The Checago Bright Foundation (CBF), a non-governmental organization, helping to restore basic social services to under-privileged people in several communities in Liberia, hasconstructed a hand pump in Wehn Town, Paynesville City.
The hand pump was dedicated over the weekend by the Mayor of Paynesville City, Cyvette Gibson.
Wehn Town is one of Paynesville’s densely populated communities. It is located around the Red-light commercial district and has a population of nearly 60,000 inhabitants, according to the community chairman of Wehn Town, Mr. Cyrus Sayeh.
Speaking to the Daily Observer at the dedicatory ceremony, the founder and chief executive officer of CBF, Checago Bright Sawo, said the initiative was meant to ensure that residents of the town get access to clean and safe drinking water.
“This initiative came about through a request from the people and leadership of Wehn Town to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). We learnt from the community peoplethat they lacked access to safe drinking water for a very long time. PCC then contacted our organization to come and provide them the assistance,” he said.
He added that they were informed that hand pumps constructed in the town few years back are all damaged.
“With more funding, we intend to construct more hand pumps in other areas of the community. However, we have constructed only one at the moment and are hoping to provide additional ones when funding is available,” he explained.
He said that some community members have been trained to properly maintain the facility.
Mr. Sawo further disclosed that his institution is working in four counties in Liberia constructing modern toilet, providing education opportunities, among others.
He named Bong, Montserrado, Bassa and Margibi Counties as places they have operations ongoing.
The CBF founder and CEO maintained they intend to undertake more projects in the country but funding was a serious constraint.
“We have challenges in undertaking these development projects in the country as we do not have all the resources needed. But many thanks to our supporters in making these works possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, PCC Mayor Gibson, who dedicated the hand pump, described the initiative as a welcomed gesture.
“We would like to thank the CBF for this great effort in helping our residents with clean drinking water,” she said.
She used the occasion to call on the residents to properly take care of the facility for the benefit of the community.
For his part, the community chairman, Mr. Sayeh said he and his people were very happy about the project carried out by CBF and the PCC.
He said the community is still in need of more hand pumps to satisfy the growing population of the community.
“We are appealing to the government and partners to help us with more hand pumps and toilet to improve the lives of our people, he concluded.