Our mission is to provide youth in Liberia with educational opportunities by building connections among students from across the world.
Liberia, a small country in West Africa, was devastated by a 14-year civil war that left the country in ruins. The war ended in 2003, but much of Liberia remains underdeveloped. The public education system is poorly funded and in many cases dysfunctional, while most private schools charge high tuition fees that the majority of Liberians cannot afford. Many young people are thus unable to complete high school.
To address this injustice, LEF offers scholarships to a select number of Liberian students to attend high school and university. These scholarship students meet regularly to develop communication and leadership skills in addition to completing service projects in their communities. All of the funding for these scholarships comes from students in the U.S., who are matched with students in Liberia to organize and fundraise on their behalf. Since our founding in 2007, over 200 students in the U.S. have fundraised more than $45,000 for LEF, becoming leaders in their communities and schools. In Liberia, 64 underprivileged students have been awarded scholarships to further their education, and many of them now play a fundamental role in leading the program.