President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds LWI’s Role In WASH Sector
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended Living Water International (LWI), an overseas non-governmental organization, for all it has done and continues to do in Liberia, describing it as vital to the health and wellbeing of the Liberian people.
The Liberian leader said despite the challenges in reaching out to the hamlets, ranging from deplorable roads to the lack of electricity, LWI continues to strive to give the people access to safe drinking water.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, the Liberian leader made the commendation Tuesday when an LWI delegation headed by its president and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Mantle paid a courtesy call on her at her Foreign Ministry office.
She said access to drinking water has increased though sanitation is still faced with challenges, but noted that with the support of Liberia’s partners, progress is being made to improve the sub-sector.
President Sirleaf informed the LWI delegation that government is also engaged with other partners to help in the restoration of pipe-borne water to county capitals that will further increase access to safe drinking water.
Meanwhile, LWI has renewed its commitment to increasing humanitarian services to Liberia in the Water and Sanitation (WASH) sector.
The press release said the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LWI, Mr. Mantle, gave the assurance during the courtesy call he and his delegation paid on President Sirleaf.
He said his organization has already drilled 60 bore holes that are providing safe drinking water for rural communities and has at the same time rehabilitated 40 water wells in rural Liberia.
Dr. Mantle stressed that his organization is beginning to increase its services to Liberia from just providing safe drinking water to also building latrines for rural communities, particularly in Margibi County which is now its operational area.
The LWI CEO informed the Liberian leader that his organization has also included in its operation, the training of community youth in managing the water resources and latrines with minimum fees charged for maintaining of the facilities which, he said, has proven to be working thereby making the community dwellers to take ownership.
He thanked President Sirleaf for creating the enabling environment for LWI to provide its humanitarian services to the people of Liberia.
Making remarks earlier, the organization’s Senior Vice President for Global Operation, Robert Nathan Thorp, told the Liberian leader that LWI was pleased to work in a country whose President is Africa’s Ambassador on Water and Sanitation.
Mr. Thorp said they felt obligated to promote the WASH program in Liberia in support of President Sirleaf’s ambassadorial role played in Africa’s Water and Sanitation Program.
During the courtesy call, the LWI President and CEO officially introduced its new Liberia Country Director, Mr. Kanyata Mukelabi.
LWI is a faith-based global non-governmental organization in the United States that demonstrates the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and at the same time experience the Living Water Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Others on the LWI delegation that met with President Sirleaf were LWI Rwanda Country Director, Ambaye Zekewos; Regional Communication Specialist for Africa, Sylvia Kazengwa; and Religious Advisor, Apostle James Tarr.
They were accompanied by President Sirleaf’s Religious Advisor, Rev. Jarvis Witherspoon.