Holistic Approach

Holistic-ApproachLiberia Now has adopted a holistic approach to our work. Without addressing the key drivers of development in an integrated way, we can never truly solve the issue of extreme poverty within a community. We have identified five key areas of development, which when addressed in a simultaneous way, offer a sustainable path to transformation for any community.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Liberia’s current unemployment rate stands at 75%, which is one of the primary obstacles to sustainable development. A growth in economic activity through employment increases the velocity of money and creates more abundant capital. A Liberian with a secure and sustainable form of income becomes an engine of transformational change.¬†

(Current Projects – micro-loans, small business training program)

 

 

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EDUCATION

Liberia currently has no free public education system. Its adult illiteracy rate stands at 44% and a significant portion of the population is unable to attend school because of high tuition costs. An educated and literate population brings security and sustainable growth for future generations. A Liberian generation of educated children forms the framework upon which transformational change can occur.

(Current Projects – construction of a K-12 school, library development program, student scholarship program)

 

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HEALTHCARE

Approximately half of Liberia has little or no access to basic healthcare services and medicines. Without access to these basic services, a community will fall apart. A business owner who cannot work because of malaria, or children who cannot attend school because of malnutrition or easily preventable diseases prevent transformational change. A community with an adequate healthcare infrastructure provides the fuel which powers transformational change.

(Current Projects –¬†medical supply sponsorships, low-cost community pharmacy program)

 

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INFRASTRUCTURE

It is estimated that 46% of Liberians lack access to clean water and 68% lack proper sanitation facilities. Without these two essential pieces of society, a community is doomed to a continual and unnecessary struggle with endemic disease. A strong infrastructure within a community provides a perpetual momentum pushing forward the engine of transformational change.

(Current Projects – water well construction / repair / rehabilitation)

 

 

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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
In 2004, Liberia emerged from a 14-year civil war, which destroyed the country and the lives of its citizens. In addition to the physical needs of the Liberian community, spiritual and cultural restoration is desperately needed. A country which has lost its hope and its sense of meaning will struggle to survive in a dark world. However, the redemption found through the message of Christ forms the heart and soul of our holistic vision. Through God’s love, a community desperately in need can find forgiveness, healing, and ultimately a brighter future.

(Current Projects – pastoral training program, leadership development program, evangelistic outreach, community restoration outreaches)