United Purpose – an international NGO operating in The Gambia through it Baluu
Timaringo project on Tuesday handed over 15 new motorbikes to its field workers
at a ceremony held at it office along the Kairaba Avenue.
The motorbikes, officials said were valued at four hundred and thirty four thousand, seven hundred and seventy-two Euros.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, United Purpose Programme Manager, Ousman Jammeh, said the handing over of the 15 motorcycles was a join proposal done by the United Purpose, and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the European Union additional fund for food certification.
According to him they have 6 local NGOs throughout the country, saying that the handing over of the motorbikes is the second of its kind. He recalled that last year they did a similar presentation of about 10 motorbikes to field workers across the country, making it a total of 25 motorbikes.
“The objective of donating the motorcycles is ed at reducing micro nutrition deficiency from pregnant women and children in The Gambia, through sustainable and integration for food certification.”
The ‘Baluu Timaringo Project’, he said, operates in five regions of the country working with local NGOs with a view to help them reduce malnutrition throughout the country for the fact that there is a problem of malnutrition throughout the country especially pregnant women, latrine mothers and children under 5.
“The project is a 4 years project which started in 2017 and will end in 2021. In each of the regions, we work with mother clubs taking into account that mother clubs have been here for some time. Therefore, this project has come to strengthen them in order to reach the pregnant women and their children under 5 years.”
The United Purpose Programme Manager said they are targeting 300 mother clubs across the country. “Currently, we have reached 151 mother clubs. However, by the end of October, November of 2018, we will be reaching the whole target of 300 mother clubs,” he stated
Ismaila Jarju, project coordinator, United Purpose, spoke at length on the significance of the gesture, while commending EU and FAO for the support. He challenged the beneficiary field worker to redouble their efforts in making sure that they achieve their fundamental objectives, adding that the issue of transportation has now been a history.
“We are not here witch-hunting any of the field workers. Notwithstanding, if anyone of you fails to deliver as expected the individual will not be paid his/her salary until what is expected is done properly,” Jarju emphasized.
Baai Jaabang, the executive director of Trust Agency for Rural Development, thanked FAO, EU and United Purpose for the donation of the 15 motorcycles.
This, he added, will go a long in way in addressing one of the top challenges they have been encountering, while describing the handing over of the motorbikes as relevant. He, however, challenged his co- workers to leave up to expectation and use the motorbikes for it intended purpose.