Liberia

Half the population of Liberia don’t have a toilet.

Despite the progress of Liberia’s economy since the end of its second civil war in 2003, it still remains one of the poorest countries in the world today.

It is estimated that 76% of the population of Liberia live below the poverty line and 52% live in extreme poverty with less than $0.50 a day.

Just one in four Liberians has access to safe drinking water, according to the World Health Organisation, and half of all Liberians have no access to a toilet and use streams or open areas. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera occur regularly. As many as one in five deaths in Liberia are blamed on water and sanitation problems.

Region

The South eastern region of Liberia particularly in Sinoe County.

Who is being helped

AEL has helped around 25 communities so far. Around 85% of those being helped by AEL with water, sanitation, and hygiene education are elderly.

More than half of those elderly people are widows who lost their husbands as a result of the war and the spread of disease. These people live on less than $0.50 per day.

The project

AEL project activities have mobilised communities to help with latrine construction, to foster a sense of ownership and empowerment.

With the help of the AEL technicians, family members dig their latrine pits to a depth of 10 feet, gather sticks, and create the structure of the latrine.

More than 300 latrines have been built by families. Over 5,700 families still remain in desperate need of latrines, and will receive support from AEL to achieve this.

Is it helping?

Communities say there is much less diarrhoea now, as a result of the latrines being built, and the knowledge they have gained about hand washing and other hygiene principles.