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The Liberia Child Soldiers Program is the first of its kind launched by The Liberia Coalition Project. The Liberia Coalition Project is an Intervention, Prevention and Intensive Rehabilitation Residential program for "Child Soldiers" and children affected by the trauma of the civil war in Liberia, who, when given comprehensive support to insure their healthy personal development and rehabilitation have an increased possibility of being a community asset and accepted into Liberian society.

The program is run by a core group of professional Liberians with extensive experience in running, among others, United Way Agencies that address problems similar to the Liberian problem. The goal of the Liberia Coalition Project is to provide the on going leadership, direction and support that is often lacking for "exploited and at risk" children/young adults and their families during their most difficult years of development.

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• Did you know that there are about 20, 000 child soldiers in Liberia?

• Did you know that about 10% (2000) off all child soldiers are girls?

• Did you know that these kids were in most cases abducted, armed and sent on the frontline of combat?

• Did you know that all, if not most of these children were forced to serve as sex slaves and/or laborers for warlords and fellow children combatants?

• Did you know that survey conducted prior to the wars indicates that 80% of the Liberian population lives below the poverty line? Did you also know that an estimated 35% of the populations are undernourished, and 25% of the population have access to safe water?

• Did you also know that the literacy rate in Liberia is generously estimated at 30%?

• Did you also know that unemployment in Liberia is at 85%?

March 11 , 2004
The Fact Finding Trip to Liberia

December 14, 2004
Medical supplies and equipment for the program are shipped out of the port of Miami, and are scheduled to arrive in Monrovia on January 30, 2005.

December 23, 2004
The Liberia Child Soldiers Project is proud to announce the official launch of its program and website.

January 19-21, 2005
The Liberia Child Soldiers Program officials will meet with Congressman Donald Payne in Newark, New Jersey. The delegation then will travel to Washington D.C. to coordinate the order of meetings with: Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, Sen. Paul Sarbanes of Maryland and Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida respectively.

January 22, 2005
The Liberia Child Soldiers delegation returns to Florida.

January 28, 2005
The first group of Liberia Child Soldiers Program staff departs Miami for Liberia. The Paynesville site is scheduled to be dedicated February 15, 2005.

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