Child Sponsor Liberia


Child Sponsor Liberia

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Liberia, with its population 5.058 million (2020), epitomised the failure of an state. It is as though everything that could go wrong had gone wrong and, once again, it was the people who were denied a meaningful existence or future due to the greed and authoritarianism of its rulers, all the more ironic as Liberia was founded by former American and Caribbean slaves seeking a new free way of life. Today Liberia reflects on a fourteen-year-long civil war in which 250,000 lives were lost and its infrastructure destroyed. Although the war ended in 2003, poverty in Liberia remains widespread, with more than 50% of the population living below the poverty line, translating into roughly 2.3 million Liberians who were unable to meet their basic needs with a child mortality rate (under fives) of 84.6 deaths per 1,000 live births (although significantly down from the 284 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1970.)



Life expectancy overall is 64.10 years (2019) and Liberia is in 175th place out of 189 countries and territories in 2019 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Liberia has high levels of childhood malnutrition, with a third of children under 5 stunted and 6% acutely malnourished. Diarrhea and pneumonia, which are leading causes of child death in Liberia, are also closely linked to unsafe drinking water and poor hygiene habits. There are some 1,878,000 children living in Liberia, with an astonishing 100,000 orphaned.


Child Sponsorship Liberia


Although there has been progress over recent years, the country is still traumatised by the civil war in which 87% of today's young parents saw a family member killed, 60% had seen other children beaten to death whilst 84% reported that they had experienced being "surrounded by, lying underneath or stepping on" dead bodies. As one girl reminisced "When I close my eyes, all I can see is the war. I often think about taking my own life." Child sponsor programs in Liberia focus on access to safe water, health and education resources as well as caring for orphaned or abandoned children and rehabilitating former child soldiers. You can help when you sponsor a child in Liberia.




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Child Sponsor Liberia: Franciscan Works


Sponsor a child at the Liberia Mission and the child who you are sponsoring will write to you twice a year.

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Serve the Children

Child Sponsor Liberia: Serve the Children


Sponsor with this program and get the opportunity to correspond and exchange small gifts with your child.

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Child Sponsor Liberia: CitiImpact


Your sponsorship of a poor child in Liberia will ensure they can attend
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Rise Liberia

Child Sponsor Liberia: Rise Liberia


When you sponsor a child with Rise Liberia you can stay with a child for a number of years, usually through the school year during which the child completes High School and you will be the sole sponsor of your child.

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Liberia Children


Find out more about children's lives in Liberia in pictures and video together with facts and figures.

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Volunteer in Liberia

Volunteer in Liberia


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