Why Liberia

“To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor…it’s nothing.”
— Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist

  • Liberia is the fourth poorest country in the world
  • Liberia’s economy, infrastructure, and spirit were destroyed by a 14-year civil war
  • The 2014 Ebola epidemic closed schools for almost a year
  • Liberia’s educational system is in crisis, lacking funding, teachers, and resources
  • A brutal civil war that left 200,000 people dead and at least half of the country’s 2.8 million residents homeless.
  • The Ebola crisis took an additional 2,458 lives and families in despair.
  • The countries with the highest percentage of children missing out on primary school:
    1. Liberia – 62%
    2. South Sudan – 59%
    3. Eritrea – 59%
    4. Afghanistan – 46%
    5. Sudan – 45%
  • In 2013, 25,000 students took the University of Liberia entrance examination, and not one passed!

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