The Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS) has turned over projects including hand pumps and latrines to disaster affected communities in Montserrado and Margibi Counties, concluding a US$539,729.00 project supported by the Japanese Government.
During the official turning over programs in Kartoe Town, Todee District of Montserrado on Friday and in Sand Town of Margibi County on Saturday, LNRCS president Mr. Jerome Clark appreciated the intervention of the Japanese government for coming to the rescue of Liberians.
Mr. Clark challenged the communities to take good care of the facilities, reminding them that the Japanese Government spent more than half million U.S. dollars in the two counties for the projects which include construction and rehabilitation of latrines, hand pumps, distribution of food and non – food items, and shelter materials, among others.
He notes that there are people in other communities suffering for what the people of Montserrado and Margibi have received from the Red Cross, adding that some in Monrovia don’t even have the latrine constructed in Sand Town in Margibi County.
Having reflected on the crisis that rocked LNRCS in the recent past, Mr. Clark says the message must go out that the new leadership team at LNRCS is prepared and is now on the new trajectory of changing and rebranding the institution to meet development challenges.
International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Acting Head of Country Office Mr. Lawrence Orowe thanked the LNRCS team of leaders, saying it is because of them the funds were being pulled to undertake the projects.
He also applauds the community people for working together in partnership with the LNRCS, informing the locals that the latrines and hand pumps belong to them.
He encourages the locals to look after the facilities, mainly for those that have been trained in the communities to repair the hand pumps and work on the latrines if they have problems.
Earlier turning the keys of the facilities over to the local leadership in Kartoe Town, LNRCS Secretary General Madam Sayba Tamba informed residents of the town that the latrines and hand pumps did not belong to the town chief, a specific household or people. Instead, she says the entire community must use the facilities and put down rules that will help to maintain them.
By Winston W. Parley