Red Cross Recommits to Provide Fresh Water in Communities

first_imgAs people globally celebrated World Water Day on March 22, the Liberian Red Cross has renewed its commitment to focusing attention on the provision and sustainable management of freshwater resources. The LNRCS Focus Point Ambullai Perry in a release noted that many people especially in rural and slum communities are drinking from creeks and wells located in swamps due to limited access to good drinking water facilities.The Liberian Red Cross release quotes Mr. Perry saying that there are often outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera and malaria among community people, especially children due to poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water, a situation, he said is leading to the death of many children.Mr. Perry maintained that the Red Cross is unwaveringly determined to complement the efforts of government in addressing the issue of water borne diseases by erecting sufficient water facilities and re-establishing water points that were disrupted during the Ebola outbreak.Some communities including Dolo and Nyeamah towns were hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus, affecting many people and leaving the community vulnerable. While the residents are still nursing their pain for losing families to the deadly virus, poor hygiene, sanitation and lack of safe drinking water is another crisis worsening their living condition. The Liberian Red Cross with support from its partners IFRC is targeting at least 60 communities for the provision of sustainable water facilities in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties as its transitions from Ebola emergency to recovery. The Danish Red Cross is already supporting the Liberian Red Cross in the provision of fresh water in 45 communities in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties. The Liberian Red Cross’ Community Environmental Health Project supported by the ICRC-Swedish Red Cross is also helping to improve access to fresh water in some communities in Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee. “We are thankful to our partners, who continue to support us in providing safe water to the communities. This is enabling us to make the difference for these communities which suffer from water related problems. We are also encouraging the communities to properly manage and sustain the facilities because water is life,” Mr. Perry pointed out in the release.In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. The day is being celebrated each year worldwide to draw attention to the global populations that are suffering from water related issues and to create awareness of how people can manage water to keep their lives healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Durham leads Poly to right start

first_img The Jackrabbits rebounded to win the last two meets for its ninth consecutive championship. “We already know we train for the end of the season,” Durham said. “This year, we already beat them and so it looks that much better for later. That’s what pushes us because we don’t want to be the team that ends the streak.” The defending champion Poly girls went 6-0. Poly lifted by senior Tava Tedesco who won in 20:48 held off Wilson, 26-29, to overcome a 3-4 finish by Jamie Emery (21:48) and Ashley Hobelman (21:50). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Durham covered the hilly, 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 17 seconds to lead a Jackrabbit sweep of the first three places to give Poly a head start toward an unprecedented 10th Moore League title in a row under hot and dry conditions. Seniors Victor Muro and Joseph Griego finished second and third in 17:19 and 17:30 for Poly on its home course. The Jackrabbits finished 6-0 in the meet scored as combined dual meets involving all league schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Durham’s brother Chad, who won the 1997 State Division I title, to help the Jackrabbits to the state team title helped kick off the Poly string of league titles. Brothers Aaron, a 2000 graduate, and Bryan, a 2002, graduate were members on the 1998 Poly state champion team. “We want to get that streak to a decade for Poly,” Ethan Durham said. “What they have done is always on the back of my mind. (My brothers) have talked to me about it and not to mess it up.” Durham was in fourth over two loops of the hilly, three circuit course before overtaking Wilson’s C.J. Brewer and Casey McCombs. Poly coach Mike Fillipow emphasized a conservative start on the challenging course and warm conditions. “We talked about how this was race to be run, but they ran it to perfection,” Fillipow said. “I was blown away by it.” Thursday’s competition was the first of three league meets, culminating with the finals worth 50 percent on Nov. 3. Poly defeated Wilson, 25-30, to avenge a defeat to the Bruins in the first league meet last fall. center_img The Poly High boys cross country team’s dominance of the Moore League has spanned three CIF State Division I titles over the last decade and a generation of four members of the Durham family. Senior Ethan Durham continued the tradition in the first Moore League cluster meet at Discovery Well Park in Signal Hill on Thursday. last_img read more