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       Program:   Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL)

This project, the Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL) is being implemented by YMCA and other partners nation-wide. The Liberia YMCA is a partner supporting the implementation of the Mercy Corps EREL Program which is intended to assist 30,000 households (150,000) beneficiaries), who have been economically affected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The EREL project is targeting three of the most affected counties- Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa Counties.

 YMCA and Mercy Corps are providing support for conduct of spot checks on beneficiaries registered by Committees, conduct training for beneficiaries, and support cash disbursement to beneficiaries and conduct of agriculture trade fair. The team will also monitor the activities of beneficiaries and play mediation role to resolve any issue between community committees and local council arising related to the project implementation.

The EREL Program targets households the most at risk of food insecurity, including those who have suffered directly from the ebola virus disease and/or other diseases and could not access health care due to the partial collapse of the health system; and poor and market-dependent households with below average household income and food shortages. Priority is given to those household with children, and female-headed households. input vouchers’ recipients was selected among the cash transfers’ participants and include those who have experienced a decrease in production of at least 10%, and do not benefit for the FED and other agriculture project.

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 ProgramSecuring Healthy Lives and Sustainable Livelihoods for Vulnerable Youth in Rural LiberiaBeneficiary Nathaline Quawon (left), and friends of Diana Beauty Salon demonstrating their skills following months of training.   Beneficiary Rita Korto of the Basic Skill Vocation Training Center, Tailoring Department   

 Beneficiary Rita Korto of the Basic Skill Vocation Training Center.      Beneficiary Nathaline Quawon (left), and friend of Diana Beauty Salon.                                                     

With funding from the Department for International Development. (DFID) in the UK and Big Lottery Fund, this project is aimed at reducing poverty among 10,000 vulnerable young people in Liberia. It will target five of Liberia’s most deprived rural areas in Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties. Young women and men aged 15-24 will receive vocational training and support to access employment or establish small businesses. They will also benefit from improved sexual and reproductive health information and services as well as training in citizenship, budget monitoring and advocacy. This training will enable young women and men to more effectively participate in and influence decision-making in their communities as well as wider regional and national policy and practice.

  OVERALL OBJECTIVES

 The overall objective of the project is to improve the economic and health status of 10,000 vulnerable young men and women in 5 target locations (Ganta, Yekepa, Gbarnga, Zorzor &  Zwedru) in the four counties (Nimba, Bong, Lofa & Grand Gedeh) in Liberia. 

  EXPECTED RESULTS

 At the end of the project, the following results are expected to be achieved:

1.      Increased sustainable livelihoods for 1,000 vulnerable young people in 5 target locations (Ganta, Yekepa, Gbarnga, Zorzor &  Zwedru), including at least 60% young women.

2.    Ten thousand (10,000) vulnerable young people access quality health information and services in 5 target locations (Ganta, Yekepa, Gbarnga, Zorzor &  Zwedru).

 3.      Empowerment of 1,320 young people to advocate for improved livelihoods and health support.

 DIRECT BENEFICIARIES

Six thousand (6,000) young women, including women from vulnerable group’s e.g. female-headed households, teenage mothers and CSWs in 5 target locations. (At least 75% aged 15-24).

Four thousand (4,000) young men, including from vulnerable groups e.g. ex-combatants in 5 target locations. (At least 75% aged 15-24).

One hundred sixty (160) representatives of county/district-level government health care service providers, including 60% females.

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  Program: The Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP 2)

ECAP 2- Community Support Officer Creating Awareness
ECAP 2- Community Support Officer Creating Awareness

The Ebola Community Action Platform or ECAP 2 is under the management of Mercy Corps and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office for Foreign Development Assistance (OFDA), and is being implemented by local implementing partners across the country in 1,500 communities in 15 counties in Liberia including the Liberia YMCA.

The objective of ECAP 2 is to build preparedness at the grassroots level against a possible future outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other diseases with similar symptoms.

The initiative will further improve coordination of civil society actors by facilitating the development of community health groups and or committees (CHCs) and enhance their coordination with the Ministry of Health, (MoH Community Health Service Structure), create and strengthen health learning system, strengthen community health groups as a bridge between communities and the MoH’s community health service structures, and increase public awareness and knowledge.

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Youth Leadership Development

Youth Leadership Development:


  • Establishment of YMCA clubs in high schools, universities & communities.
  • National and local youth council meetings   and assemblies
  • Youth leadership training camps
  • Intellectual Discourses or civic competence programs for youth to discuss national  issues
  • Annual  children vacation basketball program

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