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JOYE hands over Mbollet-Ba water project

Sep 1, 2020, 1:33 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Jurarim Organisation for Youth Excellence (JOYE), a US non-profit that seeks to create a conducive learning environment for underprivileged children in The Gambia on Saturday handed-over its first funded water supply project in The Gambia to Mbollet-Ba village in Lower Nuimi District, North Bank Region.

The project is being funded at the tune of three hundred and fifty thousand dalasis (D350, 000).

At the handing-over ceremony, Mathew A. Gomez, JOYE’s chief executive officer for education described the project as one in line with The Gambia’s Development Agenda policy of promoting development at the grassroots level as well as in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Further, the project is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure of which JOYE is embarking on.

“Access to clean water is not only a basic need of mankind, but a necessity to sustain all forms of life in the world”, Mr Gomez said.

According to him, water scarcity and lack of access to water by the poor are among the main obstacles to full enjoyment of the right to water.

He said he is confident that the new water supply system funded by JOYE will ensure not only easy access to water, but also an efficient and a regular water supply system for the whole community.

He therefore called on the community to ensure the maintenance and sustainability of the project.

Modou Corr, Alkalo of Mbollet-Ba village thanked JOYE for the project, which he said, would benefit a lot of households in the community.

Corr explained that the community has been faced with water shortage for a long time and thus appealed to other philanthropists for another borehole as the community is growing and requires water for their survival.

Baba Bah, chairman of Mbollet-Ba Village Development Committee, hailed Paradise TV for visiting the community to find out about some of constraints the community faces and for ensuring that they get assistance.

Mariama Joof, a resident appealed for electricity and a health post for the community, which she said, is one of the biggest in the region.

Ebou Njie, another resident said one cannot effectively worship Allah without water and therefore thanked JOYE for the project.

JOYE’s North Bank representative Amat Joof revealed that they have been supporting the education and agriculture sectors across the country.

He called on others to complement government efforts in bringing about sustainable development at the grassroots as government cannot do it all alone.

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