…..Adds Agriculture to Water, Sanitation Project – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network –Higher Ground International (HGI), a U.S-Liberian based Non Governmental Organization has again assured residents of the city of Arthington of its commitment to continue efforts aimed at improving the lives of the people.
HGI is currently operating in Arthington in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, and has added Agriculture as an Economic Empowerment Program starting 2014.
The Organization in 2012 provided the first hand pump and latrine facilities since the establishment of Arthington in 1822.
The Program, through Higher Ground International-Liberia’s Office seeks to build the capacity of the residents by providing jobs for the workforce in the five Clans of Arthington.
The 5 Clans in Arthington expected to benefit from the Project include: Gbarveah, Bonodee, Dillan, Neakon and Moiwah Clans.
Higher Ground International Chief Executive Officer, Henrietta White-Holder said Agriculture and a modern Production Site of farming implements have been added to their operation in Arthington for 2014.
Mrs. White-Holder said the inclusion of Agriculture and a modern Production Site will address the huge unemployment gap in Arthington.
The Higher Ground International C.E.O made the disclosure Monday, December 23, 2013 in Arthington city, during an official welcome and honoring program for her and the Board President, Mackenzie L’Maree.
Mrs. White-Holder stressed that sustainability and economic empowerment will surely transform the lives of Arthington residents, especially the youth.
According to her, young people are prospective leaders and they must always be encouraged to explore opportunities that will enable them achieve their potential.
She also disclosed that 20 hand pumps and 10 community latrines will be constructed in Arthington in 2014, to ease the problem of access to safe drinking water and better sanitation facilities.
Earlier, Arthington City Mayor, Genius White commanded Higher Ground International for being the first NGO to come to their aid since the end of the Liberian civil crisis.
According to Mayor White, the people of Arthington lack basic social services and job opportunities to improve their wellbeing.
He described as a relief the investment of Higher Ground International and partners in the Water, Sanitation and Agriculture sectors, designed to restore the dignity of the Arthington people.
For her part, the President of the Board of Directors of Higher Ground International, Mackenzie L’Maree in brief remarks thanked the people of Arthington for the warm reception accorded the delegation.
She also commanded Higher Ground International-Liberia Program for the humanitarian service to the people of Arthington, and promised that she will work with Members of the Board and other friends abroad to mobilize funding to support on-going project and other meaningful and productive ventures.
Madam L’Maree could not hold back her tears of joy, especially after she was gowned as a token of appreciation by Higher Ground International-Liberia and the loving people of Arthington.
The program was described as colorful and historic, and was attended by citizens and residents of the five Clans of Arthington together with their respective leaders representing the Chiefs, Elders, Women, Youth, children and local staff of Higher Ground International-Liberia.
The visit ended with the touring of water and sanitation facilities by HGI, giving a clear picture to the Board President regarding some of its activities