Liberian Development Foundation
|Key people||Nyan Korto, Executive Director
Vittoria Aiello, Project Manager
|Method(s)||Donations and Grants|
|Motto||Building a sustainable Liberia|
The Liberian Development Foundation (LDF), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization whose mission is to assist in the creation and funding of socio-economic and human development programs in Liberia.
The Liberian Development Foundation was founded in 1982, by the Catholic Society of African Mission to promote socio-economic and human development in Liberia. The country erupted into civil wars from 1989 to 2003 (First and Second Liberian Civil War). During this 14-year period, many Liberians were killed, brutally beaten, robbed, and raped. Liberia experienced all the ills of war. The war took the lives of approximately 250,000 Liberians and displaced about a million more. The economy crashed, and the political leaders turned to corruption. The war had a wide-range impact on the socio-economic lives of the youth of Liberia, especially ex-child soldiers, and forced a stop in the Foundation’s activities, until the Foundation came back to life in 2001 when Dr. Joseph Korto took the lead of the Foundation and started to gain the support of big donors, such as Montgomery County Public Schools and other institutions in Maryland. In 2005, Dr. Korto went back to Liberia and run for president in the first democratic elections of post-war Liberia. When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the elections, Dr. Korto was appointed minister of Education and took office in January 2006, leaving the Foundation to avoid a conflict of interests. In 2008 the leadership of the Foundation passed to Nyan Korto.
Since 2001 LDF has distributed thousands of donated computers, books and other school supplies to high schools and other educational institution across the country, including the University of Liberia. The computers donated to the University of Liberia were used to build the first computer lab in the history of this university.
- "The Liberian Development Foundation initiates major relief campaign for war torn Liberia". PRWeb. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "MCPS computers help Liberia progress after 14 years of war". The Bulletin. 2007-02-26. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "Liberian Development Foundation successfully distributes donated computers to the University of Liberia". PRWeb. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Mulbah, Nathan (2007-12-11). "More Computers Arrive for Capacity-building". Liberian Observer. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-07-07.