In Liberia, we visited in a month, October, that correlates to the end of the rainy season. We now know that it also correlates to times when the remote roads of Liberia are nearly impassable. Fortunately, the World Food Program shared a Land Cruiser, a driver, accommodations, and meals during our time in Nimba County. We were also fortunate to be travelling with our in-country partner, Humanity Care Liberia. They did an incredible job coordinating our visits to a number of schools in need across Nimba County.
One of our goals in Liberia on the recent visit was to check-in on as many of our past water well projects as possible. Of the 16 Strides for Africa water well projects in Liberia since the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, 14 are fully functional, one was under construction, and one was in need of repair after vandals damaged the well trying to remove the well pump. We are happy with these results and are taking the necessary steps to fix the vandalized well from our Liberia water well sustainability fund.
In 2014, we worked closely with David Kiamu to help place Strides for Africa’s first well at a school near his home approximately 5 minutes from the Liberia airport. The Ebola outbreak delayed construction. At our recent check in October 2019, this well continues to serve the beautiful school and the surrounding Disco Hill community. David has been an invaluable partner to help us make more connections in Liberia. David now has presidential intentions in Liberia. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.