LIBERIA: WaterAid’s WASH project impacts Grand Kru County

CODES CEO holding WASH Meeting with residents of Yeatiken, Grand Kru

In a bid to support the Government of Liberia WASH initiative, the British charity, WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone has engaged in several WASH projects in the country with the aim of restoring the dignity of Liberians and foreign residents. The charity in concert with one of its local partners, Community Development Services (CODES) has provided WASH services in several communities in Grand Kru County. Grand Kru County, like other counties in the south east of Liberia is in dire need of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.

LIBERIA: WaterAid calls for action on water to guard against impact of climate change….

Patrick Nimely Cheah, WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone Country Director

‘Wild Water: The State of the World’s Water’ briefing released to mark World Water Day 2017 - To mark World Water Day, on 22 March WaterAid Liberia is calling for urgent action from the international community and the government to reach the 847,000 rural people in Liberia without access to clean water. WaterAid’s annual analysis of global water access, Wild Water: The State of the World’s Water, released ahead of World Water Day on 22 March, examines the vulnerability of rural communities around the world to extreme weather events resulting from climate change – including cyclones, ruinous flooding and prolonged drought.

LIBERIA: Filthiness of biggest drainage poses health threat Soniwein residents call for intervention, vigorous awareness

Stockpile of Garbage in the Soniwein Drainage

It appears that there’s still a need for more and robust awareness to avoid using drainages as dumpsite in Monrovia and its environs. A case in point is the biggest drainage located in the Soniwein Community in Monrovia. Some residents in the community are persistently using the drainage as dumpsite. A team of WASH Reporters visited the Soniwein Community to find out how the drainage in the area is posing serious health hazard to community dwellers there, since it was cleaned last year under the initiative of former Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh based on several reportage by the WASH Media Network.

LIBERIA: WaterAid launches 5-year transboundary strategy

Group photo, Staff and Partners of WaterAid following the launch of the 5-Year Transboundary Strategic Plan

WaterAid Transboundary Programme of Liberia and Sierra Leone has launched a five-Year Strategic Plan. The Transboundary Strategy runs from 2016/17 – 2021. The Strategy will guide WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone Transboundary Programme for three years to come (2016/17-2018/19), after which WaterAid shall be operating two distinct Country Programmes in the last 2 years (2019/20 – 2020/21). Five years budget for WaterAid Liberia is estimated at E7,126,351 , while Sierra Leone is estimated at E7,418,425 in (GBP). The 5-Year Strategic Plan which is been described by the British Charity as a road map, will address critical WASH issues in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

LIBERIA: Evangelical Congregational Church Ends 48th Annual Conference ..several projects targeted

Bishop G. Abraham Powell of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL), delivering a Special Message at the close of the Conference on Sunday

The Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) has ended its 48th Liberia Annual Conference with several key projects earmarked for the development of the Church in Liberia. According to the Church, the 48th Liberia Annual Conference focused on uniting the Church(ECCOL), future activities and how the Church fits in the development of Liberia. The 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) brought together about four hundred Delegates from 6 of the 15 counties of Liberia.

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania to spend equal time between Geneva and New York in 2017

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania articulates her career move for 2017 during a recent interview in Lido Restaurant in Harlem, New York

Despite the heavy rain, Sierra Leonean soul queen Azania braved the wet and cold weather last Tuesday just to keep a scheduled interview appointment at Lido Restaurant in the heart of Harlem in New York City. Many other artists would have simply cancelled the interview due to bad weather. But not Azania who fully understands the true value and power of publicity for artists, musicians and entertainers. During our conversation, She updated her career status relative to the past two years that she has lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland. And her plans for 2017 among other things.

Revolutionary art work tagged “INSIDE ASO ROCK” an artistic representation of what’s going on inside Aso Rock Villa.

INSIDE ASO ROCK

This painting by Mazi Daniel Awgu is a revolutionary painting created to change the way things work in Nigeria, change the mindsets of Nigerians, even in this current economic recession facing the country which has exposed the average Nigerian to hardship. In this interview our Nigerian correspondent, tried to find out why Mr. Daniel Agwu Nwankwo who refers to himself as a prophet with paint and brush conceived this idea, using the seat of government, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, Aso Rock Villa where the president lives and operates from as a focal point to drive home his message of change and hope to Nigerians. The painting is tagged “Inside Aso Rock”.

LIBERIA: GOL, UNICEF end WASH BAT workshop

Participants at the just ended WASH Bottleneck Analysis Workshop in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

A technical working group has been established by the Government of Liberia and partners at the just ended WASH BAT workshop in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The working group was formed at the end of a 3-Day workshop organized by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The three-day gathering was aimed at addressing bottlenecks in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of Liberia.

New Miss Zimbabwe Licencees

The Managing Director of Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase, Chiedza Ziyambe

To improve the quality of the Miss Zimbabwe Contest, new licensees to host the preliminaries to the contest will be appointed worldwide. Over the last few years, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust has been looking for ways to improve the quality of the contest. One of the ways it has sought to do this is to improve the quality of the contestants and the regional contests that feed into the main contest. As part of this focus on improvement, the way preliminary shows in Zimbabwe and abroad are managed will be improved. These contests are to be more focused on promoting the contestants and Zimbabwe. In a press briefing, the founder of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, Crispen Sachikonye, who has been in strategic discussions with various stakeholders, said that new licensees will be appointed for various regions. He said that the identification of licensees was now at an advanced stage with for example, Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase being selected as a licensee for Miss Zimbabwe UK.

LIBERIA: Amidst poor sanitation, solid waste expert advances recommendations

Whein Town huge garbage site, an issue of health threat

The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly four million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that many Liberians die each year from preventable diseases attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and improper hygiene.