The charity arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, February 22, dedicated three newly constructed water pumps in the Kesselly Boulevard Community, Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.
The project aims to benefit residents of the Kesselly Boulevard area and those from neighboring communities.
In his dedicatory remarks, Elder Richard Miles reminded the inhabitants that the Latter Day Saints is the humanitarian service arm of the Church. He explained that one of their major goals is to provide access to clean water and to give sanitation training to the beneficiaries of the projects.
He reminded the residents that they are a church; not people from a non-governmental organization (NGO), and as such, the inhabitants should ensure that the hand pumps provided through the project are well taken care of.
According to Elder Miles, Liberians have had a hard time maintaining anything given to them as a charitable gift in the past. Based on his observation, he urged beneficiaries to become more self-reliant and sustainable through the maintenance of the hand pumps.
“As a small Church operating in this country, we think Liberians need to benefit from our humanitarian funds.” he explained.
Elder Miles re-emphasized that residents need to be self-reliant to impact their lives and environment.
He revealed that the Church of the Latter Day Saints had constructed over one hundred water pumps in Monrovia and its environs.
For his part, Montserrado County Electoral District #12 Representative, Richmond Anderson lauded the Latter Day Saints for the construction of the pumps.
The Montserrado lawmaker then assured the Latter Day Saints that the facilities would be used properly for their intended purposes.
The residents of District #12 have also expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Church of Latter Day Saints and Rep. Anderson for undertaking the projects.