Sare Pateh Village, Kiang East District, The Gambia

“The community now has access to clean drinking water. The rehabilitation of this water source makes it sufficient for the community to have access to clean drinking water. There was only one hand pump serving the entire community of about 450 people which makes it encounter severe water shortages resulting into many social and health consequences for the community. The village head Demba Sowe expressed delight and profound joy for the completion of this clean water project. He thanks the donors on behalf of the entire village. Women in the village also expressed joy and delight over the clean water project. Saffie Bah, a school girl of 5th grade said she can now concentrate well in her education not to worry about the trauma and hassle of fetching water.”

“As part of efforts to fight covid-19 especially in vulnerable communities, a hand washing station with soap and other detergents was also installed in the village, to enable people practice hand washing especially before using the hand pump. A concrete water trough was also made, in order for domestic animals like goat, sheep and other livestock can drink from, to avoid water wastage. Training sessions on water sanitation and hygiene will be conducted for the community to better manage the water source.”

This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.