Did You Know That….

Young children are the most vulnerable and most abused population. They suffer most especially in areas that had conflict. Child abuse – including sexual exploitation of young girls, trafficking, and the worst forms of child labor – continues to exist, despite government efforts and an international spotlight on the issue.

0%
of the population live below the international

poverty line of $1.25 per day

0%
live in extreme poverty of

under $0.50 a day.

Children in Liberia are engaged in the worst forms of child labor

Some children working in agriculture are working under dangerous conditions. They have to use dangerous tools and harmful pesticides.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Liberia 2012 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Though laws protecting children exist, there are problems with enforcement and public awareness. The first step in combating these rights abuses is to empower children, their parents and the community.

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Aftermath of War…

Liberia is emerging from more than a decade of civil strife and now the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The country currently exists in an atmosphere of fragile peace. The rehabilitation and reintegration program for youth during the war was a start, but currently seems to be wanting. We believe more needs to happen to effect real change. 

In order to perpetuate the peace, the generations of tomorrow must:

  • Learn the fundamentals of peace

  • Learn how to build relationships at an early age

  • Participate in structured and organized activities with clear rules of engagement

  • Engage mentors who model positive behavior they can emulate

The young people must be exposed to caring and committed individuals whose successes and experiences they will be motivated to achieve and surpass.

Though laws protecting children exist, there are problems with enforcement and public awareness. The first step in combating these rights abuses is to empower children, their parents and the community.