The Last Well Helps Combat Ebola Outbreak by Bringing Clean Water to 250,000 Liberians

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Access's non-profit partner organization needs more donations to meet goal of reaching all Liberians by 2020.

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Nearly one million Liberians don’t have access to safe hand-washing stations and clean drinking water. We’ve solved that problem for approximately 250,000 people this year and plan to reach that many or more in 2015.

International media outlets have focused their attention on West Africa in light of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. By far the hardest hit country is Liberia, with over half of the recorded deaths within its borders. American military personnel and hundreds of aid workers from international agencies have descended on Liberia and the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea in an effort to stem the tide of the deadly disease. 

In the midst of the suffering, chaos and political challenges, The Last Well has quietly moved across the Liberian countryside completing nearly 400 water projects, reaching an estimated quarter million Liberians with water so far this year. Led by founder, Executive Director Dr. Todd Phillips, the Christian organization has been working in Liberia for six years with the goal of providing access to clean water and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with every Liberian, border to border, by 2020. To date, The Last Well has reached 700,000 people.

“In a year where many aid organizations are shutting their doors and fleeing Liberia, we, by God’s grace, are moving town to town and village to village providing clean water,” Phillips said. “Simply washing hands with clean water is one of the most powerful tools for Liberians to protect themselves against Ebola.”

The Last Well, through matching grants and donor commitments, has an estimated $6 million committed between now and 2020. The organization needs an additional $4 million to complete its task by the end of the decade. Having access to clean water will not only help check the spread of Ebola, but will also prevent thousands of the water-borne illnesses that kill up to 700 Liberians each week.

“Nearly one million Liberians don’t have access to safe hand-washing stations and clean drinking water,” Phillips said. “We’ve solved that problem for approximately 250,000 people this year and plan to reach that many or more in 2015 as we move toward our goal of reaching all Liberians by 2020. The drilling teams are in place and we have evangelists and church planters in every region of the country. All we need are the funds to complete the mission.”

To help the Last Well fulfill its mission, go to https://thelastwell.org/get-involved/give/

About The Last Well

The Last Well exists to do something that has never been done: “provide access to clean water for the entire nation of Liberia — border to border — and offer the Gospel to every Liberian we serve by 2020.” At the same time, we’re encouraging the next generation of Christ-followers to live out God’s purpose for the church and to be the agent of change for the world, regardless of the need. Learn more at http://www.thelastwell.org.

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