The Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) has officially turned over to the Liberian Government the total number of thirty one hand-pumps, seven latrines and ten handwashing facilities in Zota District, Bong County.
AEL, is a Christian organization that seeks to ensure the reduction of poverty and the spread of waterborne diseases.The organization has been erecting the facilities over the past three years in 19 communities in the District with support from Mission Alliance, a Norwegian – based organization.
AEL is the largest network of Churches and agencies of evangelical persuasion in Liberia responding to human need with spiritual guidance, compassion and practical care.Its vision is a Liberian Church that is faithful to God’s calling to love as Christ loves – evidenced by its practical, holistic and compassionate response to human need.
Prior to the extension of AEL’s humanitarian services in the District, 80% of the residents had no access to safe drinking water, a situation that led to the increase of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in the area.Some residents of Zota, especially children between the ages of three and eight have died as a result of drinking unsafe water.
Since the construction of the hand-pumps, residents of the area are now living happily and using the safe water for drinking and other domestic purposes.AEL’s Wash Officer and Acting General Secretary Rev. Ebenezer M. Binda urges community dwellers to put in place measures that will ensure the full maintenance of the erected facilities.
He also appeals to government through the local authorities to constitute measures that will ensure the constant monitoring of the facilities.At the same time, Mission Alliance Representative to Liberia and Sierra Leone Rune Ouoard expresses happiness over the level of work AEL has done.
He pledges his institution’s fullest support to the improvement of the County.Bong County Superintendent Esther Yamah Walker extended commendations to AEL and Mission Alliance, promising to collaborate with the direct beneficiaries of the facilities.For their part, Representatives of the 19 communities lavished praises on AEL and described the ceremony as a beginning of a new day in their lives.
“I am very happy for what AEL has done for us, we been suffering for safe drinking water here, and seeing that AEL has constructed one in our Town is something we want to say thank you for,” Mr. Flomo Moah, a resident of Kollieta told journalists.
Also speaking, Madam Korto Gohoteh, a mother of five children whose husband died during the Ebola crisis noted that since AEL constructed the hand pump in Yorwee, the challenges they used to face have been eased.
She recalls that they used to fetch water from the creek, and her children really used to get sick.“But since AEL brought the water, none of them have experienced sickness and I am happy for that,” she says.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley