Project #308 | Integrating Climate Action and Mental Health in Liberia
Our partnership with Restore Hope Liberia
Trauma is widespread throughout the Liberia: the result of multiple civil wars, the largest Ebola epidemic in history, and pervasive gender-based violence. In recent years, the impact of climate change on Liberians who depend on agriculture and forestry is further fueling a mental health crisis. Yet with an estimated 40% of Liberians experiencing post-traumatic stress and/or a major depressive disorder, fewer than 1% have access to mental health services. Women suffer the worst from trauma and depression, but have few options to receive support or take action to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change in their communities.
One Day’s Wages is partnering with Restore Hope Liberia (RHL) to provide mental health services for women and to create climate-adapted livelihood opportunities in Kolahun District. Drawing on RHL’s proven model of Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy, our partnership will expand mental health services into 27 new communities with the goal of reducing the prevalence and severity of depression. Alongside mental health services, a Community Food Forest is being established to mitigate the effects of climate change, showcase indigenous methods of climate-adapted food production, and offer a restorative setting for group therapy sessions.
WOMEN WILL COMPLETE 12 WEEKS OF GROUP THERAPY
FARMERS WILL PLAN, PLANT & MAINTAIN THE FOOD FOREST
MULTI-USE TREES WILL BE PLANTED IN THE FOOD FOREST
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to the fund below.