In 2014-15, Liberia experienced the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen. Compounding this situation was the fact that the outbreak followed a decade of fragile, tenuous recovery in the wake of more than ten years of civil war.
The result: the collapse of health systems and services and near-total economic collapse. All of Liberia’s schools closed. At least 8,000 children lost at least one parent to Ebola. Thousands of children are the only surviving members of their family.
Today Liberia moves slowly through a post-Ebola recovery period. But the tasks of rebuilding and strengthening the health, education and economic infrastructure are monumental.
That’s where we come in.
RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA works in Kolahun, a mostly rural region in Northern Liberia especially hard hit by Ebola. Kolahun is still recovering from years of war, and suffers all the ills of extreme poverty: poor health care, food insecurity, educational inadequacy and lack of opportunity.
RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA is unique. We employ holistic support with an innovative, integrated, three-tiered structure of humanitarian aid, designed to engender independence, not aid dependency.
Many other Non-Government Organizations (NGO) work in silos with failed efforts to create economic drivers or they set up multi-sectoral aid only to lack coordination. Much of the aid also does not provide a post-emergency roadmap, or has applied generic development programs without considering community needs.
RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA is different – and more effective.
Our approach is personalized, adapted for each circumstance. And we build lives and communities with a pyramid of development – health care, education, and opportunity.
This pyramid approach has at its base health care. An individual or community cannot develop if diseased, so RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA lays a foundation of health care.
Upon this foundation, we educate – with schooling for children and adult literacy classes, as well as vocational education and training.
A healthy, educated population can then be the driving force of economic opportunity and development.
RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA works this pyramid approach on a child-by-child, village-by-village basis with nurturing that carries on day to day – or what we like to call, a continuum of opportunity.
When RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA enrolls a child, we begin with health care. And we follow their school attendance, academic progress and home life with all the attention of an individual concerned caregiver. We then create a skills-based training program that ensures each school graduate has opportunities. We concurrently support community-initiated income generating projects, investing in their start up and scaling them up to build Economy in Kolahun.