The mission of Sustainable Liberia is to reverse the effects of war in rural Liberia by creating education opportunities, supporting economic empowerment initiatives, and enabling spiritually mature leaders and communities.
What We Do
Sustainable Liberia is an outreach initiative of organizations, churches, individuals, and businesses seeking to make a lasting impact on the people of Liberia. This initiative strives to meet the needs of Liberia’s most neglected and extreme poor in remote communities, through sustainable methods in three focus areas: Education, Community Development and Empowerment and Leadership Development and Evangelism.
Rebuilding a country’s education system after a major war is an arduous task. Liberia currently suffers a massive shortage of trained teachers; especially teachers who are willing to relocate and teach in rural communities. Sustainable Liberia bridges the gap by mobilizing resources for the support of primary schools in rural communities; and by building the capacity of local teachers through facilitation of workshops that train local teachers. In 2007, the first free-primary school in Balama region of Bong County was opened by the Balama Development Alliance (now named Sustainable Liberia). Balama Elementary School provides educational opportunities for more than 300 boys and girls. The school is an eleven classrooms facility built on 55 acres of community donated land. The objective of our education program is to provide educational opportunities for boys and girls in rural communities with special attention focused on literacy. Read More...
Community Development and Empowerment
Banking institutions in Liberia, like many financial institutions worldwide require borrowers to have elaborate business plans and/or collateral to qualify for financing. Many villagers without education and collateral to fulfill the financing requirements of the banks are often denied credit. Furthermore, banks are generally not interested in issuing small — $100 to $250 — loans that are needed by most rural villagers. Sustainable Liberia bridges the gap by offering micro-credit opportunities to individuals and families to help them start and grow self-sustaining businesses that provides for their families livelihood. Businesses established through the micro-loan program include retail shops, carving and craft making, gardening, and animal husbandry.
Leadership Development and Evangelism
Sustainable Liberia believes that there can be no sustainable change without leaders and individuals who have outstanding character and a firm spiritual foundation. We aim to instill these qualities through relational discipleship and spiritual formation based on biblical teaching. This mentoring program identifies emerging leaders who have a passion for the community and mobilizes the resources needed to sponsor them through college or vocational school with hopes that they will return to their communities and serve. While in the process of acquiring a college education or vocational skills, the emerging leaders work to on Sustainable Liberia initiatives led under the supervision of project staff. Upon acquiring the appropriate experience, knowledge and skill, emerging leaders are empowered to lead independently. Read More...
Liberia was founded 1847 by freed slaves from the Americas. The country enjoyed over one hundred years of economic prosperity under the oppressive rule imposed by minority Americo-Liberians until 1980; when Master Sergeant Samuel Doe, an indigenous Liberian staged a coup that executed then President William R. Tolbert and 13 members of his cabinet. The Samuel Doe regime ended in 1989 when Charles Taylor, led an uprising against the government. Liberia is still struggling to overcome the gruesome effects of the 14 year long civil war that devastated the entire country and left its infrastructures in ruins—over 300,000 people were killed, more than 700, 000 fled the country into exile, and another 500,000 were displaced. Today, Liberia remains without the basic necessities of life: running water, electricity, adequate healthcare, and access to education. With peace in Liberia under a democratically elected President, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberians are hopeful and desirous of overcoming a painful past.