Liberia 2013


 Every year Oxfam Water Week raises money to support water and sanitation projects around the world. In 2014 Water Week supported projects in Liberia, where over 80 per cent of people live on less than $1.25 a day and one third of the population is undernourished. Although it is ten years since peace returned, the agriculture sector, and the roads and services that support it, remain devastated after 14 years of civil war.

Oxfam Water Week

Money raised through this project has helped to:

  • Get 700 acres of irrigated lowland is ready for rice cultivation, supporting 1,015 farmers to increase their incomes and feed their families.
  • 910 farmers have planted high-yielding rice crops and received training in irrigation farming to increase their yearly harvests from one to three and improve their yields at the same time.
  • Construct a concrete dam and four earth dams to store water, plus canals to irrigate the fields year round.

Kieran Doherty

''Each time I harvest my rice and look at what I have, I start dancing and my mother laughs at me. Life for me now is okay, with the help of Oxfam and its partners. I just want to say a big thank you to all of you that are doing this work.''

Sophie Gaye