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For the Restoration of Dignity and Hope

November 13, 2018

Here’s a little way you and I can make an enormous difference.

How long were you in the shower this morning?

How easy was it to get water for your coffee?

Or to fill your water bottle?

You get the idea.

Yup, picking up where we left off last week regarding water —

In 1990, Liberia’s 127 years of peaceful democracy was shattered when a senseless civil unrest erupted. Over 200,000 people were killed. People started a desperate search for water, which continues today. Few wells still exist, but most are contaminated, broken, or overused.

Many villagers are forced to drink water from stagnant, bacteria-infested rivers, ponds and swamps and defecate in bushes, rivers, and creeks, the open, etc. As a result, water-borne diseases (dysentery, cholera, infectious hepatitis), are common.

About 75% of Liberians do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Most residents are drinking from unsafe sources of water and do not have access to standard toilets facilities (Sanitation).

Rural towns and villages are usually built along the banks of rivers, creeks, and tributaries. Therefore, what contamination that occurs in one portion affects the other. A classic example: an 18-year-old boy, an epileptic patient, was drowned in the only source of drinking water for a local village comprised of over 300 inhabitants. Unaware of the incident, the villagers kept drinking from the river, but later discovered the decomposed body of the man four days later. Prior to the discovery, an outbreak of diarrhea and running stomach had affected the village, leaving many children seriously ill. This resulted into the death of a child and the hospitalization of an elderly man.

The intervention of the United Methodist Church brought a sigh of relief to the village when a well was constructed in collaboration with the Bassa Concern Citizens Movement, a local community-based organizations within the area. Malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia are the leading causes of death here.

In addition, one major contributing factor is the very limited access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Most people have no choice but to defecate in the open, where both their lives and dignity, together with the health of others are at risk.

These situations and numerous related life-threatening issues prompted the Human Rights Monitor, the Peace with Justice Program of the Liberia United Methodist Church, to develop the Water for Life initiative in 2008. Its mission is to rescue communities and residents from poor living conditions by constructing wells.

This initiative provided and still provides safe drinking water to over 98,000 people. This initiative calls for a robust and proactive engagement, and a mobilization of resources for the construction of the facilities, which will ensure that God’s people are rescued from poor living conditions, and their dignity and hope restored.

— Want to help?

Join me:  Copy and Paste this link, go there, and then Click the large red box towards the top of the screen:

— and one of my favorite parts of this whole UMCOR thing is this: “100% of your gift reaches the mission or ministry of your choice.” 

Let’s review: “100%.” 

Today I’m thankful to be able to have given money there today.

Today I’m thankful for having a small part in the restoration of someone’s “dignity and hope.”

Join me.


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