Support post-Ebola economic recovery, lift families out of poverty and drive transformative social change. Improve public health and hygiene, empower youth and strengthen livelihoods of families in rural, impoverished areas.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit Liberia hard, killing over 4,800 people, devastating the lives of thousands more and wreaking havoc on the country’s economy. Grief, fear and panic were widespread, and efforts to contain the disease stalled market activities and caused many families' livelihoods to suffer.
While the epidemic has now been largely contained, the economic impacts of the outbreak threaten the progress the country has made in its recovery from more than a decade of civil war that ended in 2003.
Mercy Corps played an important role in responding to the outbreak, working with local partners to deliver health and hygiene messaging to prevent further spread of the virus. But ongoing support is critical to address pre-Ebola challenges, including poverty and a dysfunctional healthcare system, and to speed economic recovery and help families overcome the lingering effects of this crisis.
- Emergency response: Mobilized community leaders to teach two million people how to protect themselves from Ebola with lifesaving hygiene and Ebola prevention lessons. Set up hand-washing stations and provided accurate, trusted information through mass media, posters, text messages and community meetings.
- Agriculture & food: Distributing emergency food aid to families that have been economically impacted by Ebola. Providing seeds, tools and cash so people can restart livelihoods and purchase food and supplies.
- Children & youth: Implementing mental health recovery programs to help children cope with the emotional effects of the Ebola epidemic.
- Health: Bolstering community preparedness against future Ebola outbreaks. Training community health committees to work more effectively and helping them strengthen their relationships with the local government.
All stories about Liberia
Liberia: Behind the camera: The power of one pen
Freelance photographer Nancy Farese is documenting Mercy Corps programs in Haiti this week. Prior to leaving, she reflected on her last trip to Liberia in 2011.
Liberia: Youth find work meeting new needs
Two young men sit outside the shop that's brought them a new source of income.
Liberia: Nobel Peace Prize, elections and youth
With the award of the Nobel Peace Prize last week to three influential women including two Liberians, the world will surely take notice of the October 11th elections in Liberia.
Liberia: Delivering clean water to Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Even though the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ended almost a month ago, a humanitarian catastrophe remains. More than a million Ivoriens fled their homes to escape fierce fighting during the crisis, including at least 135,000 people that escaped into neighboring Liberia.
Liberia: More than 100,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Mercy Corps has deployed emergency staff who have conducted assessments in affected communities and are now focusing on urgent water and sanitation needs.
Liberia: Welcome to Liberia
When writer Bija Gutoff visited Mercy Corps programs in Liberia she was greeted with joyful singing and dancing.
Liberia: Community radio in Liberia
Mercy Corps is supporting community radio in Liberia. 75-80 thousand people tune in to learn the latest news and community events.
Liberia: On market day in Gio Town, farmers learn a new way to extract palm oil
Wednesday is market day in Gio Town, a small village in Liberia’s Grand Bassa County. By mid-morning the stalls are crowded with vendors and shoppers.
Liberia: A sweet business: Cocoa brings new hope to Liberian farmers
Liberia is a lush tropical rainforest, just the right climate to grow cocoa beans. And before the country’s two civil wars, it did just that.
Liberia: Redefining success: My journey to Liberia
Glance down a deeply rutted Monrovia side street and you may see, at the end of the block, a glimpse of palm trees, sandy coastline and the rolling ocean. Blink, and you may briefly imagine you’re in Mexico or another beachy getaway.