Moses Owen Browne, Jr
An international conference aimed at seeking solutions to Liberia’s water dilemma is expected to kick off soon in the United States with several local and international actors in attendance.
The week-long event is being held under the theme, “Never Let a Drop of Water to Waste”; and is being organized by the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation.
The Bill Rogers Foundation is an international acclaimed youth group established in 2010 by Mr. Bill Roger, one of Liberia’s most influential athletes.
The foundation is partnering with other international and local groups to address the many constrains face by Liberians in acquiring safe drinking water, health and education, which was triggered during the country’ crisis that ended in 2003.
The conference, which begins July 27- August 1, 2013, is also expected to raise resources aimed at undertaking several projects in Liberian communities.
“The issue of water in my homeland cannot be overemphasized. I have seen and heard about the enormous challenges my brothers and sisters have to go through just to access basic social service. I’m deeply worried every day of my life and this time I must do something to help” Bill Rogers remarked during one of his many visits to Liberia.
According to Bill, Liberia’s water crisis is gaining more international attention as evidence by his charity’s first major event. “Water is life” and every child must have what he called “unhindered access to it” regardless of where they live, who they are and what resources are available.”
Though he praised the government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for allocating funds to the sector, he however maintained that there was a need for more support to the sector.
The week-long event will featured great musical stars and filmmakers both from Liberia, the U.S and the world at large. Some of those include, Emmy Award winning actress, Donzaleigh Abernathy; Hollywood Actor, Dar Dixon; Discovery Channel Trauma Life ER & two times Liberian Olympian record holder.
Others are, Dr. Grace Ann Dinkins; Golden Image Winner & Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador, Julie Endee; Founder and CEO, and Model Tony Abara; and other surprise guest appearances.
Other stars to feature are internationally acclaimed artist Dahai Samuel Gbar, who will be turning night into day with his hottest Liberian music and new dance Azonto from Holland, Dwani Phiri a Zambian base in Indianapolis, the youngest elected Huston Tillotson University Student President, artist Ravosha Mone among others.
WHO IS BILL ROGERS
Bill Rogers (Born 30 September 1985) in Kakata, Liberia is a Liberian runner. He is a graduate of El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas, and of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
He competed in the 1500m dash in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in Debrecen, Hungary in July, 2001.
He currently holds the Liberia national record for the 1500m. He ran a 4:01.56 for the Liberian record in Cotonou, Benin on 27 June 2004.
Rogers was slated to run the 800m representing Liberia in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, but instead joined Sayon Cooper and Kouty Manweh in a boycott of the games due to alleged unfair treatment of the expelled Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) boss, Clemenceau Urey.
In 2010 Bill formed the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation, benefiting and empowering the youth of Liberia
Bill Rogers received an inspiration talks from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president for his upstanding performance during the IAAF world cross country championship in Kenya.