20 years ago, Liberia’s brutal civil war swept destruction through the country, leaving behind a deadly legacy – the wells and pipes which bring people drinking water were destroyed. Today, a shocking 90% of Liberia’s population have limited access to safe drinking water. Millions of people are left with no choice but to drink surface water from creeks, puddles and ponds, all of which carry a risk of potentially fatal waterborne diseases.
A donation today will help build new wells or repair damaged ones to provide access to clean, safe drinking water for people across the country.
Julia is 71 years old and she has lived through a lot in her lifetime. The bloodshed and destruction of the civil war 20 years ago forced her to flee her home in terror with her family. Returning home years later, Julia thought she and her family would finally be safe. But the destruction caused by the war means that Julia and her family do not have safe water to drink and waterborne diseases are now threatening their lives.
An impossible choice
Like millions of people across the country, Julia and her family are forced to drink surface water from a nearby creek. The murky brown water they collect has debris floating throughout it and is filled with dangerous bacteria that can cause life-threatening diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Julia knows the danger that comes with drinking this water. But she has no choice. To not drink it means death through dehydration.
Many of Julia’s grandchildren have been hospitalised due to illnesses caused by the dirty creek water. She has been hospitalised herself with diarrhoea and dysentery. These deadly diseases strike quickly. And the remoteness of their home in the region of Rivercess compounds the danger they face on a daily basis. Their nearest health centre is two hours away. This leaves people with no help when they are at their most vulnerable. When Julia fell ill she was so weak that she had to be carried by her sons on the long journey to the health centre.
We’re building a new well in Rivercess that will provide Julia and her whole community with clean water. We’re also training community volunteers to maintain the well and pipes so that long after our work is finished the community will have clean water for years to come. We’re doing the same for towns and villages across Liberia but we need your help.
What you can do
Millions of people in Liberia are still without clean water. They face the same deadly choice that Julia and her family have faced for years. Drink dirty water and risk a potentially fatal illness, or die from dehydration instead. The need is urgent. A donation from you today will help us to build and repair more wells across the country and bring life-saving clean water to more people.