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Over D1M water project commissioned in Choya village

Jan 30, 2015, 10:49 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

A D1.2 million solar water project was Wednesday handed over to the community of Choya village in Niamina West district of the Central River Region.

The two 5000-liter tanks each will distribute water to eight public taps within the community.

The construction of the borehole took one and a half months.

A Danish national, Christian Jorgensen, through a Dutch foundation from Holland called Rural Poor Association (The Gambia) GAMRUPA-Europe, funded the project.

The inauguration ceremony witnessed a recitation of the holy Quran and was attended by donors, heads of satellite villages and representative of the CRR Governor, among others.

Speaking to reporters, the project funder, Christian Jorgensen from Denmark, said he funded the project from his own money through the GAMRUPA Foundation, after discussing with the villagers to identify their priority needs.

He commended the village youths for providing the labour for the construction of the various taps in the community.

Jorgensen is a board member of GAMRUPA-Europe.

GAMRUPA chairperson Ellen Meulenveld said their foundation assists people, but also challenges them to develop themselves through knowledge and other aspects of life.

She thanked the community for their hard work and commitment, and urged the villagers to find ways to develop themselves.

The project intermediary, Ali Cham, a mapping consultant, said he was the one who met the donors, and told them the need for potable water raised by the community, who later decided to help the community.

The project coordinator, Sambayel Bah, thanked the donors for the gesture, adding that the water supply facility came at a time when it was badly needed, as the community has been without potable water over the years.

He regarded the gesture as complementing the government’s efforts to provide clean water to the people.

The availability of potable water, he said, would minimize illnesses and assured the donors that the facilities would be properly maintained for the benefit of the people.