The International Child centered organization, Plan has vowed to support and improve water, sanitation and hygiene in 104 Liberian schools across the country.
“We want to see a learning environment where our children especially, the girls can have access to safe drinking water, good hygiene system” said: Koala Oumarou Plan Liberia Country Director.
Mr. Koala says this will make learning easy and fun for children.
According to Koala, many children stay home and refused to attend school due to lack of safe drinking and access to sanitary facilities.
He said Plan Liberia has signed a contract with the European Union worth over $600,000 (Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to support and promote access to safe water in Liberian schools.
“The project will enable us construct 34 hand pumps, 10 bore holes, and rehabilitate 60 wells in 104 schools across four of Liberia’s fifteen counties” Mr. Koala noted.
The Plan Liberia Country Director named: Bomi, Gbarpolu, Montserrado and Lofa counties respectively are beneficiaries of the European Commission (EC) grants.
He said the project will be implemented over the period of nine (9) months beginning April – December 2015.
As part of capacity development under the project, Plan Liberia is running a start-up workshop for three days in Monrovia to build capacity of the project management team.
“We are developing their capacities to effectively manage the grant according to EC rules and procedures as well as managing the donor relationship” said: Koala.
This will support immensely the timely and impactful delivery of project activities in the communities.
The start-up workshop which is being held from April 16-18, 2015, is facilitated by Peter Oomen from Plan Netherlands, with the support of Plan Liberia.
All Plan Liberia core project management team, Head of Programmes, Head of Finance, and support & thematic people having a role in the project as well as representatives of the local partners are in attendance.
“Now that the Ebola crisis is slowing down and gradually coming under control, schools have reopened, normal lives are returning, we are refocusing our efforts on the essential things to ensure that children are protected and safe whilst in school” Koala
Almost twelve years after the devastating civil war, just 1 in 4 Liberians has access to safe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization.
Half of all Liberians have no access to a toilet and use streams or open areas. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera occur regularly. As many as 1 in 5 deaths in Liberia are blamed on water and sanitation problems.
Plan Liberia is working in 346 communities across six out of the fifteen counties and responding in the areas of Social Mobilization, Health, WASH, Child Protection and Food/Nutrition.