The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges in Liberia. But amid every trial and struggle, God remains steadfast and faithful. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates in Liberia, the whole nation including children in our care and team members are reminded of the country’s difficult past. The Liberian Civil War in the 1990s was devastating. About 250,000 people were murdered, and thousands more ran for their lives. As war ceased and the country endeavored toward recovery, in 2014, Ebola brought a new wave of toil. In two years’ time, from 2014 to 2016, about 4,810 Liberians died. The Liberian civil war and Ebola epidemic left innumerable victims. Parents were abducted or killed, leaving parentless children displaced from their homes and forced to fend for themselves on the streets of Monrovia and across Liberia. Many orphaned children have turned to activities such as child prostitution for survival or were forced into human trafficking. The majority of parents who survived can no longer provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, and an environment conducive to the good health of their children. So it comes as no surprise that one of the greatest challenges in Liberia now during COVID-19 is fear. Schools are closed, a mandatory lockdown is in place, and—for the first time in Liberia’s history—churches are closed. The price of Liberia’s primary food, rice, has risen from $13 USD, to $25 USD.
IF NOTHING IS DONE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, HUNGER WILL KILL EVEN MORE THAN CORONA VIRUS
HELP AN ORPHAN TO STAY HOME AND SAFE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME
How you can help:
$1.00 will feed a child for a day
$7.00 feeds a child for a week
$30.00 feeds a child for a month
$320 launches homeschool curriculum for 20 students (providing resources to teach the bible, computer skills, reading, writing, and arithmetic while schools are closed)
About the organizations you'll be sponsoring (Children's Aid Liberia and Hope of Blessings International)
Deeply affected by this problem, Nelson and Pauline Dahn created Children’s Aid Liberia Inc (CAL) initially pulling 20 orphans off the streets of Monrovia into their own home. Similarly, Hope of Blessings International (HOBI) created by Samuel and Alice Godfrey currently supports over 200 orphaned children in Sinoe County, Liberia. Today in light of the economic pressures created by COVID, the two charities are joining forces in a fundraising effort to support the children in dire need under their care. HOBI has 501 (c)(3) status in America allowing donations to be tax deductible for American donors. All donations made via this fundraiser will be going directly to support the nourishment and education of children under the care of CAL and HOBI.
Learn more about HOBI at: https://www.hopeofblessings.com/about.html.