communities of Kankurang and Kafenkeng water and sanitation projects have been
boosted by Riders for Health (RFH) The Gambia, with a total amount of D100, 000
for drilling of boreholes in their respective communities.
The cheques were presented to the beneficiaries on Friday at Kankurang village. The projects are supported by Riders for Health through an Indian NGO; Gram Vikas in 2014.
Officials say the two projects would provide pipe borne water and sanitary facilities such as toilets and bathrooms to all the households in the two communities using solar powered water pump system.
Riders for Health deputy director responsible for community services Ali O. Ceesay said the new boreholes would replace the well that the communities use as water collection point. He said his office was contacted by the villages for support since their old wells are insufficient to serve their needs.
Kankurang Village Alkalo Alieu Badjie praised Riders for Health for coming to their aid, saying when drilled, the borehole will help in addressing their water constraints.
According to him, over the past three months, both Kankurang and Kafenkeng were facing serious challenge to access water due to water level depletion which caused the pumps to choke and eventually burn. “These projects will go a long way in alleviating our water problem. I am appealing for others NGOs and philanthropists to help us with pumping machines which remain a challenge to us.”
Kankurang Imam Modou Touray, commended Riders for Health for complementing government efforts by supporting the provision of clean and safe drinking water and proper sanitary facilities for the people of the two communities.
Riders for Health monitoring and evaluation officer Kenbugul Diko appealed to the beneficiaries to put strong mechanism for the repair and maintenance of the boreholes when completed.
Mariama Badjie hailed the efforts of Riders for Health for supporting the improvement of their livelihood, describing the intervention as timely.
Contractor Lamin Badjie of Water and Sanitation for Africa promised officials of Riders for Health and the two villages that he will work very hard to complete the project within the shortest possible time.