The Defense for Children International-Liberia (DCI)-Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Care for Humanity Inc (LICH), has completed a ten room latrine project, with a capacity building component in the Trowien and New Kru Town communities on Bushrod Island.
The Program Supervisor, Jannie T. Barclay told reporters recently in New Kru Town that the project is meant to benefit the youth of Trowien Community and adjoining areas.
Mrs. Barclay said the youth were able to identify four main issues with the pilot project, including the renovation of the public latrine, cleaning of the drainage that was used for solid and liquid waste, empty land space used for garbage and a school yard.
She said with the ongoing project, the youth of Trowien Community and New Kru Town are direct beneficiaries, who are also expected to benefit from the second phase of the project.
“We put together 10 youth groups together from the above-mentioned communities to implement the project. We were able to build the minds of the youth in what we called ‘communication for development,’ including indentifying key issues within the community,” she said.
“This facility has ten rooms. We are also fixing the septic tank and other components of the latrine. The renovation of the latrine has to do with a child protection component and a WASH component because the tank was demolished while the water from the tank was spreading in the community.
“We are implementing a pilot project where Liberia Care for Humanity, Inc (LICH) carryout the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) component of the project, while Defense for Children International (DCI)-Liberia is carrying on the issue of child protection.”
She added that because this was a pilot project, both organizations were unable to intervene on the four main issues identified by the youth but through the ranking of the issues identified the major ones, which were completed.
Also speaking, the Program Manager of Defense for Children International-Liberia, Robert Konneh, said they have been working in advocating for children and creating space in the two communities.
Mr. Konneh said the project will benefit a little over 10, 000 people in and around the area.
To help the youth after the completion of the renovation, he said they negotiated for the youth to play a part in the maintenance of the latrine; which was accepted, and they are now working at it.
“The youth will also be provided L$5,000, which will be placed in the account of the youth. The renovation of the latrines valued over US$1, 000,” he said.