The longstanding water shortage in the village of Barrow Kunda in Wuli West District of the Upper River Region (URR) has finally been resolved.
The project, which cost D272,000, was implemented by Beakanyang Kafo, a local NGO, in partnership with Barrow Kunda Village Development Committee (VDC).
In his address at the inauguration on Sunday, the Executive Director of Beakanyang Kafo, Nfamara Jawneh, hailed the people of Barrow Kunda for the self-help initiative.
He informed the gathering that the project was entirely funded by the natives of the village at home and abroad through an aggressive fund-raising campaign launched by Beakanyang and the VDC on March 27th 2016.
“We have underestimated the project cost which was initially pegged at D125,000.00, but somewhere along the way, it was discovered that the pumping machine was also damaged; thus forcing us to intensify our fund raising campaign,” he disclosed.
He went on: “We have succeed in rehabilitating the entire facility by providing 10 new 325 vats solar panels, brand new pumping machine and a controller, as well as installed new pipes,” he said.
Jawneh thanked the people of the village in the country and in the diaspora for making it possible for them to restore the community’s water system and described water as essential necessity in life.
“On behalf of the board of directors of Beakanyang, management and members of the organisation, I would like to thank the elders, women and youth of this village for entrusting us with this important project. We are happy that it was completed on time,” he said.
Beakanyang boss also applauded Solar Enterprise Limited for their cooperation during the project implementation.
For his part, Alhagie Arafang Barrow, Alkalo of Barrow Kunda thanked the local NGO and the VDC for their coordination in resolving one of the community’s major developmental problems.
He also hailed the natives of the village both at home and abroad for their contribution towards the successful implementation of the project in the village.
He thus urged the villagers to remain united and continue praying for the young people of the village both at home and abroad.
Matta Fatty, a women’s leader, said since the rehabilitation of the borehole in June 2016, the women in the community have been enjoying uninterrupted water supply. She therefore expressed happiness over the project and assured the donors of proper utilisation of the facility.
Speaking on behalf of the VDC Chairman, Sarjo Bah, VDC Secretary reaffirmed their commitment to working with Beakanyang and other development partners to bring more sustainable development in the village.
He challenged villagers to take full ownership of the project, which he said cost the village a lot.
by Fatoumatta Saidykhan