GOLDEN FOUNDATION SCHOOL GANTA CITY, LIBERIA 

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 29, 2022

Golden Foundation Elementary and Junior High School is located in the Boe community, which is part of Ganta City, in the province of Garr-Bain.

The school originally used an open hand dug well that now produces contaminated water and often has long lines of people waiting to gather water. It is not a deep hand dug well, so it takes time to pull water from the well.  Or the students go out daily in search of water before they go to school.

THE CURRENT WATER SOURCE FOR THE SCHOOL

Everyone in the community is in the same situation, and tempers can get heated if a child has water and someone else doesn’t want to go searching for water themselves.  Children have come to school with teeth broken out and bruising from these fights. Community members struggle with waterborne illnesses as well.  Mothers can have issues feeding their babies when they do not drink enough water to nurse. Water is so difficult to find, that they use it sparingly. Growing a garden is not possible because it is too difficult to water the plants.  Lack of food is another issue.  The water they do find to collect is contaminated with  parasites and waterborne illnesses such as dysentery and typhoid.  This causes the students to miss school, and adults to feel sluggish and weak,  or to miss work  themselves.  What money they do earn  often is spent in search of medication for “runny tummy”/diarrhea.  There is a cycle of hopelessness throughout the community.

Living Water International’s program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting
physical and spiritual development in communities, through a multi-year program that is focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability. This project is within our WPA of Garr-Bain, Liberia.

Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support during the first six years, until the local water committees and community have gathered enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household, and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well caregiver will be equipped to do the ongoing general care.

Life will be different for this community once the new well is completed. This project will be located at the local school, which will allow the children to take safe water home with them after school, and close enough to home to gather water before school. Community members will also have access to the new well. Hygiene and sanitation education will be taught in the community and at the school. It will become part of their daily life, stopping the transmission of germs, and spreading the understanding of waterborne illnesses and how not to get these.

Women will be able to grow a small garden or have time to sell items at the marketplace, instead of spending hours collecting water.
Children will not be missing school, so they can complete their education and concentrate while at school. Families will be able to keep the money they earn, and use it towards food and other physical needs.  There will be a feeling of hope and opportunity within the community.

Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. Their purpose is to engage with the local churches/pastors/church members, speaking to unity, spiritual growth and how to be health advocates within their communities.  Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral trainings or pastoral fellowship activities to unite Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.