At Esade International we wanted to do more to support charities but wanted to understand the difference we were making, so with your help, here's what we did and what we will be doing in the future...

Project 2009/10

Save the Children in Liberia

Save the Children has been working in Liberia since 1991. Since the end of the war, we have reunited over 6,000 children associated with fighting forces with their families. We have helped thousands of children get back to school or learn life skills, as well as helping them and their families to access quality healthcare and psychosocial support to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

The situation for children in Liberia

  • Liberia is still recovering from 14 years of civil war, which ended in 2003.
  • In Liberia one in every 9 children dies before their 5th birthday.
  • Less than 10% of people in Liberia are accessing basic healthcare.
  • One in every 100 mothers will die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • 40% of child deaths occur within the first couple of weeks of life.
  • 70% of child deaths are from preventable and treatable causes.
  • Many children are still traumatised by their experiences, and without education or vital life skills, children and teenagers are struggling to recover and look forward to a hopeful future.

Josephine, 37, with her daughter Rebecca, one. Josephine lives with her husband and three children in Kingsville, Liberia:

"I have had five children who died and now I have three living. Two died from tetanus. It might have been because they used a razor when I gave birth. I delivered here in my house on the floor. I didn't have any painkillers or medicine. No one was there to help me during my pregnancy. No one came after to check on me and the baby.

Kingsville Clinic - A Life Saving Project!!

In Kingsville, a slum town just outside the capital, Monrovia, children are especially vulnerable, there is just one under equipped clinic to support a population of 22,000 people. The clinic is desperately in need of drugs, beds and medical equipment and staff lack the training they need to deliver quality care. There's no water supply in the clinic for doctors to wash their hands and equipment to ensure a hygienic environment, leaving mothers and children at huge risk of infection. The maternity unit is especially in need of investment, as one in every 100 mothers will die during pregnancy or childbirth and 40% of child deaths occur in the first few weeks of life.

How can we help??
Together we are going to re-build this clinic so it can become the safe and secure environment any new mum or child should expect during childbirth and beyond...

Every time we make a placement we will once again be asking both the company and the candidate to choose an item from the Kingsville Clinic Shopping List. Esade International will then purchase both gifts through Save the Children on your behalf as a thank you for working with us, additionally you will receive a certificate from Save the Children showing that you have been involved in saving lives...

What could be more important than saving a child's life??