Friends of Liberia Renewal Ministries (FOLRM) is a religious non-profit organization registered in the US that serves children in Liberia in partnership with Liberia Renewal Ministries. FOLRM exists to demonstrate Christ’s love in Liberia by providing a safe place to live for homeless orphans, education, and meals for them and the poor children who attend our elementary school in rural Liberia. Besides primary school education and biblical knowledge, we also offer practical job skills training and recovery support advocacy for women and young girls who have been victimized by poverty, abused, and sold into sexual slavery.
Our programs are provided to surrounding rural communities of townships and villages with no electricity, running water, or sanitation facilities. We run a school and orphanage to care for the people in these communities. At our school and orphanage, we generate our electricity and have dug a well to provide drinking water instead of driving 10 miles for clean water. We are in the process of constructing improved housing for orphans, classrooms, new beds, and sanitary facilities. Our surrounding agricultural fields provide a very modest income- from the sale of pigs and occasional seasonal food crops at local farmers’ markets.
Despite our best efforts, we are not yet independent or self-sustaining. We still have to purchase essential foods and supplies for the needs of the school and orphanage. We rely upon donors’ generosity such as yourself and trust in the continual blessings and provision of God’s grace. Thank you for considering a generous support gift for the children that we serve.
Your tax-deductible giving will make a significant difference in these children’s lives while providing safety, protection, and educational training for both themselves and the abused women and girls.
In 2015, Liberia was the 4th poorest and most economically depressed nation globally (based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita). If one uses the Gross National Income (GNI), Liberia ranks as the number 1 most impoverished country in the world. In 2013, the average family in Liberia lived on only USD 716 per year. There are few jobs in this depressed country plagued by disease and an inflationary economy. People are living a day-to-day existence at a subsistence level; many are starving and desperate to survive. There are very few charitable organizations in Liberia capable of handling the overwhelming problems of poverty, disease, lack of education, and sexual abuse or human trafficking.
From 1989 to 2004, Liberia underwent devastating civil wars that left the country torn apart by corruption and economic instability. In 2014, the Ebola epidemic destroyed Liberia families leaving children as orphans throughout the country. These crises have led to an unstable struggling economy, few educational or job opportunities for the poor, and many children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. We aim to break this cycle of poverty: with education and training, by the grace of God, we will!
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has observed that “Liberia is significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics.” It has one of the world’s highest out-of-school children, with an estimated 15-20 % of all 6 to 14 years old children not in class. Only one child out of three (1/3) possible preschoolers will have access to early childhood learning programs. And then, only half of all school-age children will complete primary education, dropping out. Many are classified as “overage” for children enrolled in primary and secondary school. The vast majority of Liberia’s students are older than the appropriate age for their grade and are therefore at high risk of dropping out. There is an obvious need for early and remedial educational intervention.