Friends of Liberia Renewal Ministries (FOLRM) is a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides education, food, and a home for orphans, and under-resourced children in Liberia, West Africa. We also work to end gender and sexual-based violence and provide practical skills to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
For the 2022-23 year, our services have benefited 106 children. We have housed, fed, and provided elementary scholarships for 86 students on our campus, fed and housed ten students in Junior High School, and provided ten additional scholarships for elementary students in schools
in Monrovia. Our Ladies Lounge program has also worked with 20 women this year. We plan to add a new grade with 25 students to our school program every year. At capacity, we plan to cater to 350 students per year.
From 2014 to 2023, FOLRM has run the school at no cost to these students. It costs $480 per student. We raise support from Liberia and the U.S. to provide scholarships and cover the operational cost for the institution. Your partnership is needed.
In 2023-2024, FOLRM plans to encourage relatives of those we serve to participate in educating these students by providing minimal cash registration fees or in-kind services on campus as part of their partnership with the work that we are doing.
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.