125 young people from Kombo South fishing community of Gunjur are currently
participating in a hands-on training on Do-nou Technology in the rehabilitation
and maintenance of a 2.5 kilometer road that links the Kartong highway to the
Gunjur fish landing site.
The project is funded by Japanese government through the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) for creating more employment opportunities for young people.
John Kipyegon, Community Road Empowerment (CORE) representative said ‘Do-nou’ is a Japanese word for gunny bag with soil wrapped in it.
Mr. Kipyegon said Do-nou technology is a soil re-enforcement technique that involves the use of gunny bags filled appropriately with either sand, farm soil or gravel with a properly secured opening. “It creates a road base capable of supporting road traffic with minimal expenses and no machinery,” he said.
National project coordinator Fanding Kinteh said the young people are putting worthy effort towards the realization of the project, saying they have shown their potential and skills in implementing the innovative method of improving the road.
Mr. Kinteh said the Do-nou technology has helped both skilled and unskilled youth to acquire adequate knowledge on the side of construction and maintenance.
Alfongs Mendy from Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) said the institution is glad to be associated with the Do-nou technology project, assuring that GTTI support the project by providing transfer of skills and also incorporating it into their curriculum so that people can make the best use of it in the country.