A slum project initiated by the Young Men’s Christian Association of Liberia (YMCA) on Thursday, March 20, broke ground for the construction of two modern pit latrines and two water pumps in West Point and Slipway.
West Point and Slipway are two of Monrovia’s slum communities that lack basic necessities; including public latrines.
The YMCA program was held under the theme: “Young People as Agents of Change Helping to Transform Slum Settlements.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony, the president of YMCA Liberia, Jonathan A. Mason, urged residents to use the facilities wisely after they have been constructed.
Mr. Mason explained to the residents that the facilities do not belong to the YMCA, and as such, residents are encouraged to take good care of them in order to benefit the younger generation.
“If we build these facilities here and they are not taken care of, our time and resources would be wasted for nothing.” Mr. Mason told the residents.
Madam Miatta Flowers, Commissioner of West Point, welcomed the YMCA’s gesture of selecting the West Point and Slipway communities for the construction of the latrines.
Commissioner Flowers then assured the YMCA family that the facilities would be maintained as per the set standard.
The Coordinator of the YMCA Slums Development Project, Vivien M. Beh, gave an overview of the project. She said as part of their activities, the YMCA is involved in constructing latrines and pumps in less fortunate communities in Monrovia and its environs.
According to her, the projects seeks to improve the well-being of community residents by reducing the possibility of waterborne and other communicable diseases from attacking vulnerable adults and children; especially those under five years.
The project is being sponsored by Y-Care International, a partner organization in the U.S. who donated US$29,000 for the project.
Paye C.G. Boaye, Chairman of the Slipway Community, lauded the YMCA for the project and described it as timely.
Chairman Boaye promised the YMCA that the facilities would be used for their intended purpose.