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Sustaining Peace in Liberia 2020

$900
22%
Raised toward our $4,000 Goal
17 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 17, at 12:00 PM EST
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Sustaining Peace in Liberia 2020

Since 2011, nearly 35 students from Salem State University (SSU) have spent spring break in Liberia learning about and helping out people in that equatorial African nation. Students have accompanied SSU faculty from four departments (Interdisciplinary Studies, Education, Biology and Nursing). Activities in Liberia are facilitated through a formal Memorandum of Understanding between SSU and the United Methodist University of Liberia (UMU) established in 2011 and renewed in 2016.    

During spring semester student will learn about Liberian history, culture, education, health care, jobs and food security. Students learn the average age is 18, 32% of young people are physically stunted due to undernourishment, and 48% live in extreme poverty. Nearly 2/3’s of rural youth are illiterate. The situation for adults is equally dismal; 87% are categorized as “vulnerably unemployed”. Exacerbating this already stressed situation was the  Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015,  in that time Ebola killed one out every 1,000 Liberians.    

When students visit Liberia, they apply and share the knowledge gained at SSU (and elsewhere) to help Liberians help themselves. These personalized experiences in Liberia are varied and credited as courses and work ( depending on students major, using the courses IDS 289, BIO 408), which includes reporting on what was done and its relevance.    

Universally, the Liberian Experience has proven gratifying and rewarding as evidenced by the successes realized by former participants who are now teachers, professors, technicians, nurses and finalizing advanced degrees. To help sustain this experience so other young people can participate, learn, grow and contribute we seek your assistance.     

Any assistance that you could provide would be GREATLY appreciated!

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$30

Traveler

Travel in Liberia is challenging and requires a dependable vehicle and a competent driver.

$120

Medical

Participants in the Liberian Fieldwork must obtain a "yellow card" that documents all required immunizations have been met.

$180

Gate Keeper

Covers expense for one student to obtain a visa to gain entry into Liberia.

$260

In-Country Expenses

Covers lodging, meals and in-country travel for one student participant for the duration of the fieldwork.

$2,000

Pilot and Navigator

Provides airfare for one student to travel to/from Liberia.

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