Living Water Well
Work on the new Medical Center continues on schedule despite the heavy rainy season, the recent recurrence of ebola, and all of the normal challenges of doing a large investment project in Liberia. We now have 44 people working on this project - 44 new jobs in Kakata! Dr. Chris is using this rainy time for more intensive training of the Community Health Workers, as well as finalizing plans for the new programs to be implemented when the new facility opens at year-end.
In mid-June Living Water International provided the new well. While most of the construction crew works on the roof, a smaller group is finishing up the large septic system and small building that will house the solar and diesel generators. The solar generator, built by our solar experts in Washington state, along with the panels and other solar system components are being shipped to Atlanta for shipment to Liberia in September. While one of our goals is to hire and purchase locally, some items of the quality we need are not available in Liberia and must be purchased and shipped from the U.S. Everything is quickly coming together! Now that the walls are up, you can really get a feel for the size and scope of the new 20 room facility.
Since a few new cases of ebola occurred near Kakata at the end of June, out of caution for the health of volunteers, the planned mission trip for roofing experts from the U.S. was canceled at the last minute. Even though these experts are not on-site, we have hired local carpenters and are moving forward with the roof, supported by weekly conference calls, photos, and detailed reports just as we have done with the earlier phases. It is a unique and challenging way of doing construction program management and we are truly grateful for the patience and attention to detail of the Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) management team and the Liberian Construction Contractors. Plumbing and electrical mission teams are still planning to travel, providing it's safe.
Because they are located in Virginia, BGF has graciously taken the lead in coordinating plans for incorporating the telemedicine technologies, provided and supported by the University of Va, into the new clinic. Dr. Chris has been coordinating using the telemedicine application for well over a year now. Beginning this month the weekly construction team calls will be conducted using the telemedicine video conferencing link and new software, connecting Kakata, Liberia with Chicago, St. Louis and Charlottesville in the U.S. Working bugs out before the Medical Center opens. That's really going above and beyond, Thanks BGF!
In addition to the great support we get from our donors at GlobalGiving, this month we set up an AmazonSmile account as another way you can support HWHL's vision. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support HWHL every time you shop at Amazon, no cost to anyone. To set up HWHL as your charitable organization of choice, go to (smile.amazon.com), and chose "Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!" before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, every eligible purchase you make at will result in a 0.5% donation of the purchase price to HWHL.
Thank you all for your continuing support of our work in Liberia!
Finally, a Roof!
Length of Front Passageway