Members of the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Commission and The Last Well, a United States-based not-for-profit organization, has promised to build wells for safe drinking water that could be reached in 15 minutes’ walking distance for a community of 600 throughout Liberia by the year 2020,
Leading the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Commission’s delegation to the meeting, were The Last Well representative Doc Lawson and the Commission’s chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bobby Whitfield.
The gathering met at a resort in Monrovia and gave Lawson the opportunity to provide documentation of The Last Well’s activities in the country since it came to Liberia 10 years ago.
Mr. Lawson also gave a historical creation of The Last Well, its mission, its methodology and how many people it has reached, with the hand pumps completed in five counties.
In a brochure provided for perusal, Mr. Whitfield and his team said The Last Well to date has provided safe drinking water from 6,229 wells, along with the Gospel, since it came into the country in 2009.
He reviewed his agency’s experience as his members and partners change the lives of thousands of Liberians with clean water and their determination to continue to accomplish their mission “border to border by the year 2020.”
Lawson said his organization’s objective is to provide water at every 15 minutes walking distance to a year-round clean water source. He also provided data to the five counties in which they have completed their water projects to the WASH Commission for verification.
Lawson said The Last Well’s partners include numerous Christian organizations that are scattered across the country. He provided tons of documentation that could be used by the WASH Commission, in order to verify the jobs they claimed to have completed in the five counties.
The counties are Grand Bassa, Maryland, River Cess, Sinoe, and Grand Cape Mount.
Mr. Lawson called on members of the WASH Commission to join The Last Well in visiting the five counties, and to be prepared to face difficult challenges that its partners have gone through in their effort to provide clean water for thousands of Liberians in the leeward counties.
After his presentation, WASH Commission chairman Bobby Whitfield expressed appreciation for the extensive data that The Last Well has produced and said as a government agency, their duty is to verify The Last Well’s claim of its work in the five counties.
Whitfield said Mr. Lawson’s presentation showed his passion, noting that his Commission wants to partner with him after his investigators have completed their verification of The Last Well’s job in the five counties to get a clear picture of the situation.
“We appreciate the information you have offered so far,” chairman Whitfield told Mr. Lawson. “We want to complete our verification so as to be able to inform anybody who doubts your work about the truth of what you have come to Liberia to do.”
“It is the duty of our commission to verify your work and to make it clear what is going on and so we will travel to the five counties and clear the air.”
Mr. Whitfield said the WASH Commission will work independently to verify The Last Wells’ projects in the five counties.
Later he spoke with two officials of The Last Well, presently in the United States. He spoke with The Last Well’s president Dr. Todd Phillips who commended the WASH Commission for the initiative to get to know the activities of The Last Well.
Dr. Phillips assured the Commission of his agency’s cooperation and called on Mr. Whitfield to work with The Last Well together to be able to provide life-saving drinking water to Liberians outside Monrovia, who are dying daily because of drinking bad water in their homes.
Earlier, Mr. Lawson made a demonstration of The Last Well’s purification water system that is at present being used in more than 20,000 homes in Grand Bassa County.