Safe Home Children's Village - Flehla Town/Liberia
Date of birth: Sept. 12, 2006
Country of origin: Liberia
General Health of Child: Normal
Description: Jerry lost both parents and left in the care of Meatta, his old grandmother. His father died earlier, but his mother died immediately after giving birth to him.
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About Safe Home children's Village
Safe Home Village was established by Church of Christ evangelist John Travis in 2004 with the help and support of small group of Christian couples that were all young married couples in Kansas City in the 1980's. This group started a non-profit that partnered with Safe Home Founder John Travis following an introduction by Ron Pottberg, a representative of World Bible School who had known Mr. Travis for some time.
Liberia is a country with a very storied past in that the Republic, which was established in 1847, came to be as the result of slaves who were freed from the U.S. and resettled there in 1822. Liberia is a largely Christian nation with 85.6% being believers in Christ.
Many years of war and the more recent Ebola outbreak has left the infrastructure and economy of Liberia in shambles. That in turn has led to an unemployment rate of 85% and nearly 7 in 10 people living in poverty.
To compound the problems even more, a high fertility rate of 5 children per woman and an already predominantly youthful population of 60% under the age of 25, has led to a very high dependence rate.
Like most countries in poverty, the children there suffer the most. Disease and war have stolen their parents and many suffer unthinkable circumstances as they struggle to survive without parental care.
The young females there are particularly at risk for sexual abuse, trafficking and FGC.