RESPECT Liberia was established by a group of Liberian development practitioners and community development activists who upon returning to Liberia from Ghana as refugees decided to continue their work to promote and enhance the post-war human and infrastructural development of Liberia.
RESPECT Liberia is a non-governmental organization and an associate member of RESPECT Internationa networks of organizations. The idea to establish RESPECT Liberia quickly evolved as the founding members made the decision to return to Liberia from Ghana where were refugees and were actively involved in leadership roles at RESPECT Ghana. As members of RESPECT Ghana voluntarily repatriated to Liberia, RESPECT Liberia became the haven Liberian returnees and quickly facilitated local the re-integration and rehabilitation of community members. It wasn’t an easy task during the initial phase of the establishment of RESPECT Liberia as the core members voluntarily contributed resources to enhance the cause of the organization.
As members of RESPECT Ghana voluntarily repatriated to Liberia, RESPECT Liberia became the haven Liberian returnees and quickly facilitated local the re-integration and rehabilitation of community members. It wasn’t an easy task during the initial phase of the establishment of RESPECT Liberia as the core members voluntarily contributed resources to enhance the cause of the organization.
During the initial phase of the establishment of RESPECT Liberia, the organization heavily relied on volunteers and voluntary contributions from local and international individuals and partners for programs planning, implementation, and evaluation. That quickly changed over the years due to the hardworking relationships and commitment of both the national and international team of RESPECT Liberia, RESPECT Ghana and RESPECT International.
As the years unfolded, RESPECT Liberia became known domestically and internationally, RESPECT Liberia transformed into an active non-governmental organization that does not only promote and encourage local partnership for development through volunteerism but also established significant working relationships with local and international partners through Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) to foster and enhance post-war development, reconstruction, rehabilitation, reconciliation, and peace through participatory development, community planning, social justice and democracy in Liberia. RESPECT Liberia is also actively involve in programs which seek to enhance the private sector through education and cultural exchanges, gender equality, sustainability, youth development, and community health education.
During the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Western Africa mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea along with other countries in the sub-region, RESPECT Liberia partnered with Mercy Corps through a grant awarded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead the post-ebola community engagement platform to promote educational awareness to prevent any subsequant outbreak of the virus. Under the grant, RESPECT Liberia was the lead organization responsible for all educational aspect as well as community planning and engagement.
RESPECT Liberia has its administrative office in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, which is located in the Southeastern region of Liberia but operates in other counties as well. A sub-office is also located in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. RESPECT Liberia is one of the active organizations working to bring about a peaceful transition during and after the general elections through active community mobilization, peace, reconciliation, participation, and democracy. RESPECT Liberia is not affiliated with any political or religious organization.
RESPECT Liberia as with other members organizations of the RESPECT International networks of organizations is a non-political, non-religious and non-sectarian organization with the sole purpose of creating cross-cultural dialogue through grass-roots organizing and engagement, community action planning and participation, applied and action research for transformative change and the promotion of socioeconomic development.