1 March 2016

Liberia: UN Initiates $1m WASH Project in Clara Town

The United Nations, under its Ebola Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund, has started a US$1 million Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Clara Town, a community in the Monrovia suburb of Bushrod Island.

The project is being implemented by UNICEF, ILO and UN-HABITAT Liberia country office, in collaboration with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).

A two-day Stakeholders Project Inception Workshop began Tuesday at the Community Center in Clara Town.

Addressing the opening ceremony, UN-HABITAT Head of Office in Liberia, Antony Lamba, said the intent of the workshop is to solicit the views of residents and sensitize them on the need to take advantage as well as ownership of the project.

"As part of the Liberia United Nations Country Team's post-Ebola recovery strategy, a proposal was prepared to implement a WASH project for the most vulnerable and affected urban slums in Monrovia as an important critical component of strengthening resilience and promoting economic stabilization," he explained.

The decision to host the project is based on the lessons learnt during the Ebola outbreak response and the role WASH played in fighting the disease.

The Ebola Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund project is conceived within the framework of the joint UN programming approach and will be implemented through community-based approaches with considerable emphasis on skills development in the targeted community.

The end result of the project will witness the provision of safe drinking water and conducive sanitary environment as well as employment and business opportunities for Clara Town's 74,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile, Lamba has disclosed that it is the desire of the UN to extend the project to other worst Ebola-affected slum communities like West Point and New Kru Town, among others.

The Clara Town project is the initial phase of the project, he said. LINA BMK/TSS/PTK

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