What We Do
In Liberia, we are the leading International NGO working with other local and international partners, as well as the Liberian Government, to improve the welfare of children and make Liberia a safe place for them. We use three thematic programs to achieve such worthy cause. They include Health, Education and Protection. We also respond to emergencies.
Our health program, under the ambitious Every One Campaign, is aimed at helping Liberia reach all health related MDGs, especially goals 4 & 5 by 2015. This is being done by supporting the government to develop good health policies and introduce cost effective and evidence based child survival and maternal mortality reduction interventions. The health program is functional in Margibi, Bong and Montserrado counties- working with 23 health facilities including one hospital (C. H. Rennie)-benefiting an estimated 251,588 people, 167,483 of whom are children. We are currently doing the following:
- Provide essential drugs to the facilities
- Rehabilitate & construct health facilities
- Train health workers
- Procure & donate assets like motorbikes & medical supplies
The focal point of our protection program is to build a protective and safe environment to care for, respond to, and resolve the violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse of children in Liberia. Improving the care situation of children without proper care is also paramount. This includes advocacy against unethical inter-country adoptions, improvement of the policy framework for alternative care, reunification of children from orphanages, capacity building of social workers and building community structures for child protection.
Ensuring that civil society organizations are strengthened and capacitated to monitor and advocate for the full realization of the rights of Liberian children is our Child Rights Governance intervention focus in Liberia. The country signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 and passed a children’s act in 2011, a step crucial to the realization of child rights but more needs to be done.
Early Childhood Development, ECCD, Basic Education and non-formal education are the three priority areas of SC Liberia’s Education program. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity of the Education Ministry and communities to improve the quality of basic education as a means of enabling all children affected by the war to learn, develop and play in a safe and protective environment. Constructing and rehabilitating schools, setting up centers, providing furniture, supplying play and learning materials and training teachers are some of the undertakings of the Education Program of the Liberia Country office.