About Us

Introduction of Organization

Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is a non-profit organization, legally registered and incorporated with 501 C (3) exempt status. The Liberian Refugee Relief will be responsible for the daily running and supervisory of the funds that will be provided. It holds it as one of its objectives to follow organizational plans that will be very expansive and detailed.

Liberia Refugee Relief Organization is a social entity or institution aimed at helping victims of Liberian civil war adjust to normal life after going through tremendous harassment, intimidation, abuses and other forms of inhumane treatments during the course of 20 years war. It is composed of both Liberians and International expatriates who feel compared and touched by the mass sufferings of thousands of people in a civil conflict that left a once beautiful and calmed country in a total ruin beyond our common human understanding. According to census reports before the onset of the civil conflict, the population of Liberia was estimated to be about four million five hundred thousand.

This figure has been decimated by the protracted conflict which brought the total estimated loss of human lives at about two hundred thousands and a huge amount of property damaged. This new social entity (LIBBRO) is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. During the course of the Liberian conflict, many children lost their lives, parents and grandparents were separated from their children and grandchildren respectively; husbands and wives were separated for a long period of time, divorce rates increased; vandalism became the order of the day, and many, many more conditions that impacted human lives in negative ways persisted.

In order to ameliorate these negative conditions, there has to be a coordinating agency to take charge of finding ways and means of helping these people who have had to find themselves in some unfortunate situations. Thus, the Liberian Refugee Relief Organization has been conceived to close up the gaps that exist between those with good intentions wanting to help and those victimized by the conflict.

Liberia Refugee Relief Organization has, in the past, helped a number of war-displaced persons who came from different parts of Liberia and settled in Philadelphia and many cities in America. Many of these victims have had many war stories to tell and narrated how both government and rebel soldiers forced them to vacate their homes and quite often searched their properties, burnt, looted raped women and vandalized their homes for reasons that they could not explain.

Since the coming into existence of this novel organization in June 1996, it has helped a number of these victims with a huge amount of materials and variety of food items such as bags of rice, sugar, milk, candies, notebooks, pencils, erasers and other school materials. Recipients have in the past also shown their willingness to co-operate with the organization in helping others who did not have the means and whatsoever to come forward to us to submit names other relatives who needed help or were lost in action during the war.  We submitted some names of lost relatives to other international organizations like Red Cross and United Nations refugee agency that later engaged in tracing the names of those relatives.

Goals and Objectives

Why is this project important?

Since moving to Philadelphia area from Liberia 25 years ago, I have become very involved with the local Liberian community in finding ways to educate Liberians who were arriving in the country as refugees. There are more than 150,000 Liberians right here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even though we are a well-organized community, with many associations and with a lot of events, we are also a community with low literacy levels.

Because of the civil war, many Liberians missed years of schooling: some have had no education at all prior to coming to the United States. Most of this population we provide services to do come to the US on a special program called resettlement program. Because of lack of fluency in English and low incomes, many Liberian immigrants are isolated without access to information and resources that could help them in lots of ways. We are also sad to see people in this situation we have witnessed death in the Philadelphia/Liberian community because of AIDS and the denial of the reality of HIV and all of the tragedy associated HIV/AIDS. We, the members of this community can no longer stand the way people are treated-shunned and hidden. Education through traditional songs, videos, magazines and live presentation which, Liberians of all generations here still love, will be a start at changing minds, both about the condition and the people who have it. It will be the beginning of a change in people’s behaviors thereby building hope for a better future as it relates to prevention. As a well known Liberian Nonprofit organization, it feels a sense of responsibility to speak and act about this injustice. This organization, the Liberian Refugee Relief Organization voice is more powerful here in Philadelphia and many parts of the world through health awareness, arts, and culture, preservation of diversity, initiatives, presentation, video, and song.

We, the members of this community can no longer sit back and see the way people with HIV/AID are treated. Liberian Refugee Relief Organization believes that education through traditional songs, videos, magazines and live presentation which, Liberians of all generations here still love, will be a start at changing minds, both about the condition and the people who have the disease. It will be the beginning of a change in people’s behaviors thereby building hope for a better future as it relates to prevention. As a well-known Liberian Nonprofit organization, it feels a sense of responsibility to speak and act about this injustice. This organization, the Liberian Refugee Relief Organization voice is more powerful here in Philadelphia and many parts of the world through health awareness, arts, culture, preservation, diversity, initiatives, presentation, video, and song.

Question (a): As part of the process, if we were asked to identify the social change intend of our artistic or cultural practice from a list of issues or Explain how our practice engages with the expression of our social change vision and intent.

Answer: Liberian Refugee Relief Organization artistic practice engages with gender equality, preservation of culture, conflict resolution and immigrants concerns. The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization does this through songs, presentation and continuing tradition that is meaningful for our community; and modeling what our messages communicate. In Liberia, as the war was ending, a representative from the Liberian Refugee Relief Organization toured the country with another International Organization to determine what to be done for the victims. Our Organization produced a powerful song that was sung about coming together as one people and one country and we modeled that. We are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives within our community, and we devote art and culture values to them for growth, development and positive change.

Question (b): Describe the goals and impact of the project. What is the artistic and cultural content of the project and how will it create social change? Social change does not have to be direct outcome of the project; this project can be one step in a longer process of change.

Answer: Our project goals:

To inspire individuals to ask questions, have conversation and encourage participation that will lead to better understanding about HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Ebola amongst Liberian youth in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas; to step up and raise the consciousness of both young women and men about standing up for one’s own dignity and the dignity of others; and to encourage deeper appreciation of the beauty, importance and the meaning of traditional songs and rhymes and the ways they can help a compassionate community. The songs and documentary that we compose along with the youth will be rooted in traditional songs forms. This is one of the best ways to create safe space for Liberian youth to start talking about sensitive and important issues, in the case of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Liberian Refugee Relief Organization in its conceptualization is also intended to give some hopes to the disadvantaged groups by giving them some of their lost hopes through the provision of some of their basic needs. Those pointedly in this suffering group include women, the elderly and children who deserve some immediate attention from humanitarian service providers. We have done some basic studies on this group and have noted that they need basic incentives that could help them augment the standards of their living conditions.

Liberian Refugee Relief Organization will provide good sanitation, means of sustenance; hire the services of psychiatrists with the hope that they would provide some counseling services to majority of our comrades who have been traumatized by long years of civil conflict, suffering from various diseases such as, malaria, diarrhea thyroid, fever, and Ebola in Liberia.

Liberian Refugee Relief Organization has thought it as a way of good gesture in trying to help our fellow human beings some of whom even live next door to us here in the United States. It will help to contribute immensely in the reconstruction process of our dilapidated homes, roads, clinics, hospitals, schools, and liaise with government and other non-governmental organizations in determining the processes of providing these means to our fellow Liberians and other social groups. The civil war left some deep scars on the entire population and those who were highly hit were women, children and the elderly, therefore, we have seen the need to assist the individuals in this group. The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization just reached an agreement to purchase a property in Liberia to be used as its headquarters. 

Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is a non-profit organization, legally registered and incorporated with 501 C (3) exempt status. The Liberian Refugee Relief will be responsible for the daily running and supervisory of the funds that will be provided.  It holds it as one of its objectives to follow organizational plans that will be very expansive and detailed.

One of such objectives of Liberia Refugee Relief Organization will be to organize programs that would be geared at promoting awareness among the entire Liberian population. As part of its mission, it will organize a program called “SAVE OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE” The Purpose of SAVE OUR CHILDREM”S FUTURE (SOCf) is to increase the awareness of available information and resources about health, job training, employment and education right here in America and back home in Liberia. This organization will provide information about Malaria, Ebola, Teen’s pregnancies, HIV/AIDS prevention, HIV testing, Breast cancer, Peer pressure, Family concerns, Youth at-risk, incarcerations and addiction. We will prepare students for GED, and teach them how to dress for job interviews, where to find employment and how to write resume. Liberia Refugee Organization will not only do what it has outlined here and elsewhere as its focus of attention, but also will provide other adequate and necessary information that would be helpful to the entire Liberian population

The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is excited about the works your Organization is doing within this community by motivating individuals for change through grants and other resources. Your Organization is saving lives in our community and our organization, The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is very grateful to your Organization and its staff members. When cultures join hands, there is strength and that is exactly what your organization is doing.

The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is excited about the works the Organization is doing within this community by motivating individuals for change through contribution, education and other resources. This Organization is saving lives in our community here in America and other communities in Liberia. The Liberian Refugee Relief Organization is very grateful to supporters, volunteers and its staff members recognizing what we can accomplish together. When cultures join hands, there is strength and that is exactly what our organization is doing.

Board Members

Andrew M. Wongeh,

President/Chairman

Rev. Jerry Kabah,

Vice President

Janathan Bgapeawea,

Secretary

Jamah Ndoma,

Treasurer

Nixon Zor

Vera Sungbah

Jesse Jallah