After a prolonged civil conflict in the region, community radio stations were set up to encourage peace building efforts in Liberia. Often working with limited resources, these stations have become a vital voice, sharing important information and encouraging dialogue across boundaries.
In 2012, CRF trained over 50 staff from 29 radio stations across the country, helping them start their own youth programs tackling issues like teenage pregnancy, unemployment and educational challenges.
Over half of Liberia’s estimated population of 4 million people, is children and youth. In 2014, the country was hard-hit by the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Although the country was declared ‘Ebola free’ in 2015, the effects that the disease left in its wake, especially on the youth, are long lasting. CRF then decided to reach out to its partner stations to provide additional support to their ongoing efforts to address Ebola and other emerging issues that affect the lives of young people in Liberia. So far, the project has trained 34 young reporters and 8 station-based mentors who support the youth. The project is strengthening local youth-led radio broadcast activities and supporting the operations of three host community radio stations in the country.
STATION STAFF TRAINED AS FACILITATORS | 34 YOUTH TRAINED AS REPORTERS