Thousands of Liberians who are benefiting from an ongoing safe drinking water distribution to several communities in Monrovia and its environs by Ambassador Ali Sylla are expressing gratitude for this initiative, especially during the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
According to them, the water supply has brought relieve to them, noting that fetching for drinking and other purposes remain a challenge, the supply of the pipe borne water was made possible after the launch of a program called, Water is Life initiated by the Liberian diplomat in partnership with the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.
“Imagine the difficulties we are encountering in getting water especially during this health emergency period coupled with State of Emergency and lockdown announced by government have been partly taken care of by this gentleman, we are overwhelmed”, the beneficiaries speaking to reporters noted.
Expressing their gratitude, the beneficiaries in their joyous mood lauded the Liberian diplomat and his team of volunteers and score of Liberians who took up time to render their services in the distribution of water supply, speaking while standing in a very long queue, the residents described the gesture as a worthwhile initiative.
According to them, the move was in right direction to buttress the efforts of government through the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation in supplying water.
Communities benefiting from the pipe borne water supply include Old budget bureau, Benson Street, Divorce Hill community, Buzzy Quarter, Sayon Town, Johansen community, among others in Monrovia and it’s environs.
Providing a background of the program, the Liberian Diplomat said Water is Life came out of compassion and desire contribute to society especially during the Corona virus fight.
According to him, he and his team of volunteers reach out to water challenge communities through their chairperson or leaders.
The Liberian diplomat emphasized the importance of water in fighting Corona virus pandemic, adding 190,000 gallons of safe drinking water have been supplied to fifty four challenged water communities exceeding the projected 100,000 gallons. “We see the initiative as something our fellow Liberians need especially during this health crisis when is of serious importance in fighting the Corona virus, he narrated.”
Sylla intimated that the project commenced with a budget of 5,000 United States dollars with 20, gallons to each community.
He recalled how the huge damaged water facility located at the historic Ducor Palace Hotel due to the civil crisis continues to adversely affect residents of Monrovia and its surrounding areas in accessing safe drinking water.
According to Sylla, Charge d’ Affaires at the Liberian Embassy in Doha, State of Qatar, it was his way of responding in tackling the inadequacy of safe drinking water at a time his country needs it most.
The Liberian diplomat commended the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation for the level of partnership so far, while at the same time expressing delight to his team of volunteers and some Liberians who are supportive of the water initiative in many different ways.