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CRS in Liberia

Liberia has maintained a fragile peace since the end of the civil war in 2003, which was sustained during the presidency of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Africa’s first woman president). Liberia is one of the world’s least developed countries and CRS programs focus on assisting families to rebuild their lives and strengthening local institutions. 

During the Ebola virus outbreak CRS provided faith-based health facilities with protective upgrades and life-saving equipment, in addition to distributing infection control materials to schools and parishes.

In the post-Ebola environment CRS continues to support health facilities at the community level to strengthen local systems and structures. CRS strives to improve the quality of life of communities through promoting peace, social justice, gender inclusion, solidarity and compassion. Our programs are tailored to the needs of local communities and implemented in partnership with various local and international organizations.

Stats

People served: 1,534,384

Population: 4,195,666 (2015 est.)

Size: 42,999 sq. mi.; slightly larger than Tennessee

CRS' History in Liberia

CRS activities in Liberia began in 1990, initially providing emergency assistance after the start of the civil war. During the civil war, CRS provided food aid and other relief, and was one of the few NGOs that stayed in the country for most of the war. Many Liberians still know and respect CRS for their projects during the war. 

CRS assistance shifted to agriculture/food security, HIV/AIDS and justice and peace programs support after the end of the civil war in 2004.  The CRS Liberia Country Program shifted to a smaller program in 2013 and scaled back during the Ebola virus outbreak to support faith-based health facilities and strengthen other local institutions.

In partnership with the Catholic Church and other local organizations, today’s programming focuses on improving the quality of life for poor and vulnerable Liberians.