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WaterAid lauds US460M fundraising appeal launch

Augustine Myers/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Mar. 4, 2015)-An International Charity, WaterAid, has welcomed the launch of over U.S $60m fundraising appeal. 

The fundraising appeal was made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to protect school children from Ebola and other contagious disease infections.

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Mar. 4, 2015)-An International Charity, WaterAid, has welcomed the launch of over U.S $60M fundraising appeal. 

The fundraising appeal was made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to protect school children from Ebola and other contagious disease infections.

 Liberian children are returning to schools this month (March), but they still lack access to clean, safe water and functional toilets, and unsanitary conditions that easily allow disease spreading.

The $60.5M will be needed over the next two years to provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education to the 2,500 schools in Liberia that lack access to such basic services.

A release quotes WaterAid as having said: “In more than half of Liberian schools (55%) do not have access to clean and safe water.”

The British Charity also said: “Four out of ten children (43%) do not have functional latrines, while four out of five (82%) lack hand-washing facilities.”

With donors’ help, water-points and hand washing facilities can be built in 1,800 schools and latrines can be built in a further 1,300.  Hygiene education will also be provided to every student in the country.

The release also quotes WaterAid Executive Director, Barbara Frost, as saying: “Without reliable water and sanitation facilities, schools become fertile ground for diseases and as a result, children cannot practice good hygiene to keep them healthy and safe.”

She assured that donors will help ensure that every school in Liberia has access has clean, safe water and sanitation facilities

Liberian children are returning to schools this month (March), but they still lack access to clean, safe water and functional toilets, and unsanitary conditions that easily allow disease spreading.

The $60.5M will be needed over the next two years to provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education to the 2,500 schools in Liberia that lack access to such basic services.

A release quotes WaterAid as having said: “In more than half of Liberian schools (55%) do not have access to clean and safe water.”

The British Charity also said: “Four out of ten children (43%) do not have functional latrines, while four out of five (82%) lack hand-washing facilities.”

With donors’ help, water-points and hand washing facilities can be built in 1,800 schools and latrines can be built in a further 1,300.  Hygiene education will also be provided to every student in the country.

The release also quotes WaterAid Executive Director, Barbara Frost, as saying: “Without reliable water and sanitation facilities, schools become fertile ground for diseases and as a result, children cannot practice good hygiene to keep them healthy and safe.”

She assured that donors will help ensure that every school in Liberia has access has clean, safe water and sanitation facilities.

 


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