Children in the West-African country of Liberia suffer greatly under extreme poverty, the effects of a violent civil war and the recent Ebola crisis. Over half of Liberia's population is under the age of 20 years and these children face daunting challenges. For street children, those who have neither a home nor a family, the prospects of getting an education, proper health care or even basic food security remain a distant dream. The government of Liberia has no strategy to deal with the exceptionally high number of street children and orphans in the country. Most of these children are not registered with the government and receive no support or services.
Against this background, Growing Tree Liberia gGmbH, together with our partner organization in Monrovia, Growing Tree Child Care Program, is dedicated to establishing a child-care complex that will serve as a much-needed, and preferably temporary, home to children who have been left without a family to care for them. We envision a 4-acre enclosed property with 5 small 10-person dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, and a library/music school building. The property will be solar-powered and will have its own water tank. The complex will be able to house 50 children. In the long term, Growing Tree Child Care Program plans to establish a foster care system linked to the child care complex in order to offer children a more permanent home and an individual family to care for them. We sincerely hope that the Growing Tree child care complex will be only a temporary stay for children on their way to finding a more permanent, loving home.
In fall 2017, we purchased land for the child care center in Sass Town, Bomi County, about 45 minutes north of Monrovia. Our partners in Liberia are in close contact with the community in Sass Town. The community members are excited about the project and we will be involving the community as much as we can in the implementation of the project, specifically in terms of employment for community members. In the next months, after the surveying and clearing of the land is finished, we are planning to begin building the concrete wall around the perimeter of the land that will be needed to secure the premises. Read more here: www.growingtreeliberia.org