Hand Pump for Malangai Residents

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On Saturday July 4, citizens of the remote village of Malangai in Zota District, Bong County celebrated the arrival of safe drinking water in their community.
The more than one thousand inhabitants of this farming community just on the edge of the Guinea border had fetched water from muddy, infested ponds and other shallow water holes since its 50 years of existence until recently when Mission to Liberia, a US based charity, came to their rescue with the construction of a hand pump.
The group’s intervention followed a publication in the Daily Observer newspaper on the deprivation of safe drinking water that the people of Malangai have endured for decades.
Prior to the recent construction of the hand pump, water related diseases topped illnesses that affected residents of the community. Also a major hardship faced by Malangai residents was the long distance they had to travel to fetch water putting at risk children and women who are the water carriers for their families.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony, Mr. David Fenkpolo, who implemented the project for Mission to Liberia, outlined the group’s contribution to Liberia’s development in rural communities.
Mr. Fenkpolo stated that his organization has been involved with the construction of hand pumps as well as contributing significantly to the education sector of Liberia. He recounted the donation of a consignment of text books to the Cuttington University as well as secondary schools in the county.
The dedication of the hand pump was celebrated by the locals who praised Mission to Liberia with traditional songs of appreciation and redemption.
Town Chief Victor Juah took the lead to voice his appreciation to the American charity for bringing them life through the provision of a hand pump that would provide them safe drinking water.
“Our people will never forget Mission to Liberia family for the work you have done for us,” Chief Juah said.
He said the people of Malangai will ensure that the hand pump is used for the intended purpose and measures were already in place for its maintenance.
After decades of drinking infested, muddy water Malangai residents can now enjoy the taste of safe, clean drinking water.
Residents confident that with the hand pump in the community, they will begin to experience better health, void of water-borne diseases.
The Daily Observer gathered that like Malangai before its hand pump arrived, there are many rural communities across Bong County that do not have access to safe drinking water.

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