Funded by Starbucks Shared Plant Youth Action Grant Program, the project empowers 35 war-affected Liberian youth to engage in agricultural farming in rural Liberia. This enables them support themselves and pursue a formal education. The project focuses on the production and sales of swarm rice and poultry products. In addition, PCO provides post traumatic counseling, literacy and numeric skills, as well as peace education to enable young people to gain a trade and to nurture peaceful, responsible and productive behavior.
The project aims to address the issues of severe economic hardships, dependency, and hopelessness among war affected youth in Liberia due to inadequate resources, limited vocational skills, rehabilitation, and lack of employment opportunities. Specifically, the project allows participants to become economically self reliant, agents of peace; better positioned to rebuild their lives and actively participate in the reconstruction of their country after decades of civil war.
The testing phase of this project was carriedout in Maimu, Bong County. Presently, PCO is working with youth in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in Southeastern Liberia
Click here to see photos from recent workshops, the rice fields, and the township of Maimu.