Serving Children in Liberia

AT A GLANCE:

Liberia, located on the West African coast, was still in the process of recovering from a 14-year civil war when Ebola created a new challenge in 2014. Many children died, and others who survived lost one or both parents. Children were forced to leave home, and those whose parents or siblings died were suddenly shunned. Liberia is still experiencing a new wave of orphans similar to the one caused by war.

Population: 4,818,428

Capital: Monrovia

Religion: Christian (85.6%), Muslim (12.2%)

Language: English (20%), 20 ethnic group languages (few of which can be written)

Percent of people living on less than $3.10/day: 89.61%

Liberia

Ministry Overview

We help to meet the basic needs of food, clothing, and safe drinking water to orphans and vulnerable children, while giving them Gospel-centered care and education.

Liberia is the 4th poorest country in the world with 85% of its population surviving on less than $2 a day. So the needs of the country–and of ministry–are great. These include education, medical care, agriculture, special needs therapy, jobs and job training, and ministering to orphans and street children.

  • 371CHILDREN SERVED
  • 42IN-COUNTRY STAFF
  • 5MINISTRY SITES:

Areas of Focus

Since 2009 we have worked with Liberian nationals who are passionate about rescuing and caring for destitute and abandoned children.

Around 40 children live in a group setting at two different homes in Liberia. They range in age from 5-20 years old. Lifesong Liberia provides food, clothing, education and medical care for the children who live here. Each site has resident matrons, or caregivers, who are responsible for the care and well-being of the children.

All of our children attend church on a regular basis, and many of the older ones are directly involved in church activities, including singing in choir, playing musical instruments, teaching younger children and being on the dance team. Devotional activities are a part of each day at our homes, sometimes led by the older children. Additionally, caregivers, other staff, and volunteers work to mentor the kids, encouraging them in their life of faith in Christ and helping them deal with the many challenges they face, especially as they grow older.

Both of our homes have schools on campus which serve not only the resident children, but children from the surrounding communities. Our schools have a Christian focus while following the Liberian national school curriculum. These schools provide education for nursery through 6th grade. Students who are in grades 7-12 attend various Junior High and High Schools in nearby communities. Both of our homes also have libraries where students can study, do research and read for pleasure.

The water packaging business, named Lifesong Water is providing some sustainability for Lifesong Liberia. Filtered water is packaged into small, handheld bags and then packed into larger units of 200 bags. These large bags are sold to various churches, businesses, and other entities. Safe drinking water is still a challenge in Liberia, and these bags are essential, especially in the dry season.

Our teens have the opportunity to participate in vocational classes two to three times a week after school hours. Classes cover a variety of topics and provide hands-on experiences and training. Computer education, agriculture, carpentry, cosmetology, hair care and design, baking and catering, electricity, interior decoration, and music are some of the subjects that have been offered. The vocational program is held five days a week in the summer months.

Stories and Updates

Samuel & Moses July 23

Just Look At Them Now! | Liberia Update

Samuel and Moses are happy and healthy. They have big smiles these days, and like most boys in Liberia, they have lots of energy and love to play soccer. It hasn’t always been so. They were brought to the Home …Read More

May 2

See What Grace Is Doing Today | Liberia Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children in Liberia. Last year, we introduced you to Grace–Her father, who was a pastor, contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to others who were sick. He passed away after …Read More

February 12

Meet a Boy Who Is Changing Lives in Liberia | Liberia Update

Good things are happening in Liberia because of your prayer and support! Here at Lifesong Liberia we want to create opportunities for our kids to develop a plan for their future. As our teens grow in knowledge and experience, they …Read More

October 23

Cakes and Donuts and Pies! | Liberia Update

The aroma of fresh-baked bread or cookies … These days, you can follow your nose to Lifesong Liberia’s vocational classes where the girls are learning to bake. Over 20 of our girls from both the Rehab and Marshall homes are …Read More

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“The children in our care are no longer orphans, but have become sons and daughters!”

Emmanuel JonesFounder & Director
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