…Beneficiaries commend the charity for the facility – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – As part of its Equity and Inclusion Policy in the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery, the British Charity “WaterAid” has turned over a latrine facility to the disable in Bomi County.
The Charity in concert with one of its local partners, United Youth For Peace, Education, Transparency & Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) turned over the latrine to the disable in Cooper Town Community in Tubmanburg over the weekend.
Providing an overview of the project, the National Executive Director of UYPETDL Timothy Kpeh said the objective of the project is to bring about equity and inclusion in the provision of WASH service delivery in the country.
Mr. Kpeh noted that in WASH service delivery there should be no exclusion despite the situation an individual or a community faces.
He disclosed that the selection of Cooper Town in District #1 of Bomi county was based upon the dire need of WASH facilities faced by several visually impaired in the community.
The National Director of the Youth group asserted that the project will restore and bring back the dignity of the disable in Cooper Town.
Speaking on behalf of the disable, the Head, Varney Sherman thanked WaterAid, noting that before the construction of the disable friendly latrine, the visually impaired practiced open defecation.
He said several times many of the disabled fell in their own feces due to the lack of toilet facility for the community.
Mr. Sherman wants the local authority of Bomi replicate the facility constructed by WaterAid in 14 communities in Tubmanburg for the use of visually impaired persons.
He stressed the need for caretakers to be considerate in dealing with disable in using the facility.
Making remarks, the Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma described water and sanitation as a human right issue that needs the urgent attention of the entire globe.
The British Charity boss said disable community is highly considered through the Sustainable Development Goal-6 which focuses on water and sanitation.
He urged that it is about time the Liberian society gives serious attention to the disable community especially when it comes to water and sanitation services.
He thanked UYPETDL for considering Cooper Town for the project and the community for making land available for the construction of the facility.
For his part, the Development Superintendent of the County, Ernest David reminded the disable community that the local authority has not forgotten about them when it comes to their welfare.
Mr. David commended UYPETDL for the project that has restored the dignity of disable in Bomi County.
He however appealed to WaterAid to considered Bomi County as one of its project areas due to crucial needs of water and sanitation in the county.
Also speaking, Bomi County District # 1 Law Maker, Gayah Karmoe expressed gratitude to WaterAid for constructing such a facilitate in his district.
Representative Karmoe assured the disable that Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a key component in the county’s development fund.
He called for partnership with WaterAid to ensure that WASH facilities are constructed in District #1, Bomi County.