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Provision of clean water for all

Jan 27, 2012, 12:28 PM

Providing all communities with safe and clean drinking water will undoubtedly reduce their vulnerability to getting waterborne diseases.

Despite efforts by the government and development partners, women in some parts of the country still spend hours a day fetching water.

When faced with a survival situation, clean drinkable water is often the most important consideration.

Some community members for many years relied upon hand pumps to get safe drinking water for their daily consumption.

It is a fact that in some communities women and young people still wake up very early in the morning to wait around wells and tanks to get water.

People have survived without food for weeks or even months, but go without water for even just a day, and the survivor will be in desperate need of water.

We therefore welcome the joint efforts of Child Fund Germany in collaboration with Child Fund the Gambia to provide a good source of safe drinking water to more communities in the West Coast Region.

The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Child Fund Germany, was meant to help people living around that end access clean drinking water.

We have learnt that the project would improve access to clean drinking water for a total of 30,000 inhabitants in 12 communities of the West Coast Region of The Gambia.

This is a welcome development and we urge the stakeholders in the implementation process including the beneficiary communities to ensure its successful completion and sustainability.