Overview Liberia

Overview

Memories of a brutal 13-year-long civil war remain fresh in the memories of many in this small West African country. Then Ebola hit, devastating families and leaving behind many orphans and elderly. An estimated 64% of the population lives below the poverty line – 1.3 million of which are living in extreme poverty.

Working with the local church, Tearfund Canada is helping to unlock the God-given gifts and potential within the families who live here. By providing training and tools in agriculture, families are learning how to significantly increase their crop output, while at the same time showing love to their neighbours

Quick Facts

0 M
people live in extreme poverty
0 %
is estimated to suffer from chronic hunger
1/ 0
of children under 5 suffer from nutritional deficiency

Our Projects

Using our church-based model, our projects aim to empower and mobilize local churches within Liberia to address the physical and spiritual needs around them. We are working with churches to help them and their communities identify local assets available in their community and create solutions to change. We are also training families in conservation agriculture, helping them significantly expand their crop output to tackle the hunger problem.

Project 1

Food Security in Fen River

  • People Problem
  • Challenges
  • Activities
  • working together Details
  • achieved Outcome

The Problem

The majority of families in the Fen River District suffer from severe food insecurity due to poor crop diversity, changing weather patterns, and an increase in food prices.

Challenges

A dependency mentality among the population created by years of food distribution by well-meaning charities. This makes it difficult for Tearfund to train farmers to grow their own food instead of relying on handouts. Also, wounds of the civil war still run deep right through communities. There is a general lack of trust among neighbours.

Activities

Farmers will be provided with the support they need to endure during the COVID-19 lockdowns without slipping further into extreme poverty and losing the valuable progress they have made.

Details

  • Location: Fen River District
  • Timeframe: July 2020 – June 2021
  • Total Budget: $63,000

Outcome

Your gifts to this project will provide over 1,500 people with reliable sources of food by training farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques.

Project 2

Church Mobilization in Voinjama

  • People Problem
  • Challenges
  • Activities
  • working together Details
  • achieved Outcome

Problem

Although once the bread basket for Liberia, Lofa County was devastated by the Liberian civil conflict. The wounds of war run deep and trust within communities is low. Churches, eager to respond to the immense physical, social, and spiritual needs around them, lack the necessary tools and understanding to know where to begin.

Challenges

A dependency mentality among the population created by years of food distribution by well-meaning charities. This makes it difficult for Tearfund to train farmers to grow their own food instead of relying on handouts. Also, wounds of the civil war still run deep right through communities. There is a general lack of trust among neighbours.

Activities

This project seeks to work with and empower 15 congregations in Voinjama district through Tearfund’s church-based community transformation model. The training will focus on strengthening the church’s role and function in the community, community resource mobilization, and leadership training. It seeks to extend beyond the church walls through the creation of 15 non-church groups who will be engaged by local churches in agricultural training.

Details

  • Location: Voinjama District, Lofa County
  • Timeframe: October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
  • Total budget: $46,375

Outcome

Churches will gain a deeper understanding of their role within the community and will be able to identify their God-given skills and resources available to them. Targeted church leaders will be trained in conservation agriculture to be able to help their communities. The dependency mindset will start to be replaced of empowerment through the promotion of income generating activities such as sale from crops.

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The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?

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Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001