Action Against Hunger, GRCS hands over D1.6M borehole to Jagula

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Action Against Hunger (AAH) with the technical collaboration of The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS)  on Monday inaugurated and handed over D1.6 million drilled Solar Powered Water Pumping and Reticulation Systems funded by the European Union and Thani Bin Abbdullah Al Thani Humanitarian Fund under the “Konkobayo” Project to Jagula village in Upper River Region.

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 transporting the project aims to alleviate this hardship through the provision of boreholes.

The objective of the 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.

Konkobayo project is a nutrition sensitive project being implemented in 40 communities in URR and CRR.

Alasan Senghore, Secretary General of the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) urged the community to ensure the sustainability of the project as well as use the borehole effectively and efficiently.

He pointed out that by coming together to work on their comparative advantage they can develop the country. He expressed their willingness to continue lobbing for funds to do more for the country.

Ablavi Djossou, Country Manager of Action Against Hunger (AAH) also highlighted the importance of the community taking care of the borehole.

Momodou E. Jallow, Program Manager of Action Against Hunger (AAH), said the project is part of a bigger project they have been implementing for the past 3 years. 

Foday Bah, village Alkalo said they had water shortage in the past but the project has addressed it.

Alkalo Bah thanked funders and implementers for providing them clean and safe drinking water which will contribute to the health of the village.

Bukari Sowe, Village Development Committee Chairman said the establishment of the project has brought development to the community.

Juma Bah, Women President of the village, said they only had a single well in the community prior to the project. 

Kebba Sillah, Executive Director of Wuli And Sandu Development Association (WASDA) said the intervention is not based on any favoritism but on a real felt need.

Executive Director Sillah expressed their willingness to continue to work with beneficiaries to lay down plans for the sustainability of the project.

Ebrima Cole, Managing Director of Swe-Gam Company said the borehole will reduce the burden on women and ensure the girl child has enough time to prepare for school. He urged the men to regularly clean the solar panels.

Foday Danjo, Chairman of Basse Area Council thanked funders and implementers for providing clean drinking water for his tax payers. He called on the community to form a water committee which will be responsible for the maintenance of the borehole.

COB/DAJ/15/11/21

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