Programme areas and target groups
- Western Liberia – Bomi, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Montserrado Counties, targeting urban and rural communities recovering from the civil war and the Ebola epidemic
What we do in Liberia
For ZOA Liberia, 2016 was a year in which we were able to see communities reap the benefits of our programmes in Food Security and Livelihoods and in WASH. We saw the lives of vulnerable families improve and we witnessed dozens of remote schools and communities receive the gift of fresh clean water. We joined the celebrations of students completing vocational training courses such as masonry and tailoring.
In our Cassava Value Chain project, ZOA has helped farmers to significantly increase their incomes by growing and selling processed cassava. These farmers, most of whom are women, have been able to keep their profits in Village Savings and Loans Associations and thereby make improvements to their lives. Small agro-enterprises have been supported to buy from these farmers, process the raw material and sell a range of products, among others through supermarkets of the capital Monrovia.
We are keenly aware that Liberia continues to have amongst the worst rates of poverty in the world. With employment at less than 15 percent, most Liberians continue to live a precarious day-to-day existence. We hope and pray that the fragile peace will be maintained throughout the year ahead in which a new president will be elected.
ZOA Liberia is widely recognised as having specialist expertise in the cassava value chain, WASH and sociotherapy. In 2017 we will build on this work; finding new markets for more farmers, providing clean water in more remote villages, and accompanying fragile communities to build trust and a lasting peace, including in urban slums that were devastated by Ebola.