SOS Children’s Village Juah Town is located 40 km inland from Liberia’s third-largest city Buchanan, in Grand Bassa County. But the story of SOS Children’s Village Juah Town has been eventful, to say the least, and fraught with difficulty: we initially started our work here in 1989, but due to the civil crisis which intensified in the country’s interior, Juah Town was no longer safe and the children were evacuated.
As the result of the war, the village was damaged. In 2000, we were able to fully renovate all the buildings, and the first children move in. However, due to heavy fighting and the precarious situation in the region, the children’s village had to be evacuated once again in 2003. The children and SOS co-workers moved to the SOS Children’s Village in Monrovia, where they were safe until the end the end of the civil war.
Negotiations for a peace deal in Liberia began in 2003, and in 2005 democratic elections were held. SOS Children’s Village Juah Town once again opened its doors in 2005 and has been supporting the local community and vulnerable children in the region uninterruptedly since then.
Holistic and sustainable support for Children
Today, there is a great need for support for children globally and Grand Bassa County is no exception, children are as vulnerable as ever. Liberia’s unemployment and poverty rates have reached all-time high. Today’s children are at great risk of growing up to be a generation of impoverished citizens.
What we do in Juah Town
We provide Alternative care for children in Grand Bassa County who lost parental care or at risk of losing it. The children attend the SOS Kindergarten together with children from the neighbourhood and from the family strengthening programme. The children make friends and are integrated into the local community from a young age.
The children then go on to complete their primary and secondary education at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools in Juah Town. Over 300 pupils attend the schools, enabling many children to get education at a minimum cost.