The Last Well, a Christian group based in the United States, has set its goal to eliminate the scarcity of safe drinking water in Liberia in Jesus’ name, and to also ensure that water-borne diseases are eliminated from the country by the year 2020. When completed, Liberia will be the first developing country in the world to have border-to-border access to clean water.
Founder and CEO, Dr. Todd Phillips, believes that by “helping our neighbors across the globe get access to clean water and the Gospel, we are providing an opportunity for Christ’s followers to be agents of change for those in the world with the greatest need.”
Partnering with organizations that have an equal passion for enlarging the footprint of God through preaching the Good News and meeting people’s greatest earthly needs, The Last Well has achieved a lot, and since 2008 has completed over 1,500 clean water projects all across Liberia, including projects in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Lofa, Grand Kru, Grand Gedah and River Gee.
Dr. Phillips says by the end of 2016, three counties will enjoy 100% access to clean water – Bong, Bomi, and Grand Kru, with the other 12 counties to be completed between January 2017 and December 2020.
The Last Well and its Liberia-based partners have field teams that drill wells, rehabilitate or repair broken wells and install long-term water filtration units. They then share the Gospel and connect villagers to local or regional churches, Liberian ministries and other Christian groups that bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the communities they serve.
Since 2008, Dr. Phillips has been committed to working alongside both Liberian government agencies and non-governmental organizations to ensure that every Liberian has access to clean water by 2020. He visited Liberia several times during the Ebola crisis and they are expected to return to Liberia in August 2016 for their annual partner conference.
Dr. Phillips recently appointed Doc Lawson as Global Goodwill Ambassador. Lawson is a Liberian-born former US professional soccer player and U.S. Olympian. He recently arrived in Liberia for a five-month visit to assess the ongoing work in the field, meet with partners and government officials to ensure that Last Wells’ objectives are on course in the country.
Ambassador Lawson told journalists that Dr. Phillips is passionate about ensuring that every Liberian has access to clean water.
“We are also initiating a system that can provide Liberians’ access to water for the next 50 years,” Lawson said.
Lawson feels a sense of responsibility, having been away from his native land for the last 40 years and therefore, “I believe that Liberians can be encouraged to make their modest but passionate contribution to change things to benefit everyone.”