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Chevron grants WASH sector US$200,000

By lbsonline staff
  Living Water Country Director, Ambaye Zekewos(Left), and Chevron  Country Manager, Karl Cottrell
Living Water Country Director, Ambaye Zekewos(Left), and Chevron Country Manager, Karl Cottrell

(lbsonline/Liberia)-An International oil exploration and drilling company, Chevron Liberia Limited, has provided Living Water International a grant of US$200,000.

Living Water International is an organization engaged in providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in Liberia.

The grant is intended to purchase one Drilling Rig to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Living Water International’s operations in the country.

The grant’s official signing ceremony took place Tuesday January 15, 2013 at the Country Office of Living Water International-Liberia, located at Tower Hill, along the Roberts International Airport Highway.

Speaking at the program, Chevron Liberia Limited Country Manager, Karl Cottrell, said: “I see Living Water as a fulfillment of several capacities that are paramount to Chevron’s corporate responsibilities”.  

“I am happy to know that ninety percent of Living Water’s workforce was Liberians. I consider this as capacity building for the Nation and people, and a co-foundation of things that Chevron is doing”.

“There were lots of commonalities of what Chevron was doing in Liberia, with respect to drilling and exploration of oil, and what Living Water International is doing with respect to water drilling”, he also said.

Quoting the Grant Agreement, Mr. Cottrell said: “Forty five percent of safe-drinking water is lacking in Liberia, so Chevron Liberia Limited was pleased working along with Living Water International for the realization of providing a cup of water in Jesus’ Name”.

“Providing a cup of water in Jesus’ name” is the Motto of Living Water International.

“Chevron Liberia Limited is happy to be involved with Living Water International-Liberia. Chevron-Liberia looks forward to the results of serving the communities through the regular provision of clean, safe and available drinking water”, Mr. Cottrell said.

“Chevron Liberia Limited also looks forward to a strong partnership with Living Water International-Liberia in the drilling and construction of more hand pump wells.

For his part, Living Water International-Liberia Country Director, Ambaye Zekewos, said: “My organization has the responsibility to serving Liberia through the development of safe water sources, sanitation facilities and the provision of hygiene education”.

“The contribution of Chevron Liberia Limited would have greater impact on Liberia’s WASH Sector, providing other sectoral actors the opportunity to make use of the equipment”.

Mr. Zekewos commanded Chevron for the grant and lauded other partners for their assistance towards ensuring that the Grant Agreement’s signing ceremony became a reality.

The Grant Agreement has only one year life span. 

In a related development, Living Water International-Liberia has planned to construct 30 new boreholes, rehabilitate 50 wells, and train 80 Community Hygiene Promoters, among others.

The Machine, expected in the country shortly, will drill up to 200 meters and serve as a relieve to other WASH sectoral actors engaged in the construction of hand pump wells.

The grant’s signing ceremony was also witnessed by Margibi County Authorities, the Public Works Ministry, Liberia WASH Consortium, WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia, as well as Tower Hill Community residents.

Invitees at the occasion extolled the grant’s provider for the initiative and said: “Such initiative will go a long way in addressing problems of safe-drinking water and more hand pumps across Liberia”.

They also challenged other individuals and Institutions with adequate financial capacities to emulate the fine example of Chevron Liberia Limited.


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