The group all clothed up ready to go to work catching bees ! Previously they carefully measured twice and cut once while manufacturing their very own beehives. Thirdly an example of skin creams which they will learn to make from honey and wax.
The video shows a colony being transferred from the catcher box to the hive.
In the absence of sufficient funds for another Village Water System we have been looking for other ways to get “meaningful bangs for our limited bucks”.
Drip Feeding is a No Brainer.
1.You only water at the exact point its needed…
2.Weeds nearby die due to lack of water, so less weeding.
3.Reduced leaf disease/fungus since water isn’t being thrown over all of the plants.
4.Falling water also compacts the soil around the plant which has to be regularly loosened up.
5.Addition of fertiliser can either be introduced into the drip feed line or in pellet form at exactly where needed, where the drip is, no wastage.
6.Plants become healthier because they develop a stronger roots system.. Traditional watering moistens the soil down to only between. 15/20cm max, constant drips make the soil moist down to 25/30cms.
7.Also there is significant labour saving. Twice a day bucketfuls have to be pulled up by rope from a 5/6mt deep Irrigation well and then distributed by hand using a bean tin.
8.It’s a water feast or famine twice a day, (not the best for the plants) as opposed to a nice steady drip, which once set up doesn’t need any supervision.
9.The inclusion in the main water hose of an inexpensive AA battery powered Timer enables you to control the time of the day/night and frequency & duration of watering depending on the season & stage of growth of the plants.
10. and on top of all this, a Water saving of approx. 50%
Initial installation of drip feed pipes and below a very healthy crop of squash plants and a copy of a WhatsApp from Momodou
“Am sitting down to enjoy the way the drip works. I used to take cans to do my watering but now just to sit down to see it work. You have added value to my life again. No time consuming.”
In the 3 1/2 months from late June until early October the Gambia receives its annual compliment of rain. This is very much welcomed by those in the rural areas especially the large numbers involved in crop growing. However in the urban areas over the last number of years flooding has become a serious issue brought about mainly by the increased number of buildings which in many cases have blocked the natural channels through which heavy rainwater finds its way to the Gambia River. The result of this can be seen in the picture below.
In January we committed to do work in 4 villages and in spite of Covid 19 hold ups the work programme is completed.
The largest of the villages Jamagen now has a fully functioning Clean Water System and an extensive Distribution Network.
In the same most northern part of the country near the Senegal border is the village of Sambayassin where the Water Systems has been completed. Nearby we carried out repair works on the existing system in Mallick Sarr.
Kerr Wally a village in which we had provided a Water System a few years ago had a village vegetable garden situated quite a distance from the nearest source of water. This resulted in hours per day being spent carrying water by the women to the garden. We have sunk a Borehole in their 1.5 hectare garden and work to complete the system is in hand. The garden also needs extensive repairs to the fencing which which will be carried out by the villagers once our negotiations on supply of fencing wire is finalised.
We are also encouraging compound holders with sizeable home gardens, 500 to 1,000 mt2 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their cultivation by the introduction of Low Pressure Drip Feed irrigation. This is a long term project which we will encourage in all 10 villages with which we have established contacts.
Below is the young forward looking Alkalo of Jamagen turning on the Clean Water System for the first time. Current travel restriction made it impossible for us to be their to share in their celebrations.
Fiona, from Costa Women, chats to Pamela Morgan about her charity and how she is helping women generate income for themselves in The Gambia as well as creating clean water projects. Pamela organises both jewellery making workshops and offers picture framing to raise money proving, as Pamela says, “Spain is not a resting place”.
Find out how you can get involved too by watching the video!
When Brian and Pamela went on holiday to Gambia, they got more than a tan. They got a mission – to help the local people. Louise France hears their story. Plus, we meet three more tourists who turned their vacations into a vocation