SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Liberia)

Liberia is located along the coast of western Africa and is home to over 5.2 million people. Liberia is abundant in rivers and rainforests and rich in minerals like iron and diamonds. However, decades of political instability have crippled Liberia’s chances of capitalizing on its natural resources. The civil war destroyed much of the country's infrastructure and led to severe poverty. In the 2010s, a devastating Ebola epidemic killed thousands and further hurt the economy. The recovery is slow and Liberia remains one of the countries in Africa with the lowest income.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Liberia since 1981.

Children are at risk

Children in Liberia face many issues including a lack of access to education and healthcare, extreme poverty, violence and more. Early life is difficult: more than a third of all deaths in children under the age of 5 happen in their first four weeks of life. Abuse, including rape, harassment and exploitation is common, especially against girls. In 2015, 89% of reported rape survivors were children. Finding decent employment is a challenge for young people, as the country’s economy and infrastructure are only just recovering from a 14-year civil war
Of children aged 5-17 are engaged in child labour

Child labour

Child labour is common among many vulnerable communities in Liberia. 14% of children (aged 5-17 years) are engaged in some kind of labour. This is often as a result of human trafficking and they are involved in dangerous activities such as the production of rubber and the mining of gold and diamonds. Child labour deprives children of an education and this will make it harder for them to thrive in the future.

Of children under 5 are registered at birth

Right to identity

Children who are not registered at birth cannot access basic rights and services. A proof of legal identity provides children with education and healthcare. Despite Liberia’s efforts to increase birth registrations through public health facilities, they remain one of the lowest in West Africa. In fact, only 25% of children under 5 are registered at birth. Challenges also stem from the complexity of the nationality legislation, where women are prevented from transmitting Liberian nationality under specific conditions.

1 in 3
Children under the age of 5 are too short for their age


Malnourishment in Liberia is a major challenge. The country has one of the highest rates of stunting in the world. More specifically, 1 in 3 children under the age of 5 are stunted or too short for their age. When children don’t get the nourishment required for them to grow up healthy, they are at higher risk of death from common illnesses. Stunting also affects brain function and the immune system, leading many children to perform poorly in school.

Together we can make a difference for children in Liberia

Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Medical services
Were possible
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
SOS Children’s Villages Liberia supports families in the neighbouring community so that children can live in better conditions. Hawa and her family is one of the many families that SOS Children’s Villages Liberia is helping. Hawa is training to be a mechanic to ensure she can become independent and provide for her family’s needs (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Liberia).

Working together for sustainable development

In 2015, leaders from 193 countries committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 15-year plan aims to improve the lives of people by ending poverty, fighting inequality and protecting the planet.
GOAL 1: End poverty
SOS Children’s Villages supports families and communities to keep families together and to help them break out of the cycle of poverty.
GOAL 4: Ensure quality education for all
Every child and young person SOS Children’s Villages supports has access to education, from kindergarten right up to vocational training or university.
GOAL 8: Equal job opportunities for all
SOS Children’s Villages supports young people in developing the skills and self-confidence they need to find decent work and trains parents so that they can have a stable income.
GOAL 10: Reduce inequalities
SOS Children’s Villages works to keep children safe, by promoting peaceful and inclusive communities. We provide training on children’s rights and positive parenting.
GOAL 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies
We advocate laws and practices that ensure social inclusion and protection for children and young people without parental care or from marginalized households.

Let’s keep on protecting children and young people!

Many children have been able to find a safe and secure home. With your help, we can continue to change their lives