Camp for Peace Liberia has completed the construction of a USD 22,332 sanitation and hygiene project in Salayea District, Lofa Country. The project which was sponsored by the Australia High Commission Direct Aid Program was built in five rural community public schools. These schools include the Yarpuah Public School, Gbarsue Public School, Gorlu, Gboryea Public School and the Telemai Public School.
The last modern facility was dedicated on Wednesday, September 11 in Telemai Town with an array of district authorities including the District Health Officer, District Educational Officer, Representative of the District Commissioner, other local authorities and the participation of local community members of Telemai.
The Australian High Commission Direct Aid Program is entrusted to the credible non-governmental organization around the world. In 2018 Camp for Peace Liberia was selected through a critical appraisal to implement this project. The project aims at providing conducive sanitation and hygiene facilities to reduce open defecation and prevent the spread of diseases. The project will benefit approximately 12,500 residents living in these communities. The project is also ensuring that students have improved access to adequate sanitation facilities and an increased understanding of key health risks related to WASH.
Speaking at this last dedication program, the Salayea District Health Officer, Mr. Marcus Supu severely stress the need for care and proper management of these modern latrines. He promised to work along with the school administration and community people to strengthen the school health clubs and train both teachers and students how to use the facilities properly. He cautioned the school administration to introduce a ticket system that will help to track students using the lavatory at a specific time frame. “My team and I will visit these schools at all times to ensure that the facilities are kept clean and adequately maintained, Mr. Supu concluded.” Also speaking at the occasion was the Mrs. Anita Moribah, Salayea District Educational Officer. Mrs. Moribah started by expressing her most profound gratitude and appreciation to the Australian High Commission Direct Aid Program for the grant support provided her school district. She also commended the community people for their reception and Camp for Peace Liberia for her dedication and assertiveness in ensuring the successful construction of these latrines. She, however, cautioned the community to do all in their power to properly keep the lavatory clean at all times.
In a concluding remark, the Executive Director Mr. B. Abel Learwellie commended the triangle approach the project proceeded with the substantial inputs and contribution from the local communities and his organization. He is therefore optimistic that the Direct Aid Sanitation Project will be extended to other communities in need with the support of the Australian High Commission.