Liberia is a country that was torn apart by civil war. 11 years after a conflict which claimed over 200,000 lives it was struck by a crippling epidemic –the Ebola virus. In a country where the infrastructure, economy and education system were already devastated by war, the Ebola virus destroyed businesses, and with it, the lives of Liberian families.
Thanks to your donations and the support of the British Government through UK Aid Match funding, over the next three years, we’re working with young people in the slum community of West Point to offer them skills and training so that they can find a job and or start a business so they can rebuild their lives and the lives of their families.
Ebola affected many young people and 74 per cent of slum dwellers are unable to work or have had their work interrupted due to Ebola. The densely populated slum community of West Point in Monrovia was the worst affected by the outbreak and the government quarantined the entire township, traumatising the community. Now, young people people are facing a lack of jobs, and access to healthcare, and limited access to water.
How are we helping?
Young people will receive training in skills to set up their own businesses which will enable them to support themselves and their families. By revitalising Ebola-affected businesses, the local economy will be revived, leading to increased jobs and access to education and health care.
We will also be working to increase access to health and hygiene information to improve the living standards and well-being of young people in slum communities so the risk of another epidemic occurring is greatly reduced. Young people will receive training in disaster risk resilience, learning how to identify risks and giving them the skills to respond when disasters strike in their communities.
We will also train young people from slum communities as community leaders to raise awareness of the right to access basic services and participate in local decision making to benefit the whole community.
What we hope to achieve
- Provide business and job skills training to 700 young people
- Train 880 young people to respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks
- Train 60 peer educators on health and hygiene awareness and support the peer educators to reach a further 13,000 people
- Train 60 young people as community leaders who will raise awareness among 5,400 community members on their rights to access basic services