen Service

Collecting youth voices in West Africa

Liberia, Sierra Leone

International Citizen Service

Stay here, Vote here, Change here

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

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

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

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

Celebrating Fathers at YMCAs around the world

Guatemala, Liberia, Palestine

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Creating more second chances with Tools for Recovery

Liberia, UK & Ireland

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

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

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