One of the world's poorest countries, Liberia was still healing after years of brutal civil war when it was hit by the 2014-5 Ebola epidemic.
The country still has some of the world’s worst education indicators, and has the highest proportion of out-of-school elementary-aged children in the world. Alarmingly, according to the United Nations the Liberian government will not be able to offer all children access to basic education until next century.
We believe that 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, where we are working to improve the quality of public schools using a model that is scalable and sustainable. Read about the results from the first year of the program and our recent expansion into South East Liberia.
+ We offer an accelerated learning program with our Speed Schools - giving out-of-school children the chance to cover three years' of curriculum in just ten months, allowing them to transition back into public schools.
+ 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.
Offering children the chance to have an education isn’t just about providing the schools; it's also about tackling the underlying issues, such as strengthening their family environment and protecting them 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, by flooding, earthquakes, the Ebola crisis, and conflict, 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 Street Child's work. For many of the families 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 business grants so that families can set up sustainable businesses.
+ We provide business training so that business owners can learn how to manage stock, invest in and expand their business, and set aside savings.
+ We tailor our support to individual families, making sure they have the tools they personally need to thrive.
BENEDICT, THE TEACHER COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMING LIVES
Benedict was a volunteer teacher at Borlorla School for over seven years despite a three-hour journey to school every day.
Street Child began helping the school in 2016, giving teachers like Benedict extra training and supporting them onto government payroll. Street Child’s involvement in the school has been so successful that attendance has skyrocketed from 150 students to more than 400, despite the one- to two-hour average walk for most children. To help with this huge increase in students, Street Child is now working closely with the community to build extra classrooms and provide learning materials.
ESTHER, THE SOCIAL WORKER CHAMPIONING GIRLS EDUCATION
“I want to help other mothers, to be a role model. Working with these girls, I found my passion for social work.'
Street Child social worker and mother of two Esther Harris works with mothers and girls to help give them a chance to go to school. Esther has overcome the challenges life has thrown at her, including having to drop out of school for a short amount of time because of poverty, and is helping to open up opportunities for other mothers to not only better their own lives, but also their children’s.