The 14-year civil war in Liberia affected all aspects of society, displacing thousands of families, disrupting the economy and destroying critical infrastructure. Following the war’s end, the country has struggled to repair socio-economic conditions, with 54% of the country still in poverty. Since 2010, Shelter for Life has implemented projects that include: public infrastructure reconstruction of bridges, latrines and roads; shelter and settlement services; access to finances through micro-grants; and vocational training in agricultural practice and business.



Solo Town Refugee Camp

The Problem: The political instability in the Ivory Coast erupted in 2009, when the incumbent president refused to accept his defeat in a presidential election. As a result, violence spread throughout the country, and over 100,000 families were forced to flee their homes.

The Solution: With support from UNHCR, our team constructed a refugee camp just over the border in Solo Town, Liberia. This involved clearing trees and brush, leveling the ground, and the construction of shelter-tents and a number of large community buildings.

The Impact: 1,300 temporary shelters provided and 10 community buildings constructed.

Funder: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duration: 2010


Agriculture Market Development Initiative: A HANDS sub-program

The Problem: Liberia’s food supply has been unstable and thus a concern for a number of years.  After years of civil war, 85% of Liberians have no access to healthcare, 70% depend solely on agriculture for their food production, and 50% are at ‘poor’ or ‘borderline’ food consumption. As a result, the country is at 80% Food Insecurity.

The Solution: In partnership with OIC International, our team implemented a Food-for-Work program as a part of the USAID/OICI HANDS (Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Development and Sustainability) program. With a focus on agricultural market development, our team developed vocational training and micro-grants initiatives, as well as provided food to community members in return for working on projects that benefited the community. This included: road rehabilitation and infrastructure reconstruction work programs, small jumpstart grants, intertwined with extensive agricultural training, mentoring and coaching, followed by the distribution of $100 micro-grants.

The Impact: Micro-grants given to 422 farmers; 123 community members employed through the food-for-work program; 6 new shelters, 2 bridges and several latrines constructed.

Funder: USAID Food for Progress, through OIC International
Duration: 2010-2012