Liberia was still healing after years of brutal civil war when it was hit by the 2014-5 Ebola epidemic.
Liberia has some of the world’s worst education indicators. It is not expected to reach universal education until 2100 and has the highest proportion of out-of-school primary-aged children in the world.
We believe every child has a right to learn which is why we're working in Liberia to give children a chance to go to school.
WHAT WE DO
Street Child started working in Liberia in 2013, helping street children in the capital of Monrovia. When Liberia was hit with the Ebola crisis, we expanded our work to support the thousands of children impacted by Ebola to go to school. We believe in supporting children in every aspect of their school life: school environment, teachers, parents, the wider community and the barriers to education they face. Our three main areas of focus are: education, child protection and livelihoods.
To date, we have helped over 8,500 children to go to school, including helping 1,500 Ebola-impacted children following the crisis. With your support, we can help thousands more.
+ We support quality education through our teacher training program.
+ One of our major initiatives at the moment is our Partnership Schools for Liberia
+ We offer an accelerated learning programme with our Speed Schools - giving out-of-school children the chance to cover two years' of curriculum in just six months.
+ We provide street corner education to get out-of-school children who live or work on the streets interested in education again.
+ We build schools in rural Liberia to provide access to education to children who have never had the chance to go to school
+ We tackle the barriers to girls' education and give more girls the chance to go to school
CHILD PROTECTION AND STREET CHILDREN
Offering children the chance for an education isn’t just about providing the schools. It’s about tackling the underlying issues, about strengthening their family environment and protecting children from a life on the streets.
+ We provide access to psychosocial counselling and support to children facing challenging circumstances. We focus on the all-round development of children, empowering them to thrive in school.
+ We work with children who have been orphaned, many by the Ebola crisis, to reunite them with their families. By finding a relative who can care for them, or uniting them with another foster family, we make sure that these children don’t have to fend for themselves anymore.
Sustainability is at the heart of what Street Child aims to achieve. For many families that we work with, the cost of education is too high. Poverty keeps thousands of children out of school, but we are working to change that.
+ We offer family business grants so families can setup sustainable businesses
+ We provide business training so parents can learn how to save and continue investing in and expanding their business
+ We tailor our support to individual families, so they can help themselves to cover the costs of feeding, clothing and educating their children.