Vacation students attending the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) over the weekend dedicated a community latrine they renovated in the Soniwein Community. The project is part of the students’ community service program.
Anthony Kimba, who coordinated the project, said the vacation students decided to renovate the latrine because that was the students’ way of identifying with their respective communities.
Funding for the project was provided by the AME University and partners through which the students were able to purchase materials they used for the project.
Soniwein was selected due to its poor environmental condition particularly the lack of decent latrines.
“With these kinds of project, students recognized the suffering that ordinary Liberians who do not have the hands go through on a daily basis. Therefore students undertaking such a project will make poverty-stricken Liberians see the need to undertake projects in their respective communities in the near future,” Mr. Kimba said.
He said the student vocational program is based on the idea of transforming 12th graders from high school to college through standardized education activities.
The program provides opportunities for participating students to interact with motivational speakers that drive their ambition for a productive life in society; instils a sense of community ownership among the participants through the implementation of a community service project each year.
Kimba said 60 students are admitted into the vacation school on a merit- based process and it runs for four weeks with no cost, but the students are provided daily transportation stipends, lunch, etc.
In his remarks, Soniwein Block ‘D’ Deputy Community Chair, George Drow, expressed gratitude to the students for the renovation, which he said will go a long way.
“We have long been suffering due to the lack of a decent latrine, now you have given us one. We hope that this will not be the last as we need more help from you people, Mr. Drow said.