Liberia

Liberia, a country located on the west coast of Africa, has experienced a multitude of hardships over the years, including poverty, civil war, and the Ebola virus outbreak.

Living Below The Poverty Line.

One of the most significant challenges facing Liberia is poverty. Despite its abundant natural resources, such as timber, iron ore, and diamonds, the country remains one of the poorest in the world, with more than half of its population living below the poverty line. The lack of economic opportunities, coupled with a weak infrastructure, has made it difficult for Liberians to access basic services such as healthcare, education, and clean water.

Civil War & Ebola Virus

The civil war that ravaged Liberia from 1989 to 2003 also left a deep scar on the country. The conflict claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 people and displaced many more, causing widespread destruction and trauma. The war also destabilized neighbouring countries, such as Sierra Leone and Guinea, leading to further regional instability.

In 2014, Liberia was hit hard by the Ebola virus outbreak, which killed over 4,800 Liberians and had a devastating impact on the country’s already fragile healthcare system. The outbreak also caused a significant economic slowdown, as many businesses closed and investors stayed away.

Ongoing Challenges

 

Today, Liberia continues to face a range of challenges, including corruption, high unemployment, and low levels of education. Women in Liberia especially face a multitude of challenges and hardships. Gender inequality is pervasive throughout the country, with women experiencing discrimination and marginalization in almost every aspect of their lives.

One of the most significant challenges facing women in Liberia is limited access to education. While primary education is free and compulsory, many girls are unable to attend school due to poverty, early marriage, and cultural practices that prioritize boys’ education. As a result, illiteracy rates are higher among women than men, limiting their ability to participate in the workforce and contribute to their families and communities.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is also a significant issue in Liberia, with women and girls facing high rates of sexual and domestic violence. It is estimated 75% of Liberian women have been raped. Many survivors of violence are reluctant to report the abuse, fearing stigma, discrimination, and retribution. A lack of access to justice and support services also compounds the problem, leaving many women without the protection and assistance they need to escape abusive situations.

Promoting Women’s Rights

Women are more likely to be living in poverty than men, with limited access to credit, land, and other resources that would enable them to start and sustain businesses. This lack of economic opportunities exacerbates gender inequality and perpetuates the cycle of poverty, leaving women and their families struggling to make ends meet. This is such a common story in Liberia!

Despite these challenges, Home of Hope is making a difference for as many women as we are able! We are working to promote women’s rights and improve their opportunities, including advocating for greater access to education, providing support to survivors of violence, and promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Victims Of Prostitution

Home of Hope recognizes that some of our beautiful guests have been victims of prostitution. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for these women as they begin the process of healing and rebuilding their lives.

Our home is designed to address the unique challenges faced by women who have experienced prostitution, including trauma, addiction, and financial instability. We empower these young women to break free from the cycle of prostitution by training them in various vocational competences and enable them to earn an income.

Promoting Women’s Rights

We believe that every woman deserves the opportunity to live a life free from exploitation and abuse, and this is not always the common conviction in Liberia. But Home of Hope is committed to helping women who have experienced prostitution to find a path to a brighter future. Our impact is felt not only by the women who come through our doors but also by the community as a whole, as we work to reduce the harm caused by prostitution and create a safer and more equitable society for all.

Vocational Training

Our girls come from backgrounds of poverty, abuse, and neglect, and lack the necessary skills and education to secure stable employment and support themselves and any children they may have.

Trauma Healing

Classes are designed to help women who have experienced trauma and abuse to heal and rebuild their lives in a safe and supportive environment.

Family Tracing

Sometimes our girls come in having lost all contact with family. They don’t have money for transport to look for family in their home village.

Our Guest’s Stories

Princess’ Story

Princess’ Story

Princess' Story  Grieving Her Baby When I met Princess she sat on the edge of her bed and sobbed in my arms. She had nothing and no-one, and...

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Angel’s Story

Angel’s Story

Angel's Story  Desperate For Education True to her name, 14yo Angel is a very sweet and gentle girl. Angel's family lives deep in the interior...

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