A Liberian-based NGO, Higher Ground International (HGI), working to improve rural communities, has begun the construction of hand pump and sanitation facilities in Arthington, Lower Montserrado County.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 21 in Arthington, the founder and chief executive officer of HGI, Madam Henrietta White Holder said that the initiative is meant to restore dignity in the lives of rural community residents.
“The projects in Arthington are intended to improve the living conditions of the residents after being affected by the civil crisis in Liberia. This is in fulfillment of a dream that we conceived few years ago while in the United States to come back and help our fellow citizens,” she explained.
She said that about 10 communities in Arthington that are lacking safe drinking water and sanitation are expected to benefit.
“At the moment, we have constructed hand pumps and toilets in three of the communities and with more funding we intend to expand,” she further said.
Madam Holder disclosed that, they are expected to embark on an agricultural program in Arthington, upon the completion of the hand pump and sanitation projects.
“We have a 150 acres of land earmarked for crop production to create economic opportunities for many residents in the communities. Farmers will be supported in growing crop to raise income,” she said.
She said the agricultural project will initially target more than 100 farmers.
According to her the program will seek to create processing facility for crop like cassava, adding that the processing house has already been constructed.
Madam Holder, however, mentioned transportation difficulties and funding as some challenges confronting their developmental initiatives.
Meanwhile, the HGI founder told our reporter that they intend to launch their developmental activities in Arthington this week.
She said the program is expected to bring together government officials and some members of political parties.
According to her Peace Ambassador George Weah is expected to launch the program.
At the same time, residents of Arthington have described the initiative of HGI as a welcoming development.
The Artington residents said that that for a very long time, they have lacked safe drinking water and sanitation.
The City Mayor of Arthington, Genius White, who also added his impression on the HGI’ initiatives said that the development was timely.
“The residents of our city do not have access to safe drinking water. Many times, we drink from the creek which is not safe. Therefore, we are very thankful for the undertaken of the HGI,” he told this paper in his office on Wednesday.