According to a press release issued by the organization, the event took place on Saturday, March 23 in New York City. It brought together nearly 500 guests, highlighting the African diaspora’s power to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives.
Jones is the first TED Fellow from Liberia. At FACE Africa, she has worked to strengthen water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure and programs in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Liberia’s River Cess.
A recent visit to Sand Beach, River Cess’s largest gold mining camp, has unveiled that the community has no safe drinking water facility in the area.
The World Health Organization estimates that over a quarter of the Liberian population lacks access to clean water supply. Even fewer have access to piped water in their homes. Instead of pursuing a policy of high-quality service, many NGOs and government agencies are fine with providing hand pumps and wells for Liberians, even those in urban areas. Liberians should aim for higher standards. Why should we be satisfied with a lower quality of service?