In 2016 HI resumed its inclusive education initiatives in Liberia, suspended during the autumn 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Mobility aid workshop in Monrovia, Liberia | © S. Bonnet / HI
Since 2008, HI has been working to include children with disabilities in the Liberian education system. HI works with institutional stakeholders to develop inclusive educational policies. In addition, support is provided to the families of children with disabilities and teachers are trained in strategies designed to support their learning. HI also runs a specific project for vulnerable boys and girls without access to primary education.
Ebola has impacted heavily on Liberia; it is one of the three countries most badly affected by the epidemic which hit West Africa in December 2014. Prior to this outbreak, Liberia was already in a weakened state following years of civil war (1989-2003).
Though Liberia has abundant natural resources – in particular diamonds and gold – it has a very high rate of poverty and ranks 177th (out of 188 countries) on the Human Development Index. The country has only 200 km of tarmaced roads and the capital has very little electricity and no running water. Healthcare infrastructures are also extremely inadequate and have undoubtedly been further weakened by the Ebola epidemic.