Two schools for the deaf in Monrovia were recipients of a newly constructed water storage tank each, courtesy of the Total Dignity Institute (TDI).
Known as the Ebola-free Prevention and Care for Deaf Students (EPCADS) the tanks were funded by the United Nations Mission Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) under its Quick Impact Project.
According to officials of TDI, the funding for the tanks was provided by the United Nations Development Program in Liberia (UNDP) and was managed by the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences (MPCHS).
The schools are the Monrovia School for the Deaf (MSD) on Smyth Road run by the Church of Christ and Hope for the Deaf (United Methodist Church) Compound on 13th Street in Sinkor.
In separate remarks at the dedication, TDI Executive Director George Stewart recalled that during the Ebola crisis, Liberians largely depended on radio messages to learn and carry out preventive health measures.
“Regrettably,” Director Stewart said, “the deaf were left at the mercy of God, posterity and charitable organizations.”
As a result, Director Stewart said TDI officials made a strong case with UNMEER Quick Impact Project where stiff competition was organized among 400 local organizations.
He said following an intensive scrutiny of all proposed documents by UNMEER, 70 of the local organizations were selected and TDI presented the highest amount during and after the competitive bidding.
He thanked the administrators and supervisors for the provision of the spaces at their facilities for the construction of the water storage tanks for the deaf students of the two schools.
Director Stewart said since the TDI was established in Monrovia, hundreds of schools for the deaf continue to seek assistance from them.
In a brief statement, Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) secretary general Mrs. Suenah Sambola Flomo said the construction of the two water storage tanks is an important initiative to ensure the safety and health of the students.
Mrs. Flomo urged the beneficiaries and their school authorities to make good use of the water storage tanks.
Mrs. Flomo extended thanks and appreciation to UNMEER and UNDP for the provision of the funds to build the water tanks.
In separate remarks, the directors of the two schools, David Wolobah and Emmanuel Jacobson thanked TDI staff for the selection of the school to benefit from the water tank.
They commended UNMEER and UNDP for providing the funds for the construction of the two water storage tanks.