Project information

Liberia: From Slums to Success

Our Slums to Success appeal focuses on our innovative work with young people to provide clean water and sanitation and create youth/household income for 6,000 people – focusing particularly on two major slum communities in Monrovia.

July 2015 - July 2018

Charity information: Y Care International

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  • Need


    Young people in Liberia have grown up in a country scarred by civil war. The conflict, which ended in 2003, claimed the lives of over 200,000 people and destroyed most of the country’s infrastructure.

    Around 70-80% of young people are under or unemployed, and almost one in five of all deaths in Liberia are caused by waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea. There is an urgent need to improve livelihoods of slum dwellers and to improve water and sanitation facilities.


    This project will contribute to the significant improvement in the lives of 6000 slum dwellers (particularly women and young people) in two slum communities in Monrovia, Liberia. Slum dwellers will gain increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation and receive training and support to establish small businesses. They will benefit from increased access to savings and credit groups, DRR activities, and be mobilised to become active change agents in their communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in two slum communities


    » Access to improved water supply, sanitation and health status for around 6000 slum dwellers through the construction of water points and latrines.

    Construction and installation of 4 new water points and 4 latrine blocks with 20 public toilets and effective waste disposal. Hygiene training for slum dwellers

  • Impact


    At least 6000 people will be using water from protected facilities and practicing methods of purifying drinking water. Reduced death and illness from water-borne diseases, improved education and understanding of good hygiene practices will result in longer-term sustainable improvements in the numbers of people falling ill. Improved education and employment prospects through better health.


    The main risks come with the capacity of local project partners on the ground who are helping with implementation of the project. However, these are long-term partners with whom we have strong relationships and long experience of delivering collaborative project work so we would not anticipate any major issues. We have identified further project partners that we can work with if necessary.


    We are used to reporting back on impact and effectiveness through project updates including comprehensive monitoring and evaluation methods that meet the requirements of major institutional donors such as DfID and Comic Relief.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,973

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,551 Water Points Construction and installation of 4 water points
      £13,103 Latrine Blocks Construction and installation of 4 latrine blocks
      £6,319 Hygiene Training Training and support of health and hygiene peer educators
  • Background


    West Point and Clara Town are huge slum settlements in the capital Monrovia.


    The slum areas are some of the most deprived and poverty stricken in Liberia. Specific beneficiaries of this project will be:
    1 - Young women and their families including female-headed households and teenage mothers (at least 75% aged 15-24)
    2 – Young men and their families living in slums, including ex-combatants. (at least 75% aged 15-24)
    3 – Families living in slums with little access to water and sanitation
    4 – Women petty traders/income earners living in extreme poverty

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project is informed by three decades of YCI experience working with vulnerable young women and men and YCI’s Theory of Change (ToC), which recognises young people face a complex and interlinked set of challenges preventing them from achieving their potential. YCI’s ToC (reinforced by our successful slums programme in Freetown, Sierra Leone) means we are ideally placed to deliver the most effective and sustainable outcomes for this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dylan Matthews

    Director of International Programmes overseeing projects in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America