Liberia is situated on the west coast of Africa, bordering Guinea, Sierra Leone and the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia has a mix of tropical climates. Along the southeastern coastal areas the tropical rainforest climate dominates, while in the northwest and inland there is mainly a tropical monsoon climate. The highest regions have a tropical savanna climate. Liberia is approximately three times the size of the Netherlands (or approximately the size of Tennessee) . The country consists largely of tropical rain forest and is blessed with phosphorus-rich soil, ideal for the cultivation of various crops, fruits and grains. The country is also richly endowed with minerals such as iron ore, diamonds and gold.


Liberia's natural resources could make the country self-reliant. But unfortunately the reality is that Liberia is one of the world's poorest countries. The country imports food to feed its population. The few local industries exporting iron ore, rubber, palmetto and timber, are mainly foreign-owned. In addition, the precarious security that emerged after the civil war of the 90s, along with corruption, high unemployment, poverty, land disputes and violent crime, still remains a threat to the socio-political and economic stability.

Social reality

In a community where almost everyone has experienced war and is faced with the consequences on a daily basis, it is difficult to find people who really want to work to make progress to benefit the greater good. Why work when there are NGOs that care for you? Why think about a future that you do not have? And why deal fairly when you can make good money from corruption? 
This is the social reality and the situation which Mineke Foundation hopes to positively impact in the long term through her work.

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