Where We Are Serving – Liberia
Why Liberia? – From 1980 to 2004 Liberia suffered through a series of civil wars that went unnoticed by the rest of the world. Starting with the assassination of President Tolbert and the public execution of 13 cabinet members by Samuel Doe the horror continued as Charles Taylor’s rebels claimed power and took over in 1990. Over 300,000 people died or left during this time wiping out entire generations of knowledge in expertise in what once was a thriving economy. Agriculture knowledge and skills vanished leaving the bush to encroach on what was productive farm ground. Today Liberia imports over 90% of its food, although Africa is one of the most arable soils in the world. 83% of the Liberians are farmers and 51% live in urban areas. The population of Liberia is about 4.1 million people (occupying a state about the size of Ohio) Liberia is one of the third poorest countries in the world, with the majority of the population living on less than $1 a day. There is no running water and very limited electricity only 2,000 facilities in all of Liberia have electric power.