‘Follow The Water Challenge Cup’ Champions, West Point, will this Saturday put their two trophies at stake in the 2018 edition against their Clara Town opponents at the Clara Town sports field in Monrovia.
The tournaments which are in both the U-12 and U-14 are organized by United States’ based Donamisports, in conjunction with The Last Well, also a US-based religious group with the goal to eliminate water scarcity in Liberia by helping Liberian communities to get access to clean water and the Gospel, and by providing an opportunity for Christ-followers to be agents of change for those in the country with the greatest need.
According to The Last Well, it has the vision to eliminate water scarcity and take the Gospel to all Liberians by the year 2020, an initiative that was birthed in 2008 by Christian young adults at a church in Washington, D.C., and led by Todd Phillips.
They were inspired by the movie Amazing Grace, which chronicled the life of William Wilberforce, who is credited with the historic feat of ending the slave trade in England. Together, these young adults set out to make their own history and rally around the cause of providing a nation access to clean water and the good news of Jesus Christ.
Todd relocated his family and the non-profit organization to the Dallas area in 2011. Though he continued raising money and awareness around the cause of water scarcity, waterborne illnesses and water-related deaths in Liberia, a year later the organization’s efforts began to slow.
In the Spring of 2013, a fundraiser was held in Heath, Texas, with the intention of revitalizing efforts to complete the mission of bringing water and the Gospel to the entire nation of Liberia by 2020, according to its website.
What began as a vision-casting dinner with five couples grew into an interest meeting of more than 150 potential donors. As a result of that now historic gathering, the organization received over $3 million in funding and donor commitments. In June of the same year, Todd was appointed Executive Director of The Last Well and asked to oversee the organization’s operations full time.
Since 2008, The Last Well has reached over 750,000 Liberians with water and the Gospel. The Last Well meanwhile formed a partnership with Doc Lawson, a Liberian Olympian who played professional soccer in the United States, and charged him to lead the campaign in Liberia as its ambassador.
Doc Lawson, bustling with the enthusiasm to bring the good news to his native Liberia, came along with his own organization, DONAMISPORTS, where he invests in grassroots football with tournaments in Monrovia’s slum communities, working along with the YMCA (Young Men Christian Association).
Doc Lawson recently joined with the David Suah Foundation, also of the United States to increase grassroots soccer participation for the youths.
In their last two encounters at the Duport Road Sports Field in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, both West Points teams (U-12 and U-14) won against their counterparts in Duport Road.
Saturday’s encounter in Clara Town will afford the community another opportunity to witness youth soccer at its best. Donamisports’ officials say they hope Clara Town youths could give their West Point opponents a good run for their money.