Liberia is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to the west, Guinea to the north, Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) to the east, and the North Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Liberia was devastated by fourteen years of civil war which ended in 2003. An estimated 250,000 people were killed, thousands more were displaced, and much of the infrastructure and economy was destroyed. The country is slowly rebuilding, but poverty levels are still high and many Liberians do not have access to basic services and regular employment.
Buchanan – where Help Liberia Foundation Community School is located – is a port city on the North Atlantic coast 70 miles/113 km southeast of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. It is the third largest city in the country with a population of about 34,000 people (2008 census).
It is the capital of Grand Bassa County, one of the fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia. The main ethnic group are the Bassa people, the second largest tribal group in the country.
Buchanan was one of the great industrial cities of pre-war Liberia. Although life is still difficult for many of its residents, things are gradually improving as local businesses and international companies return to the city.