Liberian-born former United States professional soccer player and Olympian, Doc Lawson who is the newly appointed Global Ambassador to the Last Well, a not for profit US based organization determined to provide clean drinking water throughout Liberia to eradicate water-borne diseases, has arrived in the country.
Mr. Lawson said in an interview yesterday at the YMCA in Monrovia that his presence in the country is to review the clean water projects that have been completed since late 2008 by The Last Well. He will also visit several counties during his stay including Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Bomi with possible visits to both Grand Kru and Maryland where much of the current work is being done.
“I’ll also meet with our local partners to ensure that we meet with the objective to eradicate water-borne diseases from the country by 2020,” he said.
Ambassador Lawson is expected to meet with senior government officials at the Ministry of Public Works, Speaker of the House Alex Tyler, Ambassador Julie Endee, Chief Zanzan Karwor, Vice President Joseph Boakai, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the duration of his four months visit.
Several non-governmental organizations that are in partnership with The Last Well are Water of Life, Living Water International, World Hope International, Samaritan’s Purse, Life Water, Equip Liberia, Christian Revival Church Association, Vision Collaborators, Water 4, Teamwork Africa and Wordsower Liberia.
Ambassador Lawson is also working in partnership with the YMCA Liberia to bring sports to the communities served with water and the Gospel.
“The idea is a way to provide direction for children to be able to develop their capabilities in their growth as individuals,” Ambassador Lawson said. Ambassador Lawson said while there are lots of potentials, Liberians need a little push and therefore Dr. Todd Philips and The Last Well program wants to give Liberians a helping hand to let them aspire to their full potential.
The Last Well, a Christian organization is headed by Dr. Todd Philips and it partners with Liberian ministries and other Christian groups to bring the good news of Jesus to the communities they serve.