US$7M WaterAid Project for Liberia, Sierra Leone

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first_imgWaterAid, a non-profit organization, has launched a US$7 million project to provide water to targeted communities in Liberia and Sierra Leone.The 2015 WaterAid report said there was significant progress globally in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for drinking water. However, both Liberia and Sierra Leone are lagging behind the universal coverage on safe water with an estimated 1.1 million Liberians and 2.4 million Sierra Leoneans impacted by the scarcity of safe drinking water. Patrick Cheah, WaterAid Country Director for Liberia, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the official launch of the 5-year project held at a local resort in Monrovia.WaterAid intends to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in both countries, Director Cheah said.The program will focus on WASH impact on health, nutrition and schools.“We will build on the positive cross-border relationships we’ve established with stakeholders, including governments, donors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and private sector and nurture a profile of service delivery and CSO partnership in order to maximize learning and increase synergy in WASH programming,” said Cheah. WaterAid works in four counties in Liberia and three districts in Sierra Leone, focusing on hard to reach communities and areas where citizens are marginalized in terms of access to water.“We are integrating communities that are around the border, including Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Maryland and Grand Kru counties. In Sierra Leone, we are working in Kenema, Kailahun, among others to alleviate their constraints to access to water,” Cheah said. The organization will also push governance, especially where CSO partners exist to help WaterAid in its project delivery.“We will also look at knowledge management that helps to replicate what was done in Sierra Leone to come to Liberia,” he said, adding, “Our primary focus is looking at access to water services for remote communities.”The 2015 WaterAid report said there was significant progress globally in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for drinking water; however, both Liberia and Sierra Leone are lagging behind the universal coverage on safe water with an estimated 1.1 million Liberians and 2.4 million Sierra Leoneans impacted by the scarcity of safe drinking water. “Our strategy is linked with the global strategy, which is the basis for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WaterAid will come back and provide a progress report for the public and partners,” Director Cheah said. Augustine Myers, who spoke on behalf of Liberia WASH and CSOs, said he was delighted to be part of the WaterAid program to address water constraints in the country.“We are pleased that a Liberian can be a WaterAid Country Director, because only Liberians can solve our problems. The issue of water for rural communities is cardinal and the CSOs are willing to work with all the partners to ensure that we overcome this challenge,” said Myers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_img Leone moved to St. George, Utah, after retiring and often invited deputies for fishing trips. He had returned to Los Angeles to run in the marathon. Reyna, 52, was a veteran detective in the LAPD division that investigates officer-involved shootings. Laid back and approachable, he was always willing to offer advice on other cases, Voge said. On Monday, officers in his division papered their office door with pictures of Reyna. “He was one of the hardest workers,” Voge said. “Just a straight-out genuinely nice man, a consummate professional and an absolutely good person. That’s why he affected so many people here. It shocked us all. “This department, this division and this city are going to miss him.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A few months ago, when somebody asked LAPD Detective Raul Reyna why he liked to run marathons, his answer was pretty simple: Why not? “He said, ‘It just sounds like something to do,”‘ said Capt. Jim Voge, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division. “It’s a challenge, and he looked forward to completing it.” Reyna, an avid runner with a handful of marathons under his belt, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack at mile 24 of the Los Angeles Marathon. James Leone, a retired sheriff’s deputy running his 11th L.A. Marathon, died of a heart attack in the third mile of the 26.2-mile race. In the previous 20 runnings of the event, only one person died of a heart attack, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Monday, officials from the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mourned the losses of Reyna and Leone. Leone, 60, worked as a patrol and jail deputy and facility supervisor at the sheriff’s Industry Station from 1981 until his retirement in 2000. A mechanical whiz who could fix a car or an airplane, he was also involved in the Shriners and the Free Masons. Leone was a black-belt martial artist and an avid runner. He’d often dress up as a clown to entertain sick children at local hospitals, making balloon animals for the patients. “He’d make kids laugh,” said sheriff’s Detective Ljot Inglis, who knew Leone for 18 years. “He’d make them bunny rabbits, poodles, Indian headdresses, all out of balloons. “It doesn’t sound like much, but to a kid that’s sick, it’s a lot.” last_img read more