Liberia

CRS helps host communities in Liberia where thousands of refugees from the Ivory Coast, like Leonce Piuti and her family, have settled. Photo by Helen Blakesley/CRS

CRS helps host communities in Liberia where thousands of refugees from the Ivory Coast, like Leonce Piuti and her family, have settled. Photo by Helen Blakesley/CRS

Following the end of the civil war in 2003 Liberia maintains a fragile peace. With the re-election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for a second term in 2011, there is hope that peace will last and development will continue and the country will be able to recover from nearly two decades of war.

Catholic Relief Services is currently implementing agriculture and health projects in six counties in Liberia. CRS is working with farmers in four counties in the Southeast to improve rice yields for small holder farmers by introducing improved farming techniques, time-saving technologies and better access to markets. CRS is also working with local civil society organizations and the local church to improve health in the country. CRS is focusing on improving access to vaccinations for children under 5, improved prenatal and post-natal care for pregnant women and safe delivery, and promoting marital fidelity to mitigate the spread of the HIV virus among married couples.

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Stats

Population:3,989,703 (July 2013 est.)
Size:42,999 sq. mi.; slightly larger than Tennessee
People Served:23,938 (2013 est.)

History

Catholic Relief Services initially provided emergency assistance after the start of the civil war. While the presidential election of 1997 brought Charles Taylor to power, the civil conflict continued in the outlying counties and eventually arrived in the capital, Monrovia, during the summer of 2003. Charles Taylor went into exile that August, and a transitional government was put into place in October. Soon after the warring factions laid down their arms after 14 years of conflict.

As the new national government was being shaped, the Catholic Church, CRS Liberia and international donor agencies continues working on emergency programming but has also started implementing development projects simultaneously.

CRS Liberia currently employs 29 national and 6 international staff. The agency's office is located in the capital city of Monrovia.

Partners

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Caritas Cape Palmas
Diocese of Gbarnga

Programs

Agriculture
HIV and AIDS


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