Self-help project is essential for communities

Friday, April 20, 2018

One of the most important things one can be proud of; is to essentially empower your own people. The execution of self-help projects at one’s own area can be an effective tool for community development.

Therefore the people of Jarra in the Lower River Region of The Gambia have indeed set the ball rolling especially in education and information communication.

The UK Jarra Association’s construction of a multi-purpose science and computer lab project at Soma Senior Secondary School is something that deserves emulation. It’s milestone achievement to construct in one’s own home such an important facility.

The association did not stop from doing such a wonderful national building initiative. It went further miles to provide scholarship packages for deserving students and teachers as a mean of encouraging both teachers and students to do well within their communities. This initiative is important because it helps ensure effective education in schools and homes within our communities.

The difference in development between rural and urban settings in this country is brought by government concentrating social amenities in the urban centres at the expense of our rural settings, making rural-urban migration the only option for young people looking for economic opportunities to embark.

Indeed there are evidence in literature that this kinds of actions taken by the UK Jarra Association do not only help realise that self-help is an essential optimum development, but also for the awareness that self-help projects can tremendously improve the living standards of everybody in the rural settings and improves their status.

As a result of the role of self-help in national development, communities engage in self-help activities are enjoying the support of the various governments at different levels across the world.

They assist individuals, communities to develop to the extent that their human and materials resources can help them in economic transformation.

The UK Jarra Association envisages a situation where children will born, raise and educate in Jarra without moving beyond their family homes, as opposed to what was tenable.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
Coretta Scott King