With funding from USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Global Communities is implementing the Assisting Liberians with Education to Reduce Transmission (ALERT) program to provide intensive and urgent outreach in Lofa, Nimba, and Bong counties. Capitalizing on existing community trust, longstanding relationships, resources and networks, ALERT is engaging with as many communities as possible to quickly share information on proper hygiene practices and preventing transmission. Working with OFDA, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Liberian Red Cross and other partners in Liberia, Global Communities is providing burial team support in all 15 counties of Liberia. This support includes organizing burial teams within each county and providing training to ensure safe management of corpses, equipping teams with vehicles for the transfer of corpses, providing decontamination materials and personal protective gear, as well as providing compensation. Global Communities is also managing a safe burial site for Ebola victims ensuring that bodies from are being buried safely and respectfully. Learn more about our response to the Ebola outbreak here.
Through the USAID-funded IWASH program, Global Communities is helping residents in six counties in Liberia and targeted neighborhoods in Monrovia to improve their overall health through better water supply systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Through the project, Global Communities is working with community members, local partners and municipal governments to develop sustainable, market-driven solutions to meet communities' water and sanitation needs. At the same time, the project promotes education and learning among individuals and communities about sanitary practices and water hygiene. Global Communities is also providing technical support to the Monrovia City Corporation to improve sanitation services in the capital. Through this partnership, Global Communities is providing capacity building and training to local enterprises to help them become successful businesses providing waste collection services to households and small establishments.
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative methodology for mobilizing communities to eliminate open defecation is being implemented by Global Communities as part of the IWASH program. Global Communities has worked to develop and adapt the program in Africa and is working with communities in Liberia to ensure it reaches the people who need it most. CLTS is already being used by Global Communities in Liberia with 351 triggered communities in three counties, 284 of which are open defecation free. Read more about Global Communities' work with Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) here.
Global Communities, in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Certificate Program, is working with women entrepreneurs to ensure they gain access to credit in the short term, while building support networks to provide skills and training that will give them access to formal credit facilities over the long term. With sufficient training, certification and education, these women will be able to access the financing that will enable them to dramatically increase their business and stimulate the Liberian business environment overall.
In conjunction with ongoing efforts to improve the sanitation situation in urban communities, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement in Service Delivery (YES) program. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the YES program helped to build the capacity of local youth organizations and trained youth for employment in the solid waste sector. The program also focused on building the capacity and life skills of youth with training in savings and financial literacy, basic business and employability skills. At the same time, with support from the World Bank, Global Communities developed interventions to help vulnerable, urban youth. These interventions were designed to help prevent urban youth, including ex-combatants, from engaging in violence, crime and substance abuse by promoting viable economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods.