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Where is Liberia?

Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa

Our impact


Liberia’s history has been shaped by two civil wars, both of which have led to widespread levels of poverty and limited development.

Millions of people in Liberia do not have access to clean water or safe sanitation facilities. This causes the spread of diseases, such as the Ebola virus during the epidemic of 2014-15.

The majority of workers are casual labourers on farm land, and most people rely on growing their own crops for food. It can be difficult for farmers to access markets to sell their produce and make an income, especially during the rainy season when roads can become impassable.

Liberia has a huge youth unemployment problem. Most families are unable to pay for their children to go to school, and there are very few jobs available for those who do graduate high school. 

Fishing boats are launched from a beach in Monrovia, Liberia. Credit: Steve Goddard/Tearfund

Our work in Liberia

Our vision across Liberia and Sierra Leone is to see 500,000 people transformed spiritually, physically and emotionally through the work of our local partners and local churches. This will be achieved through the Church and Community Transformation (CCT) process – by partnering with churches and giving them the tools they need to empower their local communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

As part of the CCT process, communities are equipped to identify their existing resources, address their needs together, and take ownership of their own development.

Currently, our partner organisations are helping more people access clean water and sanitation facilities. So far, we have helped more than 20,000 people to access clean water and trained many more in good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases.

We are also working through local churches to raise awareness about and help prevent sexual and gender-based violence through our emergency, recovery and development programmes.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have been supporting communities with emergency food packages, hygiene kits and cash assistance, as well as promoting public health messaging to prevent the spread of the virus.

Members of a congregation participate in a church meeting. Credit: Andrew Philip/Tearfund

Please pray for Liberia

    • Lift up the churches and communities involved in our Church and Community Transformation work. Pray that these initiatives will help thousands of people to lift themselves out of poverty.
    • Thank God that many more people now have access to clean water. Pray that everyone in Liberia will have the same opportunity to access clean water.
    • Pray for Tearfund’s team and local partners in Liberia – ask for strength, good health and discernment as they continue to serve in challenging situations.

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