In March 2013, the Checago Bright Foundation, Inc. funded and built a four-room modern toilet, a hand pump, renovated a public restroom, and provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training in the Gbalasuah Community near the Duala/Caldwell area that supplied approximately 12,000 residents with safe drinking water. This modern facility replaced the dilapidated structures that were no longer serviceable to the community. These projects seek to improve the well-being of community residents and reduce the possibility of waterborne and other communicable diseases from inflicting vulnerable adults and children, especially those under five years old.
Funding for these and other pro-service projects carried out by CBF are generated from contributions from Liberians and friends of Liberia throughout the year. The total amount spent on this project was $11,102.50 USD.
The local leadership of Gbalasuah partnered with the Foundation in the following areas:
- Provided a parcel of land by Mr. Daoda, (Memorandum of Understanding) free of charge to be used for the construction of the public latrine.
- Provided technical expertise and contributed a voluntary assistance throughout the construction process.
- Provided a warehouse and security for the safe keeping of the materials.
- Ensured that adequate water was available to aid construction workers.
- Assisted with the transportation of the materials from the vehicle dropped off point to the construction sites.
Background of the Gbalasuah Community:
The Gbalasuah community is one of many urban slum communities surrounding Monrovia near the Duala, Caldwell junction area. With an approximate population of 12,000, the community contains 200 homes, four elementary schools, six churches, four mosques, one commercial latrine and four non-functional hand pumps. These facilities are inadequate and overused by the large population. More than 65% of the residents in Gbalasuah community are children ages zero to 15 years old. There was no public latrine in the area, as such; many residents were using plastic bags to defecate, then disposing of it during the night. There was also no public hand pump in the area. Because of this, particularly women and children were drinking from a well that was uncovered and very deep. This exposed the residents to high risks for obtaining infectious diseases and living in an unsafe environment.