AKI Partner Organization-Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society (LAWCS)
As of September 17, Liberia has had 1,327 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 82 deaths. LAWCS reports that life in Liberia is starting to return to normal but with a lot of ongoing awareness raising about the virus and with safeguards in place. 6th and 9th graders are back in school because they will be taking the national exam, but no other grades have resumed in-school classes. The LAWCS Animal Care Clinic has remained open throughout the pandemic; LAWCS Humane Ed staff have been working with school children-but outside of school, and with communities, but in much smaller gatherings.
AKI's Partnership with Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society
LAWCS started in 2004 when the founder, Morris Darbo (picture above, in the middle), and some other concerned animal lovers in Lofa County, Liberia, began to campaign about the lack of care of domestic animals, especially cats and dogs.
By 2004, the number of dogs on the streets in Liberia's cities and towns had increased at an alarming rate, with most Liberians referring to the dogs jokingly as "citizens." Street dogs and cats were abused, were hungry and sick.
Liberia suffered years of exceptionally violent and traumatic civil war. The country is still recovering. Liberia not only faces rampant animal abuse and abject poverty, the younger generation, because of the country’s traumas, is exhibiting dysfunctional behaviors. LAWCS is committed to Liberia’s recovery with a clear message of non-violence, character building, ending animal suffering and creating a just, caring, and socially responsible society.
LAWCS also holds Community Animal Care Clinics, offering free, basic animal care in Lofa County, where there is no other vet care. As a matter of fact, the only small animal vet in Liberia is hours away, in Monrovia! LAWCS volunteer, Abraham, received training to become a community animal healthcare worker, and vaccinates, de-worms, and provides other basic pet care.
After helping (advice, technical support, and visiting LAWCS, taking part in their Humane Ed and basic animal care clinics) over a 2-year period starting in 2013, we at AKI knew we wanted to contribute more to the work they're doing and to help them financially. So we made LAWCS an AKI Partner Organization in January 2016.
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Photos above: Community Animal Care Clinics; the LAWCS Team at their Voinjama office, showing Humane Education material donated through AKI; Hajja, the LAWCS financial officer