Child Sponsor Liberia


Child Sponsor Liberia

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Liberia, with its population of some three and a half million people, epitomises the failure of an independent state. It is as though everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and, once again, it is the people who are denied a meaningful existence or future due to the greed and authoritarianism of its rulers, all the more ironic as Liberia was founded by former American and Caribbean slaves seeking a new free way of life. Today Liberia reflects on a fourteen year long civil war in which 250,000 lives were lost, its infrastructure destroyed, 83.7% of its population living below the recognised poverty threshold and 111 out of every 1000 children dying before their fifth birthday.


Life expectancy overall is just 45 years and employment is just 15% of the population, the world's third highest unemployment rate. As such Liberia is in 174th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Healthcare is also a cause of concern for children in Liberia with just 40 doctors and 50 nurse midwives for its entire population. There are some 1,878,000 children living in Liberia, with an astonishing 340,000 of them orphaned during the Liberia civil war or by AIDS.


All teenage children living in Liberia today were effected by the civil war. 87% had seen a family member killed, 60% had seen other children beaten to death whilst 84% reported that they had experienced being "surrounded by, lying underneath or stepping on" dead bodies. As one girl reminisced "When I close my eyes, all I can see is the war. I often think about taking my own life."


Many children in Liberia who were used as child soldiers ended up on the streets after the war ended with no families or homes to return to, and during one recent exercise to assess the extent of street children, one child as young as four was found. Child sponsor programs in Liberia focus on access to safe water, health and education resources as well as caring for orphaned or abandoned children and rehabilitating former child soldiers. You can help when you sponsor a child in Liberia.

Child Sponsor Programs Liberia:


SOS Children

With SOS Children, you can help orphaned and abandoned children by sponsoring a child.

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Lifting Liberia

Your sponsorship will pay a child’s school fees, provide them with a uniform and school supplies.

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A.C.S.

Your sponsorship will provide a scholarship for a child who have been orphaned to attend school.

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Franciscan Works

Sponsor a child at the Liberia Mission &
the child who you are sponsoring will write to you twice a year.

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Orphan Aid

Sponsor an orphaned or abandoned child in Liberia who can then live in an orphanage in Liberia.

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CitiImpact

Your sponsorship of a poor child in Liberia will ensure they can attend
school and be fed.

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Serve the Children

Sponsor with this program and get the opportunity to correspond and exchange small gifts with your child.

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Help Liberia

Child Sponsor Liberia: Help Liberia School

This child sponsor program encourages sponsors to interact regularly with
letters, photos & cards.

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Child Sponsor Directory

List your child sponsor in Liberia project here for free by filling out this quick form and get listed!

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Your Project Here
Child Sponsor Directory

List your child sponsor in Liberia project here for free by filling out this quick form and get listed!

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Your Project Here
Child Sponsor Directory

List your child sponsor in Liberia project here for free by filling out this quick form and get listed!

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Liberian Children

Info, facts and figures about
children in Liberia and the
challenges they face.

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Liberian Orphans

Facts, figures and a video about AIDS orphans in one of the world's poorest countries.

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African Children News

All the latest news about children in Africa, their circumstances, children's right developments and legal issues.

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Volunteer

As well as sponsoring a child why not explore volunteering opportunities in Liberia?

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