Living Water International (LWI), an international non-governmental organization, has renewed its commitment to increasing its humanitarian services to Liberia in the Water and Sanitation (WASH) sector.
The president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LWI, Michael J. Mantle, said his organization has already drilled 60 holes that are providing safe drinking water for rural communities and has, at the same, time rehabilitated 40 water wells in rural Liberia. He indicated that more is to be done.
Mr. Mantle made the commitment when he paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office on Tuesday, March 11.
Dr. Mantle stressed that his organization is beginning to increase its services to Liberia from just providing safe drinking water to building latrines for rural communities particularly in Margibi County, which is now its operational area.
The LWI CEO informed the Liberian leader that his organization has also included in its operation, the training of community youth in managing the water resources and latrines with minimum fees charged for maintaining the facilities. That has been working, enabling the community dwellers to take ownership.
He thanked President Sirleaf for creating the enabling environment for LWI to provide its humanitarian services to the people of Liberia.
Making remarks earlier, the organization’s Senior Vice President for Global Operation, Robert Nathan Thorp, told the Liberian leader that LWI was pleased to work in a country whose President is Africa’s Ambassador on Water and Sanitation.
Mr. Thorp said they felt obligated to promoting the WASH program in Liberia in support of President Sirleaf’s ambassadorial role in Africa’s Water and Sanitation Program.
During the courtesy call, the LWI CEO officially introduced its new Liberia Country Director, Mr. Kanyata Mukelabi.
President Sirleaf thanked LWI for all it has done and continues to do in Liberia, describing it as vital to the health and well-being of the Liberian people.
The Liberian leader said that despite the challenges in reaching out to the hamlets, ranging from deplorable roads to the lack of electricity, LWI continues to strive to give the people access to safe drinking water. She said access to drinking water has increased though sanitation is still faced with challenges; but with the support of Liberia’s partners, progress is being made to improve the sub-sector.
President Sirleaf informed the LWI delegation that government is also engaged with other partners aimed at restoring pipe-borne water to county capitals that will further increase access to safe drinking water.
LWI is a faith-based global non-governmental organization in the United States that demonstrates the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and at the same time experience the Living Water Gospel of Jesus Christ.