Our Story

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Child Steps International was founded in 2012 at a critical time for the people of Liberia. After years of war, endemic poverty and trauma, the country possessed abundant natural resources but lacked the infrastructure and human capital needed for lasting recovery. Child Steps International was founded to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders through civics education and leadership programs.

AFTERMATH OF WAR

A decade after Liberia’s civil war, the country still carried the wounds of brutal fighting. From 1998-1996 and 1999-2003, the country was plagued by fighting and human rights abuses – including the use of child soldiers and child trafficking. Liberia was ripe with possibility but without the proper resources, those possibilities might never be realized. In 2012, Child Steps International was founded to stop wishing for a better Liberia and start building it.

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84 Percent Stat

OF LIBERIANS BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL POVERTY LINE OF $1.25/DAY

52 Percent Stat

LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY OF UNDER $0.50/DAY

THE PROBLEM

Our work focuses on civics education because, simply put, citizens must understand their government and their own human rights to actively participate in building a strong, more prosperous, more peaceful Liberia.

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Our programs focus on inclusion, participation and the empowerment of communities and systems. We believe every person has something to give and that, together, we can work for the peace and wellbeing of all. We stand in awe of Liberia citizens and all they have accomplished for peace, as we continue to work to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, faced by its most vulnerable citizens.

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