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Liberia For education and sustainable agriculture we nowadays focus on projects in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
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About 4.4 million people live in Liberia. The capital is Monrovia. English is the official language. 85% of the population is Christian, 12% is Muslim.
After 14 years of devastating civil war, democracy was restored in 2005. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected as the first female president in Africa. She was re-elected in 2011. Read more...
Economy: Liberia is one of the world's five poorest countries, with a 2012 per capita GDP of only 444$. About 80% of the population lives below the international poverty line. Liberian economy began a steady decline after the 1980 military coup d’état. During the Civil War (1989-2003), GDP plummeted further to less than a tenth of what it was. The economy has strengthened since democracy was restored in 2005 but Liberia still has the third-lowest GDP in the world. Only 15% of the population is formally employed. Liberia imports 90% of its staple food and is extremely vulnerable to food shortages.
Health: Life expectancy in Liberia is 60.9 years. Women bear an average of almost 6 children. Almost 95% of the country's healthcare facilities were destroyed during the Civil war (1989-2003). Tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases and malaria are widespread.
Education: The literacy rate of Liberia is 65% for males and 57% for females. Primary and secondary education is compulsory from 6 to 16, although enforcement of attendance is lax. Tuition is free in some but not all areas. The education sector is hampered by inadequate schools and supplies, and lack of qualified teachers.
Nature: Liberia's coastline is composed of mostly mangrove forests.
Projects in Liberia
Y Care
Vocational and entrepreneurial training, Monrovia 2016-2018
Y Care is the international arm of the youth organisation YMCA. This foundation has been working in Liberia for more than... more

Action Aid Liberia
Sustainable living for young people in agriculture, 2017-2019
Action Aid The Netherlands and Action Aid Liberia (AAL) want a world without poverty and injustice, and help people to... more

Children in Crisis
Vocational Training for rural communities, River Cess, 2014-2016
Children in Crisis is an English NGO that sets up educational projects in conflict affected countries like D.R.... more

ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg
Vocational & literacy training for 400 urban youth, Monrovia, 2015-2017
ZOA has been working in Liberia since 2003 to increase the local population's self-reliance in education,... more

ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg
Strengthening a vocational training project, 2016
In 2016 the Turing Foundation approved a contribution towards ZOA's vocational training project, which will train 400 young people... more

Save the Children Nederland
Education for 900 vulnerable girls in Paynesville, Monrovia en Kakata, 2013-2015
Liberia is one of the focus countries of Save the Children. After years of emergency relief, the... more

UAF
Foundation for Refugee Students UAF, 2007-2009
The UAF supports refugees and asylum seekers with a higher education in their further training and in finding work by means of providing money, advice and supervision. Around 300 UAF-students will graduate... more

See also: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, other countries...

Recent history of Liberia
    The country was colonized by free black immigrants from the United States and declared independence in 1847. For 130 years it ran a democracy modelled on the US government system.
    In 1980, a military coup led by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe overthrew and executed the president and later many others, including most of the cabinet. This marked the beginning of 23 years of political and economic instability
    The US considered Samuel Doe as a strategic Cold War ally and gave him significant financial backing. Doe was elected President in 1985, although the elections were condemned as fraudulent. After a failed counter-coup, repression intensified.
    A rebel group led by Charles Taylor launched an insurrection in 1989, triggering the First Liberian Civil War. Samuel Doe was captured and killed 9 months later. Soon after, Rebels factions started fighting one another. Six years of extremely bloody civil war followed, claiming the lives of almost 250,000 Liberians and displacing a quarter of the population into refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
    Peace was reached in 1995, and Taylor was elected President. However, Liberia soon became a pariah state due to his use of "blood diamonds" and illegal timber exports to fund the Civil War in neighbour Sierra Leone.
    In 1999, a rebel group based in northwest Liberia launched an armed insurrection against Taylor, starting the Second Liberian Civil War. In 2003, a second rebel group joined the fighting, launching attacks against Taylor from the southeast.
    Taylor fled to Nigeria in August 2003. A peace deal was signed later that month, and an interim government was set up. In the subsequent 2005 democratic elections, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected as the first female president in Africa. She got Taylor extradited from Nigeria and handed him over for trial in The Hague. She was re-elected in 2011.


Project details

Y CareYMCA Liberia Vocational and entrepreneurial training, Monrovia, Liberia 2016-2018
Y Care is the international arm of the youth organisation YMCA. This foundation has been working in Liberia for more than 30 years and helps young people start a business or find work. In partnership with YMCA Liberia, Y Care provides 250 young people from a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Monrovia with entrepreneurship training. One hundred of them first do vocational training for between nine and twelve months. These 250 young people then train another 450 young people in entrepreneurial skills like business management, marketing and finance. The graduates receive guidance for one to two years. It is expected that 65% of these young people will be able to secure an income of at least USD 50 a month.

The Turing Foundation is donating €129,000 towards this project (about 50% of the total project costs), of which €49,000 in 2017. see also:
      Y Care: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Vocational and entrepreneurial training, Monrovia, Liberia
Vocational and entrepreneurial training, Monrovia, Liberia


Action Aid Liberia Sustainable living for young people in agriculture, Liberia, 2017-2019
Action Aid The Netherlands and Action Aid Liberia (AAL) want a world without poverty and injustice, and help people to stand up for their rights. AAL is helping 500 young people in Liberia earn a sustainable living in agriculture. They are given training in sustainable agricultural techniques and learn how to improve their political situation. AAL is also supporting five organised youth groups developing their own agricultural businesses.

The Turing Foundation is donating €65,000, of which €33,000 in 2017. see also: Other vocational training projects
Sustainable living for young people in agriculture, Liberia
Sustainable living for young people in agriculture, Liberia


Children in CrisisFAWE Vocational Training for rural communities, River Cess, Liberia, 2014-2016
Children in Crisis is an English NGO that sets up educational projects in conflict affected countries like D.R. Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. With partner organization FAWE, Children in Crisis offers literacy courses and vocational trainings - including hairdressing, tailoring, pastry making - to 2,730 young adults. The training last four months. After completion, alumni will be supported by the vocational training centre for another two years so they can set up their own businesses. By 2016, there will be 17 training centres across the region.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 150,000 to the project (approximately 20 percent of the project costs), € 50,000 of which will be donated in 2016. see also:
      How the teachers of hope I met in the Congo were brutally killed (The Observer)
      Children in Crisis: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
A proud graduate receives her graduation certificate, Liberia, 2013
A proud graduate receives her graduation certificate, Liberia, 2013


ZOA VluchtelingenzorgSHIFSD Vocational & literacy training for 400 urban youth, Monrovia, Liberia, 2015-2017
ZOA has been working in Liberia since 2003 to increase the local population's self-reliance in education, water and sanitation, and food security. ZOA and its partner organisation SHIFSD are using this project to meet the pressing need of local young people for vocational education, which will enable them to generate an income. 400 young people from Monrovia do a one year course in construction or car and motor mechanics. Half of them also learns reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 towards this project (of which, €50,000 in 2016). This is 50% of the total budget. see also:
      ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg: other projects
      SHIFSD: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Vocational & literacy training for 400 urban youth, Monrovia, Liberia
Vocational & literacy training for 400 urban youth, Monrovia, Liberia


ZOA VluchtelingenzorgWoord en DaadSHIFSD Strengthening a vocational training project, Liberia, 2016
In 2016 the Turing Foundation approved a contribution towards ZOA's vocational training project, which will train 400 young people in Monrovia, Liberia. On our advice ZOA contacted Woord en Daad and they have signed a collaboration agreement. Woord en Daad is sharing its knowledge and experience in the field of vocational education and is helping ZOA and its local implementation partner, SHIFSD, integrate this into the project. Woord en Daad's involvement, in turn, is helping them to get to know the local Liberian context and take the next step in its ambition to extend its work to this country.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 50% towards the costs of support by Woord en Daad, €5,000. see also:
      ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg: other projects
      Woord en Daad: other projects
      SHIFSD: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Strengthening a vocational training project, Liberia
Strengthening a vocational training project, Liberia


Save the Children NederlandTHINK Liberia Education for 900 vulnerable girls in Paynesville, Monrovia en Kakata, Liberia, 2013-2015
Liberia is one of the focus countries of Save the Children. After years of emergency relief, the foundation is now working on structural education and health programs. For this project, Save the Children and local NGO THINK want to offer 900 underprivileged girls an accelerated two-year program, after which they'll able to continue a formal (vocational) education. To this end, special drop-in centers will be set up and 30 teachers will be trained.

The Turing Foundation will donate a total of € 100,000 (€ 50.000 in 2014) so that the program can be made available to 900 girls. see also:
      Save the Children Nederland: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
Education for 900 vulnerable girls in Liberia
Education for 900 vulnerable girls in Liberia


UAF Foundation for Refugee Students UAF, 2007-2009
The UAF supports refugees and asylum seekers with a higher education in their further training and in finding work by means of providing money, advice and supervision. For students who rightly claim a refugee status as mentioned in article 1 of the Geneva convention on Refugees the acceptance procedure of the UAF allows them to start their training without having to wait for their residence permit. Approximately 300 UAF-students graduate yearly.

Just like the past few years, the Turing Foundation donates € 50,000 to the UAF in 2009. see also: Other projects in focus country Guinea
UAF dimplomas 2008
UAF dimplomas 2008