An international organization, Water Aid, and its implementing partners, Evangelical Children Rehabilitation Program (ECREP), have officially dedicated WASH Facilities at three clinics in rural Montserrado country.
Speaking at the dedicatory events at the Croziousvile Community Clinic, White Plain Community Clinic and Harrisburg Community Clinic , Water Aid Liberia Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Patience Zayzay, appreciated the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health for giving the aid organization the space to work in that part of Montserrado County through its implementing partner, ECREP.
According to her, without the health practitioner’s effort as well as water Aid and its implementing partners, such notable projects were not going to be implemented in Croziousvile, White Plain and Harrisburg Townships.
“I will like to appreciate ECREP for the work they have done, they have been so supportive of our mission which is to improve the lives of people through the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services,” she indicated.
The Water Aid Liberia Executive further said the aid organization has been in Liberia since 2009 providing WASH Services in Liberia.
“We are providing these services under our integrated WASH program that focuses on improving access to wash in health facilities, schools and the communities,” Madam Zayzay said.
Speaking further the WASH expert told the gathering that Water Aid Liberia is more concerned sustainability of its projects that are intended for the improvement of the lives of residents of the communities.
“we do not only look at sustainability of our work , we also engage Government at national level to ensure that funding is allocated to these facilities.”
The Water Aid Liberia official said without the WASH facilities at the various health centers, there would be people going to those facilities infected and return infected.
She used the event to urge the health workers and the community dwellers to take ownership of the facilities.
Madam Zayzay noted that partners will depart from the community but them as residents will remain.
Providing the overview of the projects earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Evangelical Children Rehabilitation Program (ECREP), Abraham Powell said, ECREP conducted an assessment in the three townships’ health facilities .
He said following the assessment, his origination sent a proposal to Water Aid Liberia and it was accepted and approved for his origination to implement the wash project that included the provision of running water within the various clinics , the rehabilitation of the latrines .
“ Some of the patients use the bushes to toilet or pit latrines, so we decided to intervene.
We constructed water tower which is about 35 feet, 1500 polo tanks, and drilled a well of 90 feet and we installed a solar system pump that supplies water without electricity,” he said.
Rev. Powell however said the project led to training of WASH technicians and other health workers in hygiene promotion.
He thanked Water Aid Liberia and the Ministry of Health for the support given to his organization for the success of the project.
Also speaking during the ceremony was the District Health Officer, David George, who extoled Water Aid Liberia and its implementing partners for coming to the aid of the residents by providing WASH facilities to the various health centers within the district.
He described the availability of water at the clinics as key to the prevention of basic health delivery.
“Water Aid and ECREP, I must commend you because water is life , I was downhearted when I came here in the delivery room and saw people with buckets going to the creak to get water,” he indicted.
Mr. George further narrated that he was impressed with the level of work carried out by ECREP based on his assessment and evaluation.
He also urged the health practitioners and the community residents to take ownership of the facilities by ensuring their sustainability for good of the health sector.