The Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann has disclosed plans by EU to fund water project for 529 schools in nine counties.
Ambassador Intelmann made the disclosure during a tour with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the C.D.B. King Memorial High School where Liberia’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) schools was launched.
The EU Ambassador, who had earlier asked the Liberian government to identify priority areas in the post-Ebola crisis for assistance disclosed that for EU to contribute to the recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the European Union has established the regional fund under the name, “A West African Response to Ebola (AWARE).”
Under this program, the Ambassador indicated EU’s support to WASH in schools contributes to government’s efforts in reopening schools and a minimum requirement to enable schools to reopen.
Making the commitment, Ambassador Intelmann said, “By the end of 2015, 529 schools across nine counties of Liberia will have water through EU funding.”
According to her, EU has awarded five grants to non-governmental organizations with expertise in WASH for action on behalf of EU.
The non-governmental institutions concerned include Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Concern Worldwide, Plan Nederland, Save the Children Nederland and Oxfam GB.
Counties in which schools will benefit are Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Bong.
Ms. Intelmann intoned that the objective for “EU Support to Promote Access to Safe Water in Schools in Liberia” is to ensure that there is access to clean water in the schools and mobilizing communities, promoting hygiene awareness and proper use of the established infrastructures.
The project will consider the constructions of new wells and boreholes in schools, that currently have no access to water and the existing infrastructures will be repaired; some NGOs will complement the construction of wells and boreholes with minor repairs of latrines and/or set up hand washing units.
Schools and communities will also be targeted for hygiene awareness activities. Training will be offered on the use and basic maintenance of the WASH infrastructures and each school will receive repair kits.