SKD Community Tackles Drainage

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Thirty two chiefs – at least two from each Liberia’s 16 ethnic groups – in the Samuel K. Doe Community and its environs have collaborated with the youths to embark on a week-long clean-up campaign of drainages in five slum communities around District # 14, Montserrado County.
The communities have been suffering from foul smell of revolting drains owing to the lack of financial and logistical supports, community leaders said.
The Council of Tribal Chiefs in the SKD Community initiated the long overdue project with support from the Kerkula Momomuka Kamara Foundation, a humanitarian organization, which provides relief to poor communities in Montserrado County District # 14. The theme of the gutter cleaning project was “Operation Clean the Doe Community.”
Youth President Pedro R. Vaye named the affected drainage areas as “around the Kpelle Mansion, Bassa Town, the football field and Freeport areas as well as thick bushes along the road in Central SKD Community.
The fetid muddy drains are breeding sites for flies, mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects and a source of irritation and embarrassment, residents told the Daily Observer.
Dozens of wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and rain boots as well as face-masks and gloves; including five 25Kg bags of rice were turned over to the leadership of the Council of Traditional Chiefs for the cleanup project.
The drains also absorbed feces and garbage of all sorts from the community all year round, residents said.
The chairman of the Council of Tribal Chiefs, Elder Abubakar Turay, said about 30 youthsare expected to participate in cleaning of the drains and called on other residents to emulate Mr. Kamara, affectionately called Momomuka or Muka to clean the community.
“We are glad that Muka is helping us to clean the drains which pose a serious health hazard to the communities,” Elder Turay said.
The project, he said, is the first of its kind since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. He expressed the hope that Muka would make the project inclusive with the cleaning-up on a regular basis on food-for-work.
Prince Toe, a staff of the Kerkula Momomuka Kamara Foundation, said the clean-up of the drains is one of several projects, pointing out the construction of a youth center, identifying with the disabled and the Muslim Community during Ramadan.
In an interview with Mr. Kamara, who was not at the turning over ceremony of tools and food, he challenged the youths from the communities to keep the gutters clean at all times.”
He admonished residents to stop dumping garbage into the gutters and to ensure that the drains are clean to support good health in the community.
“Your efforts will demonstrate how much our community means to us,” he said and encouraged the workers to carry out the clean-up campaign and keep their environment clean.

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