In late 2015, Community Healthcare Initiative received support from ActionAid Liberia to implement post Ebola project in order to promote resilience and recovery considering the devastating impacts of Ebola on the socio and economic wellbeing of affected communities in Liberia. The project provided Psychosocial Support to communities that were affected by the Ebola outbreak through a women group initiative. The first phase of the project provided a space for identification of communities and individual who were highly affected by the EVD through a need assessment and community mobilization, during this time, 15 communities resulting from 9 districts within Gbarpolu, Cape Mount and Bomi Counties respectfully were identified to benefit from the PSS Livelihood project. The table below outlined the various Counties and its selected communities that benefited from the PSS Livelihood project:
Guyans Town, Gbarquoita, Tortoquelleh, and Bopolu City
Yomo Town, Parker Town, Gbarma and Yangaya
Sass Town, Cooper Town and Tubmanburg
Grand Cape Mount
Bo-Waterside, Tienii and Sinje
Within each community, a women group structure was set-up to supervise the Livelihood project. Each community women group comprises 15 women who happened to be women leaders from existing structures in their communities and directly affected women from the Ebola crisis, bringing the total of 225 women who are currently benefiting from the Livelihood project in the above mentioned Counties.
During the need assessment of the Psychosocial Support project, a consultative meeting was carried out to gathered views from community people on the impacts of Ebola on their livelihood and what was needed to help them regain their previous livelihood? However, suggested community solutions vary. Out of the fifteen communities, two communities said they wanted to do Tailoring, one community said they wanted to do Village Saving Loan Association and the rest of the communities suggested Soap Making as a way of regaining their previous livelihood. The table below indicates the various communities and its ongoing livelihood activities: