Momodou Joof – Ping Charity’s man on the ground in The Gambia
Ping Charity is very fortunate to have teamed up with Momodou over the last 7 years. Momodou, as well as being a school master has a very keen interest and commitment to helping people in rural villages to develop sustainable projects. He does this through a Gambian charity which he set up and runs, Future Farmers of Gambia (FFG). While Momodou is not paid a salary by Ping Charity, when he was actively involved in overseeing our projects his expenses were paid.
In the last year there has been a lull in our activities as we try to raise funds for another village’s water system. During this period and for the remainder of this year Momodou is concentrating on the establishment of three projects to supplement his modest teacher’s pension.
What he learns from this work will enable us to replicate some of these projects into other villages to enable them, among other things, to generate sufficient funds to maintain their Water Systems and improve their market gardening activities.
The projects are,
1) Fish Farming. By using Compressed Earth Blocks which we make with our own equipment he has built a 25mt by 10mt in ground tank through which there will be a regular flow of fresh water.
2) BeeKeeping. While some of our villages have beekeeping, it has not developed to the extent we expected. Momodou has now built 30 new hives, more than half of which have been colonised, and hopes over the next year to add another 30. With the knowledge he gains and his example we hope to encourage more BeeKeeping in The Gambia.
3) Poultry Farming. There is a Gambian Government sponsored programme which offers help and assistance to folks who wish to start poultry farming. However it is necessary to have your buildings & facilities approved before assistance will be provided. With the know-how in this area which Momodou is accumulating he will be well positioned to help others who wish to set up poultry farming.
All ages are happy to get involved!
The poultry shed in the making!