A foreign support worth US$7.5 million has been earmarked for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in six counties in Liberia.
The Global Program Manager, Mr. Franceseco Rigamonti at the start of a three day WASH forum at Cape Hotel on Monday, April 28, 2014 said the project is anticipated to benefit 246,100 persons in rural parts of Liberia.
He mentioned that some members of the Liberia WASH Consortium are expected to implement the project.
Mr. Rigamonti said the Sustainable WASH in Fragile Context (SWIFT)-Liberia project runs from 2014 to 2018, and implementation is paramount to impact lives.
He said the implementers of the WASH project will work tirelessly to ensure that the six counties have equal and sustainable access to improved water, hygiene and sanitation services.
According to him, 150 communities in rural parts of Liberia after the project will be freed from open defecation and knowledgeable about good sanitation and hygiene practices.
He pointed out that the five-year project will also use the community health clubs approach to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in Liberia.
Mr. Rigamonti revealed that OXFAM and other institutions of the Liberia WASH Consortium implementing the project, will construct 357 new hand dug wells, rehabilitate 20 bore holders and one gravity feed water system. He said in addition, three bore hole solar power pump systems and water quality testing equipment will be provided.
He disclosed that capacity building for targeted beneficiaries or residents in several communities cannot be overemphasized.
According to him, technicians need to be trained in sustaining the projects that will be implemented in various counties.
He disclosed that the project implementers will pre-finance the WASH program to ensure that value for money is actualized.
Mr. Rigamonti asserted that the project will provide joint sector review and national WASH technical forum to brainstorm on how the project can be properly monitored and supervised nationwide.
He said the WASH Hour radio program will help promote global WASH day’s celebration and support training for local WASH Civil Society Organization (CSO) networks.
According to him, the project will increase the capacity of key stakeholders to plan, deliver and monitor the sustenance of WASH activities in Liberia.
Members of the Liberia WASH Consortium including AEL, Equip, GWEI, Oxfam, PSI, TearFund, ACF, Concern World Wide, among others, are participating in a three day brainstorming section in Monrovia, expected to end on Wednesday.
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