If you were to travel by car from the Roberts International Airport to the capital city of Monrovia, you would pass right by the Rafiki Training Village Liberia. The Village is just off the main road about one-half mile from the beach and is surrounded by agricultural fields, jungle, and swampland. Sixteen buildings house the educational and residential facilities of the Village residents. Established in 2007 on fifty acres of land, the Village offers hope and help to this war torn and impoverished nation. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah is a much-loved hymn of the staff and children.
Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the border countries of Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, and Sierra Leone, Liberia is a land rich in natural resources such as iron ore, rubber, timber, diamonds, coffee, and cocoa. It is home to Sapo National Park, West Africa’s only rain forest that teems with more than 2000 species of flora and fauna.
Freed American slaves began settling on the West African coast in 1822. In 1847, Liberia was declared an independent republic—Africa's first—under a constitution modelled on that of the United States. William Tubman, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendents of the original settlers and the native Liberians. After many years of civil war, Liberia held democratic elections in late 2005 and elected Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Area: 43,000 square miles
Language: English, 20 ethnic languages
Religion: Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%,
other 0.2%, none 1.4%
Currency: Liberian dollar
Life Expectancy: 58
GNI per Capita: $410
Percentage of Population Living on Less than $1.25/day: 83.8%
Literacy Percent: 60.8%
Orphaned Children: 200,000
Physicians per 100, 000 people: 1
CIA—The World Factbook
National Geographic Atlas of the World
WHO Human Resources for Health
UNICEF—State of the World’s Children, 2010
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