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EU to Fund Water Project in 529 Schools

first_imgThe Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann has disclosed plans by EU to fund water project for 529 schools in nine counties.Ambassador Intelmann made the disclosure during a tour with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the C.D.B. King Memorial High School where Liberia’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) schools was launched.The EU Ambassador, who had earlier asked the Liberian government to identify priority areas in the post-Ebola crisis for assistance disclosed that for EU to contribute to the recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the European Union has established the regional fund under the name, “A West African Response to Ebola (AWARE).”Under this program, the Ambassador indicated EU’s support to WASH in schools contributes to government’s efforts in reopening schools and a minimum requirement to enable schools to reopen.Making the commitment, Ambassador Intelmann said, “By the end of 2015, 529 schools across nine counties of Liberia will have water through EU funding.”According to her, EU has awarded five grants to non-governmental organizations with expertise in WASH for action on behalf of EU.The non-governmental institutions concerned include Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Concern Worldwide, Plan Nederland, Save the Children Nederland and Oxfam GB.Counties in which schools will benefit are Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Margibi and Bong.Ms. Intelmann intoned that the objective for “EU Support to Promote Access to Safe Water in Schools in Liberia” is to ensure that there is access to clean water in the schools and mobilizing communities, promoting hygiene awareness and proper use of the established infrastructures.The project will consider the constructions of new wells and boreholes in schools, that currently have no access to water and the existing infrastructures will be repaired; some NGOs will complement the construction of wells and boreholes with minor repairs of latrines and/or set up hand washing units. Schools and communities will also be targeted for hygiene awareness activities.  Training will be offered on the use and basic maintenance of the WASH infrastructures and each school will receive repair kits. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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First-Place Men’s Basketball Heads to UNI

first_imgStory Links Live Audio Live Stats Fresh off its sixth win in its last seven games, the Drake University men’s basketball team takes its Missouri Valley Conference-leading 5-1 record to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for its annual meeting with UNI Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the McLeod Center. Tipoff for the 71st meeting between the two in-state foes is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on Panther Sports Network affiliates and ESPN3.Panther Sports Network includes Cedar Falls Utilities Ch. 15/HD415, KCRG Ch. 9.2, WHO 13 D-2, KGCW Ch. 26, NBC Sports Chicago, KSMO – Kansas City.The Bulldogs sit in first place in the MVC standings at 5-1 after cruising past Evansville, 81-65, Saturday afternoon. The win was the second MVC win of 15 or more points this season and made the Bulldogs 7-0 at home this season for the first time since 2011-12. On the road, the Bulldogs have won two MVC road games this season, equaling the combined total from the previous three seasons.UNI collected its first conference win of the season Saturday with an 81-76 home victory over Valparaiso. Seven of the Panthers’ nine wins this season have come at the McLeod Center where Drake has not won since Feb. 18, 2009.The Bulldogs’ quick start to the MVC season, their best since 2007-08, has been fueled in part by the play of Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.). The junior is coming off a career-high 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks against Evansville while shooting 9-of-10 and making his first eight shots in the win. Against MVC competition this season, he is averaging 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 59.6 percent to rank 11th in MVC scoring and fourth in rebounding.McGlynn’s offensive production has helped bolster the team’s assist numbers as the Bulldogs lead the MVC and rank in the top 50 nationally in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. The Bulldogs are coming off a season-high 22 assists in the win over Evansville on 28 made field goals and have now recorded 20 or more assists in three of their six MVC contests. In the team’s last seven games, 66.3 percent of the team’s baskets have been assisted and the team has had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in six of those games. Following Tuesday’s contest, the Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center to host the MVC preseason favorite, Missouri State. Tipoff with the Bears is scheduled for 3 p.m.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Drake Game Notes ESPN3 last_img read more

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