Where we serve
Why Liberia? 68% of Liberians live in poverty on less than $1 a day. 35% of the country is malnourished, with the children being mostly affected. 61% of Liberians have access to safe drinking water. Running water and electricity are non-existent for a majority of the population. According to UNICEF more than 250,000 Liberian orphans lost their parents in the war to illness or other causes. Access to quality healthcare is very limited for most Liberians, especially in rural communities like River Gee County. Lack of healthcare, malnutrition, and lack of proper sewer systems turns common and preventable diseases fatal. The education system in Liberia was greatly affected during the war. About 50% of the population is considered literate. For the children that are able to attend school the quality of education is often lacking.
It is our heartbeat to love on the marginalized in society. To care for the widowed, the orphaned, the elderly, the disabled, the hurting, the oppressed, and the lost. We want to bring to light the plight of the Liberian people and to show the world a country and a people who are genuine, loving, warm, determined, faithful, and persevering. We love Liberia and everything about it. It is not our desire to aid and handout but rather to love and build lasting relationships and friendships. We want to give every Liberian we serve an opportunity at a quality of life they so justly deserve.
As an organization we will follow our mission of defending the fatherless, building community, and loving like Jesus by:
- Partnering with local churches, businesses, and individuals in the USA to increase opportunities in Liberia to serve communities, churches, families, orphans, widows, and the disenfranchised in the Liberian society.
- Empowering our local Liberian staff to impact their community in a tremendous way through our End Ebola Awareness Campaign, Widow Outreach Ministries, and Food Distribution Programs.
- Partnering with other non-profits in Liberia to not only combine our resources and further our reach but to build lasting relationships that will benefit the Liberian people.
- Create and implement sustainable and economical plans to improve the quality of life with the people we serve.
- Provide state-side volunteer opportunities and short-term mission trips to Liberia for passionate individuals who would like to make a difference locally and/or globally.
The Beginning of CHAP International: In 2002 CHAP International Founder Stan Weaver visited Liberia, West Africa for the very first time. What he witnessed was a nation in the midst of consecutive civil wars lasting a total of 14 years! A people torn apart, desperate and hurting. Stan vowed to never step foot in Liberia again but God had far greater plans. Stan along with his wife Tina and Pastor Sackie Kwalalon started CHAP International to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Liberia. CHAP International continues to work alongside the Liberian people to restore this beautiful country to what it once was. To show people the beauty, redemption, compassion, and love of Christ.