Liberia was still healing after years of brutal civil war when it was hit by the Ebola epidemic in 2014.
With some of the world’s worst education indicators, Liberia 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.
Street Child is now working in four regions in Liberia: Montserrado, Margibi, Cape Mount and Maryland. Due to limited resources and infrastructure Maryland has become a priority area for Street Child.
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 13,500 children to go to school in Liberia, including helping 3,000 Ebola-impacted children following the crisis. With your support, we can help thousands more.
We support quality education through our teacher training programme.
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.
We provide street corner education to get out-of-school children who live or work on the streets interested in education again.
One of our major initiatives at the moment is our Liberian Education Advancement Programme where we are working with the Liberian government to improve the quality of 24 public schools using a model that is scalable and sustainable.
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
Anthony - The student determined to go to school and learn
“In the rainy months, the condition of the school is bad, the walls start to break down and I feel scared. In the summer, I got sick from the dust with a cough and it lasted one month!”
15-year-old Anthony attends one of our Street Child supported schools in Maryland County that is currently undergoing renovations.
At Street Child we do not think it is acceptable that children should be trying to learn in environments which are not conducive to their education, or to their health. That is why we are working alongside communities and local partners to renovate existing schools and to build schools in remote rural communities where before there were none.
Isaac - The teacher championing education in his community
“The importance of education in this community is a light. When children sit in the darkness you have to bring a light to them with education. You bring them from the unknown to the known.”
“I always wanted to be a teacher. I was inspired to become a teacher by someone who taught me when I was younger and because there were no teachers in my community, I volunteered.”
Isaac has recently completed his teacher training, which has allowed him to achieve his C level certificate. Before this he was a volunteer teacher. The teacher training at the school where Isaac teaches involved delivering 150 hours of sessions to Isaac and his colleagues, covering topics such as classroom management, lesson strategies and other skills.