Liberia

Liberia is currently ranked 175 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), one of the poorest nations on earth, where 41% of the population lives below the poverty line.

We have been providing Mary’s Meals in Liberia since 2006. However, our presence here goes as far back as 1992 when we provided aid, such as health clinics, during the first civil war. 

Mary’s Meals is the sole provider of school feeding in Bong County. We also deliver our programme in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties. The schools we support are mainly in remote and often inaccessible areas.

Life in Liberia

Delivering food to schools deep in the jungle via off-road routes is particularly challenging during the rainy season (May-October) when monsoons are common. 

We strive to source as much of our food locally as possible. However it is sometimes necessary to order from further afield – as much as five months in advance – to ensure we can keep our promise to feed the hungry children we serve.

The country remains overshadowed by the 2014/15 Ebola outbreak which forced schools to close, crippled economies and wiped out livelihoods. 

Mary's Meals in Liberia

We are currently feeding over 131,000 children in 614 schools.

Children in the schools are aged between 4 and 18.

A typical school meal is rice and peas (some schools have successful vegetable gardens where they grow additional food).

Did you know?

44% of the population live below the International Poverty Line
of $1.90 per day.

More than 50% of all students do not complete a primary school education.

1.5 million people in Liberia have insufficient food intake.