Gambia Red Cross hands over garden, borehole to Kandonku village

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) on 28th November 2021 handed over garden and borehole facilities to Kandonku village in West Coast Region following their successful completion.

Sometime in 2020, the GRCS conducted an assessment in communities affected by the adverse effects of climate change on the livelihoods of women and it was discovered that there was a felt need to support the women of the most disadvantaged community in West Coast Region in boosting their vegetable production and increase their income level.

Based on the results from the assessment, the GRCS in collaboration with both the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Japanese Red Cross Society was committed to supporting Kandonku in their horticultural gardening.

The GRCS’s key objectives were to reduce vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change on the livelihood of women, including variability at community level and promote, transfer and adoption of adaptation technology for vegetable production. 

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Alasan Senghore, secretary general of the GRCS said the Society’s  continuous engagement with the community is how best the community manages the borehole and garden. He highlighted that the most important thing in this world are delivery and accountability and that is what GRCS tries to achieve in all its intervention.

According to SG Senghore if they do not deliver quality and timely services, not transparent and accountable, the institution will never be credible or get resources which is why many institutions are failing. 

However, he said an institution should deliver timely and quality services based on the needs identified by the community which they did.

He appealed to beneficiaries to make best use of the garden and maintain the borehole facilities. He also appealed to the men to support the women at the garden. He went on to thank the contractor (SWE-GAM), saying since they started the partnership they only had satisfaction.

Mohammed Omer Mukhier, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) regional director for Africa thanked the leadership of The Gambia Red Cross Society for their steadfastness, vision and commitment towards humanity. 

Jung Darboe, Kandonku alkalo said they have never benefited from a project of such magnitude, noting that the resources they realized from the garden within a year brought a lot of development at the community. 

He stated that when women are empowered the entire world is empowered and he therefore thanked the GRCS and partners for their assistance.  

Kuleh Sako, Kandonku women president said the difficulties they had over the years had been eradicated within the year of the project. 

She added that they now have enough water at their garden, noting that they can now cultivate all year-round.

She noted that the project had strengthened their food, health, income and education securities.

However, she appealed for storage facilities, market and transportation for their garden produce.

Yaya Darboe, Village Development Committee chairman said the garden was established in 1978 but the facilities installed for them by the GRCS are one of its kind in the district.  

COB/DAJ/15/12/21

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