Upper River Region (URR) communities; Sakabari and Tabuchindeh in Sandu
District have secured a 1.2 million dalasis water supply project from ShearGold
Limited, a United Kingdom global company with a key focus on innovation,
initiative and creativity.
The project title; Methta Foundation –SAI- Kanchan is a water project based in United Kingdom. The Project addresses issues of access to clean drinking water within rural communities.
Presenting the project to the Minister of Lands and Regional Governments at his office on Tuesday, the projects local representative Bai Ebrima Gaye explained that ShearGold is an established and reputable organization that is involved in supplies, procurement and international logistics. “It has over 15 years’ experience working with companies in The Gambia such as The Gambia Ports Authority and NAWEC for the supply of equipment and materials based on its expertise and wide network with well-established manufacturers globally.”
Mr. Gaye said it is within the spirit and in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility that the water supply project for the rural communities of Sakabari and Tabuchindeh was conceived, as a way of giving back to The Gambian people.
He also stated that the project will impact over five thousand rural communities in a positive way and also relieve the under privileged people from the current hardship in obtaining water from the nearby rivers.
Lands and regional governments Minister Musa Drammeh said water is a necessity, adding the project is a step in the right direction. He said the beneficiary communities have been suffering in accessing clean drinking water for long. “Therefore, the local representative of this project should be commended for ensuring that these two villages are supported.”
He declared the need for the project cannot be overemphasized as many communities have to travel for 10 kilometers to the border in Senegal to access water using donkey carts.
Ousman Jobarteh, Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority said the two communities were identified to benefit from the project after they approached GPA for support which led to a good Gambian philanthropist linking them to the UK project.
He also described the project as timely, considering the hardship the two communities face in accessing clean and safe drinking water. “Securing this mighty project for the rural communities is a great development and is geared towards complementing government development agenda. The project is expected to be inaugurated in June 25.”