The United States – Approximately 250,000 to 500,000 Liberians residing in the United States have consistently provided financial support to Liberia. Although in July, Liberians in the Diaspora threatened to suspend remittances to Liberia if the government of Liberia implemented a plan to dramatically change the rate of exchange of remittances from 75% United States Dollars to 100% Liberian Dollars.
A previous World Bank report showed that Liberians in the US sent roughly $ 433 million to friends and family in Liberia representing 76% of national budget. Reportedly, prior to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Liberians in the Diaspora remittances declined.
However, due to the expected hardship that Liberians will endure if the virus hits Liberia similar to other developed countries, Liberian organizations in the US, generally, headed by women are amplifying their support for women and children in Liberia even though they are also affected by pandemic. Many Liberians in the US are experiencing hardship including the loss of jobs, and the inability to attend social gathering (funeral, wedding, visitations).