Liberia, on the Atlantic coast of Africa, is classified as a least developed, low-income, food-deficit country. It ranks 177 out of 188 countries in the 2015 Human Development Index. Since the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement it has been recovering from a 14-year civil war that destroyed national infrastructure and basic social services.
An outbreak of the Ebola Virus in March 2014 claimed 4,800 lives in just over a year and highlighted Liberia’s fragility. Although Liberia was declared Ebola-free in January 2016, the crisis had a severe impact on the country’s economy. Economic growth for 2014 fell from a projected 5.9 percent to between 0.7 and 0.9 percent and the cumulative loss of output was equivalent to 7.7 percent of the gross domestic product. Poverty and food insecurity are high across the country and are particularly acute in Liberia’s rural areas where 51 percent of the population lives. Some 83.8 percent of the population live on less than US$1.25 a day.
A 2015 emergency food security assessment found that food insecurity affects 16 percent of households, including 2 percent that are severely food insecure. For one fourth of Liberian families, food accounts for more than 65 percent of their total expenditures. Some 18 percent of households were found to be using emergency coping strategies (mostly begging) to meet their food needs.
Among the major underlying causes of poverty and food insecurity in Liberia is the low level of access to education, with official statistics showing only 26.7 percent of children were enrolled in school in 2014. The 2014-15 Ebola outbreak had a devastating effect on Liberia’s children: schools had to stay closed for most of the year to curb the spread of the disease.
The country is heavily dependent on foreign aid and investment. Income from exports, mainly of natural resources, is not currently sufficient to support the population’s development needs. Agriculture is focused mainly on the cultivation of food crops and export commodities. Livestock farming is small-scale, poorly resourced, and unable to meet local demand for meat. Some 80 percent of the population depends on fish for protein. Management and harvesting of marine sources, however, are now threatened by rising sea levels and coastal flooding due to climate change.
As of December 2015, Liberia hosted almost 39,000 refugees, primarily Ivorians who fled their country during the 2010 post-electoral crisis. Those who live in camps are especially food insecure and vulnerable to food price fluctuations.
Most Liberians do not possess the means to meet the needs of their many offspring. Many Liberian children don’t have access to a sufficient and balanced diet. Only one in four has access to drinking water, 40% suffer from malnutrition and one in five is undernourished. These diet deficiencies cause shortages in vitamins and iron, and delays in growth, and sometimes leading to death in the most severe cases. Around 16 percent of households in Liberia are food-insecure and two percent are severely food-insecure. Some people beg in order to feed their family. Many people impersonate being handicapped to beg assistance from others to feed their family.
Our goal is to help cure hunger by establishing satellite Feeding Centers across Liberia, which will allow us to serve weekly nutritional food to poor children and families. Our satellite Feeding Centers will serve as stations in which civilians will be able to come to get nutritional food and fresh water. Our goal is to transport, store, and distribute food to thousands of the most impoverished people in Liberia, and across Africa.
We work in conjunction with bible believing churches to facilitate this process. We believe through the generosity of donors and the help of volunteers, we will be able to supply enough food weekly to improve the statistics of hunger in Liberia.
In Liberia, the Delano King Foundation aims to provide safety nets to strengthen food and nutrition security through school feeding and social protection measures, and to strengthen Liberia’s capacity to own and implement hunger solutions. We use every available resource to help those in our own communities and those in need around the world. In addition, we provide clothing to those in need especially in villages and rural area across Liberia. Through donations, it is our goal to make sure that all poor children and families in need of clothes have clothing items and toiletries.
Your support to this organization allows us to be the hands and feet of hope to those in need all around the world. Jesus instructed us to go into the world and FEED the hungry (Matthew 25:35).