Liberia was still healing after years of brutal civil war when it was hit by the Ebola epidemic in 2014.
Liberia has some of the world’s worst education indicators. It is not expected to reach universal education until 2100 and has the highest proportion of out-of-school primary-aged children in the world.
We believe every child has a right to learn which is why we're working in Liberia to give children a chance to go to school.
What We Do.
Street Child started working in Liberia in 2013, helping street children in the capital of Monrovia. When Liberia was hit with the Ebola crisis, we expanded our work to support the thousands of children impacted by Ebola to go to school. We believe in supporting children in every aspect of their school life: school environment, teachers, parents, the wider community and the barriers to education they face.
Our three main areas of focus are: education, child protection and livelihoods.
To date, we have helped over 8,500 children to go to school in Liberia, including helping 1,500 Ebola-impacted children following the crisis. With your support, we can help thousands more.
+ We support quality education through our teacher training programme.
+ One of our major initiatives at the moment is our Partnership Schools for Liberia where we are working to improve the quality of public schools using a model that is scalable and sustainable. Read about the results from the first year of the programme and our recent expansion into South East Liberia.
+ We offer an accelerated learning programme with our Speed Schools - giving out-of-school children the chance to cover three years' of curriculum in just ten months, allowing them to transition back into public schools.
+ We provide street corner education to get out-of-school children who live or work on the streets interested in education again.
+ We build schools in rural Liberia to provide access to education to children who have never had the chance to go to school.
+ We tackle the barriers to girls' education and give more girls the chance to go to school.
Offering children the chance for an education isn’t just about providing the schools. It’s about tackling the underlying issues, about strengthening their family environment and protecting children from a life on the streets.
+ We provide access to psychosocial counselling and support to children facing challenging circumstances. We focus on the all-round development of children, empowering them to thrive in school.
+ We work with children who have been orphaned, many by the Ebola crisis, to reunite them with their families. By finding a relative who can care for them, or uniting them with another foster family, we make sure that these children don’t have to fend for themselves anymore.
Sustainability is at the heart of what Street Child aims to achieve. For many families that we work with, the cost of education is too high. Poverty keeps thousands of children out of school, but we are working to change that.
+ We offer family business grants so families can setup sustainable businesses.
+ We provide business training so parents can learn how to save and continue investing in and expanding their business.
+ We tailor our support to individual families, so they can help themselves to cover the costs of feeding, clothing and educating their children.
Stories From Our Work:
BENEDICT, THE TEACHER COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMING LIVES
Benedict was a volunteer teacher at Borlorla School for over seven years despite a three-hour journey to school every day.
Street Child began helping the school in 2016, giving teachers like Benedict extra training and supporting them onto government payroll. Street Child’s involvement in the school has been so successful so far, that attendance has skyrocketed from one hundred and fifty students to over four hundred, despite the one to two-hour average walk for most children! To help with this huge increase in students, Street Child is now working closely with the community to build extra classrooms and provide learning materials.
ESTHER, THE SOCIAL WORKER CHAMPIONING GIRLS' EDUCATION
“I want to help other mothers, to be a role model. Working with these girls, I found my passion for social work.”
Street Child social worker and mother of two Esther Harris works with mothers and girls to help give them a chance to go to school. Esther has overcome the challenges life has thrown at her, including having to drop out of school for a short amount of time because of poverty, and is helping to open up opportunities for other mothers to not only better their own lives, but also their children’s.