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.
Country News and Stories
August 25, 2017
Promoting Peace Ahead of Elections in Liberia
Volunteers go door-to-door urging their fellow citizens to make their voices heard with their vote.
August 23, 2017
Liberia: Recovering from Ebola
CRS strengthens health care system resilience and rebuilds community trust in immunizations and local clinics.
March 27, 2017
From America Magazine: As Elections Approach, Will Liberia be able to Keep its Peace?
Article examines conditions Liberia face according to CRS survey..
January 6, 2017
From Thomson Reuters Foundation: Half of Liberians Fear Country Could Plunge Back into War: Charity
Thomson Reuters publishes CRS study on peace in Liberia.
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.