D3M health centre project to be inaugurated
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Kuteh Junbulu Foundation, a women's group based in Jinak Kajata village in the North Bank Region will be launching a three-million-dalasis health centre project in the village next week.
The construction of the facility was made possible through their Dutch partner, Jered Hoffmann. Omar Manneh, administrator of the foundation, said the project started as a house when nurses used to visit there from Essau, but started major operations in 1996 with the aim of improving the health service delivery in the village and its environment. "With partnership with the donors in 1997 we were able to start the construction of some part of the building facility," he said. In addition to the facility, he said, the donor had also given 15,000 Euros for the construction of a bridge that will connect Jinak and Essau for possible referral of patients.
Arabiatou Jammeh, president of the foundation, commended the donor for their support in the successful construction of the facility. According to her, the foundation is also taking active part in the promotion of education in the country and that they have recently donated several education materials to many schools in the country, paying 30% of teachers' salaries in Jinak Lower Basic School and also taking care of transport facilities for some of the teachers who come from long distances to teach in the Jinak Lower Basic School.
Jammeh explained that with the support from their donor, they will be collaborating with the Ministry of Education for the sustainability of the project. Speaking further, Jammeh disclosed that the foundation is also intending to launch a food security and income generation project for women and youth of the village through agriculture - poultry, Nerica rice production and vegetable gardening - by 2010. She used the platform to commend President Jammeh and his government for providing an enabling environment for Gambians.
Author: by Amadou Jallow