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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Respond to the current Ebola outbreak by leveraging a network of trusted community leaders who will reach 2 million people with vital information to prevent transmission and halt the spread of the disease.

Assess market implications of the outbreak and look towards long-term solutions to help local economies recover.

The context

The Ebola outbreak that began in December 2013 spread from a few initial cases in Guinea and hit Liberia hard, devastating communities and killing thousands. The disease continues to wreak havoc — community education and action will be key to stopping transmission of the disease at community and household levels.

Although Liberia's economy was growing at an impressive rate — mainly because of price increases in extractive commodities such as rubber, palm oil and minerals — the current GDP is only one-eighth of what it was before the 1986-1996 and 1999-2003 civil wars.

Three-quarters of the population lives below the poverty line of one U.S. dollar a day, and most young people lack the education or skills training to help them participate in the country’s recovery.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Working with community leaders to equip 2 million people with vital information about Ebola to help contain the outbreak
  • Agriculture & food: Connecting farmers to markets for high-value agricultural products like rubber, cocoa, palm oil and vegetables
  • Children & youth: Empowering young people to participate in their communities through civil society organizations and social skills training
  • Economic opportunity: Connecting youth with apprenticeships and financial training and supporting entrepreneurship with business education and small-business loans

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