Liberia

Population:4 millionLiteracy Rate:59%Religion: Roman Catholic (5.8%)

Salesian Missions has been serving a life-saving function in Liberia – one of the world's poorest countries – for the past 30 years. Nearly two-thirds of the 3.5 million residents fall below the poverty line and families struggle to rebuild in the wake of a devastating civil war. Among the most vulnerable victims are former child soldiers who must be rehabilitated and guided into a responsible and productive lifestyle.

Featured Mission

Build Youth Centers

For many children and youth in Liberia, their childhood seems lost to the years of war.  Through the Don Bosco Youth Center, former child soldiers and other young people in the capital city of Monrovia now have the opportunity to experience some of the joys of childhood – while recovering from the effects of war.  Youth participate in five key programs:

  • Recreation and sports:  Youth receive recreation counseling each day in sporting activities from chess to football
  • Basic Christian and civic awareness
  • Cultural troupe:  Youth sing, dance, act, do African acrobatics – and perform at local functions
  • Women’s development program:  Women widowed by the war become self-reliant through loans to start small-scale businesses.  They are also taught AIDS awareness, sanitation, literacy and home economics.
  • Don Bosco Polytechnic:  Young people discover their potential in vocational training and academics


Salesian Missions has been working in Liberia since 1979 with the first vocational technical institute. Since then, it has developed programs with a focus on providing the youth of Liberia with skills to transform their lives and their country.


More Missions in Liberia

Bring Classrooms to Refugee Camps

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, according to the World Bank.  After a devastating civil war, orphans, street children and adolescent ex-combatants are facing – with little education or skills – adult responsibilities.

The goal of the Don Bosco Rehabilitation & Skills Training Program is to reach youth with rehabilitative skills training and counseling.  Through classes, youth can make up for the years lost as result of the war by gaining marketable skills so that they can contribute in rebuilding the country.  Teenagers to young adults in their mid-twenties train in carpentry, masonry, agriculture, plumbing, auto mechanics, metal works, and electricity.  The program was founded in 1991 through a joint initiative with UNICEF.  

In addition, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the program has also provided skills training for Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia.  

Through vocational training and schools, all youth can look forward to contributing to a new Liberia.

Teach Job Skills to Youth

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, according to the World Bank. After a devastating civil war, orphans, street children and adolescent ex-combatants are facing – with little education or skills – adult responsibilities.

The goal of the Don Bosco Rehabilitation & Skills Training Program is to reach youth with rehabilitative skills training and counseling. Through classes, youth can make up for the years lost as result of the war by gaining marketable skills so that they can contribute in rebuilding the country. Teenagers to young adults in their mid-twenties train in carpentry, masonry, agriculture, plumbing, auto mechanics, metal works, and electricity. The program was founded in 1991 through a joint initiative with UNICEF.

In addition, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the program has also provided skills training for Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia.

Through vocational training and schools, all youth can look forward to contributing to a new Liberia.

Feed Hungry Children

In Liberia, the social, economic and human costs of the civil war continue to affect the lives of its people. According to the World Bank, 64% of Liberia’s 3.5 million people live below the poverty line and it is one of the bottom five countries in the world according to the 2008 Human Development Index.

The Don Bosco Homes, founded in 1992, focus on Liberia’s disadvantaged children aged 4-19. Orphans, ex-combatants, street children and other vulnerable children have access to:

  • Basic necessities such as food, shelter, education, medication and recreation
  • Legal aid services and police cell visitation and advocacy through social workers
  • Family reunification efforts and counseling

In addition, Don Bosco Homes are focused on child rights with partnerships with other NGOs. The homes run three War Affected Youth Support (WAYS) projects for UNICEF and partnered with Save the Children Fund (UK) with a Community Welfare Monitoring program to ensure the rights of at-risk children are respected.

Surveys show many of the young people who have been through the programs are now living independent and productive lives.

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