The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia did not just infect and kill thousands of people. It brought these West Africa countries to a standstill. Entire communities were quarantined. Borders were sealed off. Markets closed. People were confined to their homes. This devastating disease was not only robbing people of their lives, but also of their livelihoods.
CARE Liberia restarted operations in September 2008 after a hiatus of about 25 years. It has since opened offices in Monrovia and Gbarnga, Bong County, and launched a food and income security program in February 2009. Its ultimate goal is consolidated peace through a more productive, fair, and cohesive society, as well as ensured food security and quality of life for vulnerable women and youth.
As operations re-establish, CARE Liberia is focusing on food and income security, with complementary projects in women’s economic empowerment, access to water and sanitation, and urban and conservation agriculture.
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For those living in West Africa, Ebola is a terrifying part of daily life. New numbers released from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday show Ebola has infected 20,081 people and killed 7,842. There have been close to 400 new cases in just four days. And TIME reports that the epidemic may last a full second year.