-Turns over WASH facilities, other projects in flood-prone communities
The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has ended a Japanese funded disaster management project that provided assistance to scores of flood victims in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.
The LNRCS, under the project, “Enhancing Response and Recovery Capacity and Support to the Population Affected by Flood,” turned over projects, including hand pumps and latrines to disaster affected communities.
Through the project, the LNRCS reached out to over 15,000 flood victims with modern WASH facilities, essential food and non-food items, livelihood psycho social support and other disaster relief items in 30 flood affected communities.
At the climax of the project, which lasted for about a year, the LNRCS and its partners held separate ceremonies in Kartoe, Montserrado and Sand-Town, Margibi Counties, where the facilities were officially turned over to the residents.
LNRCS secretary general, Madam Saybah Tamba, lauded the Japanese Government for helping the flood victims.
“We saw the challenges you were faced with and therefore, we thought to intervene. We want to thank our partners, including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) for the help,” Mrs. Tamba said.
She urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities, noting, “maintenance is critical to the durability of every facility.”
Madam Tamba informed the residents that those facilities are not assigned to the town chief, or any specific household, but the entire residents.
The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in June, 2016, indicated that flood affected 15,431 people from 49 communities in those two counties.
Water sources were contaminated thereby giving rise to water borne diseases.
It was against this backdrop that the Japanese, informed by a proposal made by the LNRCS, donated US$539,729 in 2017 for the project. Liberia was then the only country in Africa that benefited from the Japan’s supplementary budget for that year.
The project was implemented with the aim to meet the basic needs of flood victims by providing shelter materials, emergency health services and WASH facilities.
IFRC Acting Head of Country Office, Lawrence Orowe lauded LNRCS and the communities for the collaborations that led to the successful implementation of the project.
LNRCS President, Jerome Clarke said, “the facilities will help meet your basic needs, and therefore we are glad that these are finally here.”
Clarke spoke of the critical roles each stakeholder played during the project implementation.
Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie said expressed gratitude to the LNRCS and partners for the facilities, promising to maintain for the good of the residents.