her effort to provide clean and safe drinking water for the community of Basori
village in Kombo East District, a United States philanthropist Irma Sharpe,
Wednesday commissioned a water borehole in the community that she
The rehabilitation was facilitated by Edrissa Sonko, a native of the community and a friend of the donor, which included the purchase of Lorentz water pumping machine and ten solar panels at the tune of 400, 000 dalasi.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, village Alkalo Momodou Jabang praised the donor for coming to their aid, saying that over the past four to five years, access to safe and clean water was their major constraint. He said the rehabilitation of borehole will go a long way in alleviating the problem of water in the village, while calling on others to emulate the gesture of the philanthropist, describing her as a true friend of Basori.
Vice chairman of the Village Development Committee Ebrima Camara, urges community members, particularly young people to emulate the good work of Edrissa Sonko, who facilitated the gesture.
Irma Sharpe thanked the villagers for the rousing welcome accorded to her, saying she feels happy to hand over the rehabilitated borehole which, she said was a dream for the villagers.
She told the gathering that she has been receiving information about the development issues of the village through her friend Edrissa Sonko and decided to come and see for herself, that’s when she realized that the village has a problem of water, she decided to help.
The donor also donated 300 bags of cement and equipment for the construction of the village football field and promised to build a bakery within a short period to create employment for the young people of the village.
She thanked her husband, family and friends for their contribution to the success of the project, while reiterating her commitment to the cause of the village.
Link facilitator Edrisa Sonko thanked the donor for the assistance, saying he feels proud to see his dream come true.
National Assembly member for Kombo East Lamin F.M. Konta commended the donor for complementing government efforts in the provision of clean and safe drinking water for the people of The Gambia.
He said rehabilitation of the borehole will help in addressing the water shortage in the village and provide adequate water. “Water is a necessity to all human beings; without it there cannot be life. Beneficiaries must make the best use of the project and ensure its sustainability.”
On behalf of the village women, Neneh Sonko hailed the efforts of the donor in improving the livelihood of the community, while promising that they will take ownership and maintain a good upkeep of the borehole.