The Chief of Party (COP) of the infamous World Council Credit Union (WCCU), Patrick Muriuki, has underscored the importance of a clean water supply to all communities across Africa.
Mr. Muriuki’s comment was contained in speech he delivered recently at a ceremony marking the official launch of Liberian Village Water and Sanitation training program Held in Bellemue Town, Panta District, Bong county-central Liberia.
The program was launched under the theme, “Water is Life.”
The ceremony was held in partnership with the RC Gridley – USA, Rotary Club Sinkor, and the Liberian Children’s school project in collaboration with the Bong County Health Team.
According to Mr. Muriuki, the launch of the project gave him great pleasure. He said to be with residents of the district and to join hands with the Rotary Club International in addressing the challenges facing water and sanitation was a good way to serve his country.
He said that challenges affecting the water sector affected all Liberians irrespective of status.
“We all know that access to clean drinking water has been our dream for many years. When we drink unsafe water we get sick and have no energy to attend to our day to day duties or take care of our families,” Mr. Muriuki said.
The Liberian Villages Water and Sanitation program will begin drilling wells as deep as 100 feet in areas with clean water.
Mr. Muriuki said he believes this would make sure that anyone who drinks water from the new bore holes would not get sick, “because when we get sick, we will not have the strength to go to the farm.”
During the launch, the participants were taught proper sanitation practices such as washing hands with soap before meals so that they would remain protected from water-borne diseases. The program also witnessed the installation of a new pump.
To maintain the pump installations, every house will contribute L$5 per month.
Meanwhile, Mr. Muriuki has called upon other like-minded groups, such as the WCCU and other institutions or individuals to follow the example of Rotary International and support programs that improve the livelihood of rural dwellers.