The Social Enterprise Development (SEND) Foundation in collaboration with the Dutch-based non-governmental organization SNV formally launched the Grand Cape Mount County innovative Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) pilot project in Sinje, Gawular District recently.
According to SEND Foundation-Liberia Acting Country director, Dr. Sam N. Duo, SEND-Liberia, with support from SNV, a development organization from the Netherlands, formulated the program for the “institutional capacity building of community-driven WASH Sector development.”
The program was launched with the objective to strengthen partnership with the government and local communities and development partners to improve WASH in Grand Cape Mount County.
He noted that the Community-driven WASH Sector development is being piloted in three of the five districts in Grand Cape Mount County-namely; Gawular, Tewor and Porkpa.
The launch of the project, Dr. Duo said, is part of SEND program implementation strategies aimed at bringing together key actors including: lawmakers from the county, county and districts officials, representatives from the ministries of Public Works, Health, and Social Welfare.
Others were representatives from international NGOs, United Nations Children’s Education Funds, OXFAM, WaterAid, County-based WASH sector NGOs, the youth and women organizations.
“While the launch primarily seeks to shed light on SEND’s program in the county,” Dr. Duo added that, “it was also intended to serve as a platform to engage stakeholders to jointly address some of the critical issues affecting the WASH Sector across the country.”
He informed those who attended the ceremony that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene is one of the priority components of “our national development agendas and therefore, requires the collective engagement of all, irrespective of status or locations.”
Earlier in a welcome remark, Gawular District Commissioner, Kaison Kiadii, expressed gratitude to SEND-Liberia and its partners including the SNV for the project. He promised that the awareness created by the organization relative to the WASH Sector would be spread across the entire Grand Cape Mount County.
For his part, SNV WASH Coordinator based in Accra, Ghana, Bimal Tandukar, briefly introduced the SNV and shared its WASH program, detailing the concept, which was accompanied by a slide show in underlining the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene in various communities across the world.
Those who attended the ceremony included local officials as well as those from the joint security apparatus and the various sectors of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).