Refugees bring valuable skills and experiences into their new communities, but often face barriers in putting these skills to use. Restrictive laws may prohibit them from working, and language or cultural barriers can prevent them from earning an income. Some refugees also struggle with mental and physical health issues stemming from war and persecution. These challenges can hinder their ability to thrive in their new countries. Amidst all the challenges, AIRD is committed to helping refugees overcome these barriers by providing a lasting impact on people’s lives through giving them the tools and training required to succeed. In AIRD’s Liberia program in 2019, trainings were provided to 508 individuals (319 in Bahn Settlement and 189 in Little Wlebo Settlement) in small business skills management. In AIRD’s Liberia program in 2019, trainings were provided to 508 individuals (319 in Bahn Settlement and 189 in Little Wlebo Settlement) in small business skills management. 60% of cash assistance at the beginning of project and 40% of assistance given in two months after starting income generating activities that yielded good profits at the end of the year. To grow the refugees’ knowledge in vocational skills, a total of 153 individuals were registered and trained in Soap Making, Tie and Dye, Pastry Making, Hair Dressing and Interior Decoration in the settlement camps of Saclepea and Bahn. Of these, 133 (87%) have graduated and 20 trainees (13%) were repatriated before completion of training. 87% of refugees who attended training graduated with certificates.
Tche Marthias Bonhi, an Ivorian refugee living in PTP settlement, harvesting eggplant planted on 2 acres- Liberia