Liberia. A Humanitarian First
For the first time In history, an entire country that did without now has clean water in even the most remote regions, border-to-border. Being able to reach this humanitarian milestone feels incredible. Thank you for your purchase, which makes this kind of significant, life-changing, history-making giving possible.
The use of Sawyer water filters was able to reduce diarrhea by over 90%.
- Diarrhea reduction
- Work and school days recaptured associated with waterborne sickness
- Purchased water savings and medical savings associated with waterborne sickness
Reaching the corners of the rugged, West Africa nation took over a decade of scouting, methodical assessment, and determined ground teams. Discover the challenge and impact through the stories below.
3.2 MILLION+ LIVES TRANSFORMED
On November 12th, history was made. In a multi-charity effort led by The Last Well, the final village in Liberia received Sawyer filters, marking the beginning of basic clean water access, border-to-border, for the entire nation.
Liberia is the first developing country in history to reach this achievement as described by UN Sustainability Goal #6, completely rewriting what’s possible for global humanitarian aid.
To understand the scale of its success, let’s take a look at The Liberia Project by the numbers:
·Years to complete: 12
·Wells drilled: 3,717
·Sawyer Filters donated: 130,000+
·Filter villages: 7,468
·Diarrhea reduction: 90%+
·Estimated lives saved: 150,000+
·Lives impacted: 3,200,000+
Though impressive, these metrics fall short in telling stories of life change. We are unable to quantify the complexity of reaching Liberia’s remote corners, just as it’s impossible to measure the kindled joy found in Liberian communities. For these things, we lean into stories, faces, and moments captured over the past 12 years.
Waterborne Illness Reduction
Liters Filtered a Day
Years Lifespan per System
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LIVES SAVED, COMMUNITIES TRANSFORMED.
Through new technology, research teams are collecting and processing data from 100,000+ filters, showing restored monetary income and diarrhea reduction by over 90%.
INTERVIEW WITH ELIJAH HARLIE
Elijah Harlie was a project manager and key figure in the Liberia Project. What challenges did he face along the way? What did it look like to have a network of Liberians for the project?
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Sawyer x the last well
In 2009, a group of young adults catalyzed in an effort to foster lasting change in their lifetime, and The Last Well was born. At that time, Liberia was the 2nd poorest country in the world. A civil war had gutted the country’s infrastructure, and the nation was considered the most miserable place on earth. By 2014, matters compounded with a terrible Ebola outbreak. This group of young adults accepted the challenge of border-to-border clean water, an unprecedented feat for a developing country, and The Last Well was born.