Action Against Hunger, GRCS deliver third borehole to Mbafafu community

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

The Country Manager for Action Against Hunger (AAH), Ablavi Djossou, has assured donors that they can trust the Konkobayo implementing partners which are Women Initiative-The Gambia, WASDA and the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering quality work.

Ms Djossou made these remarks on Wednesday at Mbafafu Village in Sami District, Central River Region North during the handing over of one of the borehole projects implemented by the GRCS.

AAH, with the technical collaboration of the GRCS drilled solar-powered water pumping and reticulation systems under the Konkobayo project funded by the European Union and Thani Bin Abbdullah Al Thani Humanitarian Fund, for communities in Central River and Upper River Regions.

The project of drilling boreholes under the Konkobayo, for Jagula, Sare Jallow and Mbafafu communities is at the tune of over D 6 million Dalasis.

In some upland areas, wells and boreholes are deep and water supply is at the same time scarce especially during the rainy season. Due to the problem of water scarcity plus the heavy labor time involved in water lifting and transportation, the project aims to alleviate this hardship through the provision of boreholes.

The objective of the Konkobayo project is to improve food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities, households and individuals in the targeted districts of Upper River and Central River Regions.

The main areas of intervention include increasing availability and access to quality food through backyard or kitchen garden, community and school garden, productive water, promotion of high nutrient field crops and livestock food safety nets, improving nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive practice like community based IYCF, cooking demonstrations, hygiene, sanitation, access to water and also to strengthen capacity development of food security and nutrition community-based organisations, regional governance and coordination, capacity building, technical advocacy at different levels (local, regional and national) and support to coordination.

The Konkobayo project is a nutrition sensitive project being implemented in 40 communities in URR and CRR by respectively partners; WASDA, WIG and the GRCS joined for the drilling of boreholes.

The AAH Country Manager said they were looking for strong and reliable partners in The Gambia to implement the project and found all the qualities they were looking for in The GRCS, WASDA and WIG.  She thanked GRCS for their commitment, professionalism and dedication in ensuring that they completed a quality borehole drilling in time. “We are proud to have worked with GRCS, WASDA and WIG on this project,” she added.

Alhagie Morro Jawla, Chief of Sami District said the GRCS’s humanitarian efforts, assistance and interventions are not only impacting the lives and livelihoods of Gambians but the entire African continent and the world at large. 

He also commended AAH for trying to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the country.

He also thanked and showed their appreciations to the Women Initiative-The Gambia for eradicating poverty through livelihood, health and WASH interventions in Mbafafu village and the country at large. Chief Jawla emphasis that without water there will be no health and development and called on the Mbafafu people to take good care of the project.

Lamin Kujabi, Director of Planning at Kuntaur Area Council in his inaugural statement said the project will go a long way in complementing government efforts towards attaining access to quality clean drinking water. He called on the government and partners to continue the support as many communities are left in Central River Region without potable and clean drinking water. He called on the community of Mbafafu to jealously protect the borehole and ensure its sustainability.

Alasan Senghore, Secretary General The Gambia Red Cross Society said they are a humanitarian organisation but also work on development and peace. He expressed their commitment to continue working on all the three areas.

Ms Isatou Ceesay, Executive Director of Women Imitative-The Gambia expressed her satisfaction on the level of understanding on the Konkobayo project manifested by the beneficiaries and its impact on the life and livelihood of the people. She also urged the beneficiaries to do financial contributions for the sustainability of the project.

The Village Alkalo Salifu Jawo, Amat Sowe, Chairperson of the Village Development Committee and Kumba Jallow President of the Village Women all expressed their sincere appreciation to the European Union, Thani Bin Abbdullah Al Thani Humanitarian Fund, Action Against Hunger, Women Initiative-The Gambia, the Gambia Red Cross Society and SweGam Company Limited (contractor for the borehole drilling) for providing livelihood activities, health and water which they said has positively impacted on their lives. 

COB/DAJ/19/11/21

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