Completed Safe Drinking Water Supply
Completed Community Washroom
Completed Equipment Training and Support Services
Completed Health and Hygiene Training Program
Completed Pump Repair Project
Completed Pump Replacement Projects
Meet the Team
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Overview of Lifewater's WaSH Work in Liberia

Liberia WaSH water and sanitation (watsan) map

Child With GunNo one knows the value of safe water and sanitation (WatSan) more then the people of Liberia. In 1990, Liberia's 127 years of peaceful democracy was shattered when a bloody, 16-year civil war erupted. Boys were recruited as child soldiers and many girls were forced to serve as sex slaves. Over 200,000 people were killed, most water supplies were destroyed and people started a desperate search for water which continues today. Few wells exist and most are contaminated, broken or over used. Many villagers are forced to draw water from stagnant swamps and water-borne diseases (dysentery, cholera, infectious hepatitis) are common.

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In 1995, Lifewater was invited to help Liberians' address this WatSan crisis. Lifewater volunteers were asked by the European Union and the Liberian Government to conduct the first systematic testing of 150 communal wells in Monrovia. This Report noted that:
  • Most wells had sanitation problems;
  • 30% of the pumps required repair;
  • 37% of the wells had yield problems;
  • The average water temperature was 83 degrees and nearly every well had active bacterial populations. Half the wells had coliform and/or pathogenic bacteria.

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We responded by selecting appropriate technologies and introducing WatSan programs and WaSH training. Today, the Liberian team drills wells, installs and maintains hand pumps, builds washrooms and provides health & hygiene education. Tens of thousands of Liberians have benefited from this work which has saved the lives of hundreds of children!

However, the OECD still ranks Liberia as one of 34 countries furthest away from International Development Goals. With your support, we continue to help Liberia re-build by focusing on WaSH programs in priority areas such as schools, clinics, orphanages, and rural villages without safe water or sanitation.


Meet the Team

Tommy Towalid Tommy Towalid, Board Chairman

Currently working for a cell-phone company, Tommy helps the team stay current with technology. He provides a valuable bridge between local workers and overseas guests since he always arrives on-time for meetings! Tommy is a committed, hard-working man who helps guide the team by providing valuable input during board-level decision making.
James Barr James Barr, Treasurer & Board Member

James Barr is the owner of Barr Trading Compound opposite Parker Paint in Paynesville. Since 1997, he has supported the work of Lifewater in Liberia by providing offices, warehouse space and secure vehicle storage for a nominal monthly fee. He volunteers many hours each week ensuring that L-Linc's finances are carefully managed and that donor dollars are spent wisely.
Sarah Taylor Sarah Taylor, Board Member

Dedeh Jones Dedeh Jones, Board Member

George Yarngo George Yarngo, Board Member & Government Advisor

George is a Hydrogeologist, providing the Liberian Ministry of Public Works with badly needed professional expertise. Since the 1995 water conference, he has helped the Lifewater program succeed in Liberia by providing technical advise. He helps the Board and workers understand the value of staging work, of conducting community-level assessments prior to mobilizing, and creating multi-year goals and development plans.
Robert Bimba Robert Bimba, Board Member (Staff Relations Liasion)

James Ngunda James Ngunda, Board Member (Partnership Relations)

Saye Waquoi Saye Waquoi, Project Coordinator

Saye Waquoi joined Lifewater in February 2014 as a mechanic, and later took the position of Office Administrator, and presently as Acting Project Coordinator. He earned a BBA Degree in Management from the Stella Maris Polytechnic, Roman Catholics Archdioceses of Monrovia and a Vocational Diploma in General Mechanics from Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Liberia.
Patience T. Yalartai Patience T. Yalartai, Office Assistant & Community Mobilization Member

Patience was born 1978 and graduated high school in 2002 from Rock International School. From 2003 - 2005 she obtained her First Aid Nursing Diploma from T-Girl First Aid School and from 2006 - 2007 was employed at the IAW Community Clinic. While working, she studied part-time at the New Hope School of Health Sciences. She has been working with Lifewater Liberia since 2009 as a Health & Hygiene Educator and has started to take on more administrative assistant responsibilities in the office recently. She loves teaching and helping people in the villages they visit, understand the importance of safe and clean water the most. She teaches them how good hygiene and proper use of latrines are needed along with clean water in their communities. She is passionate about ensuring people in Liberia understand that clean water that is good for their health. She finds her interactions in the villages most rewarding as the communities truly appreciate the hard work of Lifewater. Her dream would be to see Lifewater have enough funding to train and support more staff to teach this important lifesaving information to more adults and children across Liberia.
Henry Yogie Henry Yogie, Lead Driller

Yogie is a man of few words who loves to drill wells! He cares for the machines and always gives his very best. His eagerness to work and his willingness to get dirty and to learn from past mistakes make him a valuable asset to the team. His strength, rugged good looks and ability to work younger men into the ground hide that fact that he is approaching 60 years of age! As a bonus, Yogie he can drive both motorcycles and pick-up trucks!
Rocky Kollie Rocky G. Kollie, Pump Repair Technician

Rocky is a polite, hard-working humble man. It was only after years of getting to know him that we learned that he had been a member of Liberia's National Soccer team! He is passionate about his work repairing pumps since he has seen what happens to community health when pumps are allowed to sit broken.
Joe QuaQua Joseph Qua Qua, Truck Driver and Field Assistant

Joe keeps the valuable Lifewater trucks running and is the only one entrusted with driving the large, 6-Ton truck to carry supplies and equipment to work sites in up-country counties. Joe provides visiting volunteers with peace of mind, always showing up early when transportation is required!
Elton Thomas Joseph Elton Thomas, Driller

Elton was born in 1979 at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County. His primary education was at the Assembly of God Mission School in Sergeant Kollie Town and he obtained his high school diploma & WAEC Certificate from the Suakoko Government School. Elton joined Lifewater Liberia in February 2007 as a driver and rapidly moved up into a position of being one of two LS100 Drillers. His prayer "is to God Almighty and our Partners to build for us a better Lifewater and improve our skill in our day to day activity as pump technician and driller."
Fayah Bombo Fayah Bombo, Driller

William Vesselee William O. Vesselee, Mobilization Team Leader

Born in 1976, he completed grade 8 at Presbyterian Todee Mission. He was on his way to school in 1989 when war broke out around him. He ran for his life and endured a tough existence until 1998 when he found his father and learned his mother had died. He persevered through these and other tragedies, graduating in 2003 from Kafita High School. He joined Lifewater in 2008, was trained as a Healthy & Hygiene Worker, obtained his professional driving diploma and became Community Mobilization Team Leader in 2010. He 2012 he became the Handpump Assessment Project Leader, responsible for: assessing status on handpumps & effecting simple repairs. He documents factors contributing to handpumps that are allowed to sit spoiled while people revert to hauling unsafe water from distant sources.
Tawah Bundoo Tawah V. Bundoo, Community Mobilizer

Mrs Bundoo was born in 1973 and is married with 2 children. She obtained her high school diploma in 1995 and from 1995 to 2001 lived as a refugee in Nigeria. After settling back in Liberia, she attended the New Hope School of Health Sciences, graduating in 2007. From 2007 to 2008 she completed a training placement at the Redemption Hospital. In 2008 she was certified by Lifewater Canada as a Health & Hygiene Worker and has worked since as a Community Mobilizer & Hygiene Educator. She helps mobilize communities to actively participate in well drilling and handpump planting projects to ensure that pumps have long lives. She has also co-led over 200 workshops in Communities, Villages, Schools, Churches and Mosques.
Thomas Baokai Thomas Baokai, Maintenance Man

Seku Seku, Maintenance Man

Charles Tarkpor Johnson Charles Tarkpor Johnson, Driller in Training

Frank Green Frank Green, Compound Attendant & CMT Member

Sangbeh_Dennis Sangbeh Dennis, Security Guard

Frances Kaffieh Frances Kaffieh, Security Guard

Peter_Johnson Peter S. Johnson, Security Guard

Wellington Diggs Wellington Diggs, Security Guard

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