July 05 2008
The second village of Njongon has been started,this village is on the north bank which is very poor. It does not have the tourists coming accross the river but as it was Momodou’s own village it was the automatic choice for our next move.
The market garden is 5 acres with 8 wells as the village has more people,some 800 in total.This has been completed and the fence surrounding the whole area is being finished in September 2008.
Njongon is also the area where the Future Farmers of the Gambia,a charity set up by Momodou 30 years ago,was trying to develope a training school for the young people. The idea was to teach them animal husbandry and agricultural/rural activities to keep the young in the rural areas. They have historically moved away to the towns and all the desperate conditions with few jobs. At least Momodou dream was to build a school with accomodation to keep them on the land and over the last few months this has been achieved. They have a training hall and four accomodation rooms located half a mile from the main village. The boys have been involved in all the building and setting up of the centre and we are thrilled with their progress.
July 02 2008
We have visited the BBC in London at their request. We were asked to complete an interview with two journalists who had travelled to The Gambia a few weeks ago.They had interviewed our villagers in Bafaluto and witnessed the difference our project had mae to these peoples lives. They had greater depth of feedback than we had experienced and it was very rewarding. They are putting a programme together for BBC World Radio which is to be aired in the next few weeks and this will be on their web site for a few weeks after that.
The Observer Travel Section also completed an interview with us to show how a holiday became a mission, this will appear soon as well.
June 30 2008
Two hand driven brick machines have arrived from Auroville SE India,at a cost of 4000.00 stg ,it only took 3 months to get here but the villagers have been busy building a stock pile of oyster shells during that time.The oyster shells are burnt on an open fire and they become lime ash.This will be mixed with earth and a little cement to make real bricks able to survive the wet season. Our villagers will be able to improve their own houses and then sell the bricks to neighbouring villages. We also intend to make our own bricks for the next water tower,saving money.
April 01 2008
BBC World Service Radio recently visited The Gambia & went out to chat with the folks in Bafaluto, to see & hear first hand what difference Clean Water & the Market Garden had made to their lives. The feed back from the BBC journalists,Vicki Broadbent & Lesley Curwen, was wonderful to hear albeit a lttle embarrassing ! We met with Vicki & Lesley at BBC Headquarters in London & gave them our side of the amazing story. When it’s broadcast we’ll add the clip to the website.
On the same visit to London we met with Louise,the Travel Feature journalist of The Observer, who is planning an article on how a holiday in the sun can be pretty life changing for us and for hundreds of Gambians.
An area of almost 3 acres was cleared and 6 irrigation wells were hand dug to a depth of 8 to 10 metres. These would allow year round irrigation and depending on the vegetable/fruit allow 3 or 4 harvests a year. A substantial fence had to be erected to keep out villager’s animals and wild animals. Tools, seeds and training were also in the budget.
Duration: 5 months
This involved drilling a 6” borehole 80 metres deep. Solar panels were needed to pump the water from this depth to an elevated 20 mt3 Storage Tank from where gravity feeds it to a number of taps throughout the widely scattered village. This project ran concurrently with the garden work.
We supplied Momodou with a laptop and digital camera getting almost daily emails and pictorial updates on progress. We visited Bafaluto in late November and were not disappointed. There was a great “buzz” about the village, clean water would be running before Tobaski (Dec 20th), the garden was being divided up to plots and each household would have its own area to begin cultivating in January 2008. Project completed within budget and on schedule.
Duration: 5 months
We have the two brick machines on site now at Njongon,all the way from the southern tip of India. The villagers have spent weeks gathering oyster shells which they fired in open fires to reduce them to lime. They have bagged 150 bags of lime which will be used with the earth and 15% cement to make the bricks in the manual hydraulic presses. They are then dried in the sun and will be used to repair their own homes first and then sold to surrounding villages. The bricks will be made here for future water tanks.Training has started on site from a local company who have been using the same brick machines for a year already.
The Girls’ Agenda in partnership with For My Sister implemented a summer camp on female genital mutilation
(FGM) and other sexual and reproductive health issues for girls and young women. The activity was
implemented in two phases from the 20th to 30th August, 2015. The aim is to empower girls and young women
with appropriate life skills and knowledge required to be aware of their fundamental human rights and how to
demand for the respect and protection of such rights. A total number of 53 girls and young women were
trained on various modules ranging from life and leadership skills, female genital mutilation, child marriage,
sexual violence, the importance and right to girl’s education, issues of teenage pregnancy and illegal abortion,
comprehensive sexuality education, and entrepreneurship.
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