The project entails the construction of clean water and sanitation facilities in Monrovia, Liberia. To improve access to water supplies and sanitation facilities by the construction of 1 community bath house.
After years of a devastating civil conflict, Liberia currently faces a lot of challenges. One of the challenges is access to clean and safe water facilities. In terms of sanitation less than a quarter of the population has access to sanitary facilities. Places where there is little access to water and sanitation services, suffer from high rates of child morbidity as well as high levels of malnutrition and child mortality.
The specific target area of this project is the community that is situated on the south and eastern side of Greater Monrovia. About 90% of the Community does not have access to proper supplies of potable water or to satisfactory, hygienic sanitation facilities. The incidence of waterborne diseases is believed to be high however accurate statistics are not available at this time. The general morbidity of the Community needs to be reduced, this is why ZOA implements a water & sanitation project in this specific area.
To improve access to water supplies and sanitation facilities by the construction of 1 borehole, 5 community wells, 5 community latrines, 5 community bath houses and 5 community garbage pits. The goal is also to increase knowledge, attitude & practice of some 2,000 families in the community in hygiene practices resulting in the reduction of 25% of cases of water and sanitation related child morbidity.
1) Education and prevention.
Waterborne disease control education (diarrhoea and cholera), and prevention on provincial level, hygiene promotion at community and household level, training of community members in water management; and
2) Construction and distribution of necessary materials and equipment.
Construction of a borehole, wells, communal latrines, communal bath houses and garbage pits and the distribution of some 600 household hygiene kits (buckets, jerry cans, soap & bleach).
There are some essential elements that need to be present to implement the project successful. A shift in cultural attitudes towards hygiene practices among the opinion leaders is necessary. The government should give full co-operation. Personnel involved and established structures should be continuously motivated in efficiently sustain hygiene improvement. However more important a relatively stable situation is necessary without political or violent upheavals. As a result the availability of materials of the right quality for water and sanitation items should be available in order to make the project a success.