Country Offices


YAI works in countries that have been impacted by war and are striving to rebuild.  These are places that have endured suffering and destruction, and when countries emerge from years of civil unrest, young people continue to struggle through the effects of carnage.  Thousands are traumatized by the general effects of war or from being used as child soldiers.  Entire education systems are ravaged, poverty is extremely high and young people find themselves unable to  find opportunities to sustain themselves. 

Postwar African countries bear the scars of historical conflicts that have left lasting impacts on societies, economies, and the lives of people. The remnants of these conflicts manifest in various ways including limited access to quality education, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, economic instability, and the absence of essential resources. 

Amid these challenges, education stands as a pivotal catalyst for change. YAI recognizes that empowering young minds with knowledge, skills, and the tools to navigate the digital era is essential for rewriting the narrative of postwar African countries. However internet connectivity and computer literacy is extremely low.   UNICEF estimates that only 5% of young people in Sierra Leone and 4% in Liberia are computer literate.  UNESCO reports that less than 2% of the population in both countries possess basic computer skills. This lack of digital literacy puts these young individuals at a disadvantage in an increasingly technology-driven global job market.

UNESCO Representative Jane Smith notes that “computer literacy is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Without the ability to navigate and utilize digital tools, the youth in Liberia and Sierra Leone are excluded from participating in the 21st-century economy.”

YAI’s country offices are based in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  In both countries the organization works to establish computer labs, promote digital literacy and empower youth with skills that transcend barriers and enable them to overcome adversity.



Liberia is a small West African country of about 5 million people. Established by freed American slaves in the 1847, the nation’s name itself signifies liberty. The capital, Monrovia, pays tribute to the United States’ fifth president, James Monroe, who supported the establishment of the colony. This historical connection endures in Liberia’s flag, which mirrors the colors and design of the American flag. However, the country’s journey has not been without its challenges.

The nation faced decades of internal conflicts, marked by a brutal civil war that spanned from 1989 to 2003. This period left scars that ran deep, impacting infrastructure, economy, and the social fabric of the nation. Despite the turmoil, Liberians demonstrated their tenacity by rebuilding their communities and institutions. The successful elections in 2005 marked a turning point, highlighting the nation’s commitment to democratic governance and stability.

Beyond its history and challenges, Liberia boasts stunning natural beauty. Lush rainforests, pristine beaches along the Atlantic coastline, and a diverse range of flora and fauna make Liberia a treasure trove for eco-tourism. The nation’s untapped mineral resources, including iron ore, diamonds, and gold, hold potential for economic growth and development.

Liberia’s people are known for their warmth and hospitality. The country’s diverse ethnic groups each contribute to a vibrant tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions. Music, dance, and oral storytelling are integral parts of Liberian culture, reflecting the nation’s deep-rooted connection to its heritage.

Liberia stands at a crossroads, poised to overcome the challenges of its past and shape a prosperous future. The nation’s journey of resilience is an inspiration to the world, reminding us that with determination, unity, and the right investments, even the most daunting obstacles can be surmounted. 


Sierra Leone is located in West Africa, with a population of a little more than 7 million people.  According to UNESCO, as of 2020 close to half of its population is under 15.

Similar to Liberia,  Sierra Leone was established as a colony for freed slaves in the 18th century, leading to a unique blend of indigenous cultures and African-American traditions. However, the latter half of the 20th century was marked by political instability and a brutal civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002 and led to tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about one-third of the population). Through it all, the people of Sierra Leone demonstrated their indomitable spirit by rebuilding their communities and working towards peace and stability.

Sierra Leone is a melting pot of cultures and languages, home to over a dozen distinct ethnic groups. This diversity is reflected in the nation’s vibrant traditions, art, music, and dance. The Krio language, a creole formed from English, African languages, and various other influences, serves as a unifying force among the people, fostering a strong sense of national identity.

Sierra Leone’s landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush rainforests to pristine beaches and the iconic “Lion Mountains.” Sierra Leone’s journey is one of renewal and transformation. In recent years, the country has made strides in areas such as healthcare and governance. International partnerships and aid play a vital role in supporting these efforts and fostering sustainable development.