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.

OF LIBERIANS BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL POVERTY LINE OF $1.25/DAY

LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY OF UNDER $0.50/DAY

THE PROBLEM

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.

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 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

Be exposed to caring and committed individuals whose successes and experiences they will be motivated to achieve and surpass.