By Louise Jobe.
Al-Masih Gambia Foundation on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, November, 2021 embarked on a country wide project sites visit to inaugurate 22 boreholes across the country to address shortage of water.
The inauguration ceremony was the handing over of the boreholes to communities to take ownership and responsibility of these boreholes to provide clean water supply.
Al-Masih (AMG) Foundation is an international Christian foundation which was incorporated on 31 May, 2021 and its vision is to contribute to the transformation and sustainable development of Gambia’s communities through holistic and humanitarian means.
The Vice President of Al-Masih-Gambia Foundation, Mr. Dominic Gomez, speaking on behalf of the President of the foundation during the tour, said the aim of the foundation is to create an opportunity for youth empowerment and community Development in the Gambia, by providing clean water solutions, educational programs, food/clothing distribution, health care programs, economic empowerment, and agricultural projects.
According to him, the overall objective of (AMG) Foundation is to provide relief aids and community development projects and programs to complement the Gambia Government’s efforts towards national development. He also added that the foundation aspires to motivate and empower women and youths through skills capacity building, business and micro finance management including agricultural project programs through trainings and mentoring programs designed.
“We have successfully completed projects in the West Coast, North Bank, Lower River and Upper River Region respectively, ” he said.
Vice president Gomez also said that towns and villages where Al-Masih- Gambia Foundation has completed the borehole works include Sanyang, Kachumi, Jidda, Foni Kuujanji, Madina, Chabai, Kartong, Jiborro, Albreda, Bafuloto, Lamin (kombo), Faraffeni, Sittanunku, Essau, Aljamdu, Basse and Alitentu. He also added that others are on various stages of planning.
Mr. Gomez reiterated that they had also engaged in Covid-19 relief program activities by distributing food aid and blankets in various communities mentioned.
Musa Bah, a native of Chabai village in Foni Jarrol district, spoke on behalf of the community and expressed their delight and appreciation of this wonderful achievement they have.
“We have never thought of having safe and clean running water for our consumption including our domestic animals,” he said.
Mr. Bah thanked Al-Masih Gambia Foundation and their donor partners for their wonderful support in providing them with the borehole, adding that they always access unsafe and unclean water from hand dug wells over the years.
The beneficiaries including women leaders also expressed similar sentiments with joy and celebration to grace the occasion.