Thousands of Liberians, particularly marginalized rural community dwellers, have suffered access to pipe-borne water throughout their lives. During and after the Liberian civil war, non-governmental organizations installed hundreds of hand pumps in rural communities costing millions of dollars. However, 90% of these pumps that provided sources of safe drinking water for rural dwellers have fallen into disrepair, and affected communities can no longer have access to safe drinking water. Families have been forced to fetch water from creeks, streams, and other unsafe sources, which facilitate waterborne diseases among the human population.
Since July of 2020, Callum Bremner, an internationally acclaimed humanitarian who has worked to alleviate poverty and suffering, has been providing safe drinking water for thousands of rural dwellers in Bong County.
The Hand Pump Repair Team of Callum Bremner is working primarily in Zota District, Jorquelleh District and Panta District all in Bong County. The Team has rehabilitated 29 badly damaged hand pumps in 21 marginalized and hard to reach communities with a little over 30, 000 people having access to safe drinking water in those Bong County villages.
After a survey trip in the three districts, the Hand Pump Repair Team identified 155 damaged hand pumps that need pressing repair and 29 have been rehabilitated by Callum single-handedly.
Some of these hand pumps have been damaged for months or more than one year.
The Repair Team procures all spare parts including cylinder valve needed for the repair works.
Callum response is based on an article published in the July 3, 2020 edition of the Daily Observer, under the caption: “Over 2,000 Inhabitants of Zota District Drink From Pond”.
Callum said his response to the water crisis is to ensure that Liberians that live in remote and marginalized communities have access to safe drinking water.
He describes the water crisis in the three isolated districts as “appalling, and regrettable,” stressing that it frustrating for Liberians to go through fourteen years of civil war and still drinking from pond .
“It is my desire and hope to continue responding to the needs of Liberians by providing safe drinking water,” Callum intoned.
Speaking to the Daily Observer recently in Belefanai in Zota District, the District Commissioner, Arthur Kpolleh, described Callum’s response to the water situation as a rescue mission to serve and save humanity.
Mr. Kpolleh said the repair of these old hand pumps is effort in responding to the growing need for safe drinking water for local residents and marginalized communities.
He, however, underscored the need for residents and local leaders to consider the need to take good care of the repaired hand pumps to ensure that they are maintained, adding, “Today Callum is rehabilitating all of your damaged hand pumps free of charge, but tomorrow it will not be the same,” Commissioner Kpolleh said.