A Gambian Case Study

11 September, 2020 | Amie Nevin
Categories: Case Study, Safe Water, The Gambia

Fanta Kinteh, who lives with her 4 children in Brikama Ba (Central River Region), has expressed how the repair of the well in her village has restored and improved her family’s access to safe water:

“We used to travel 700 meters to the nearest village to fetch water. This has taken most of my time, thereby limiting my time to effectively conduct other domestic and livelihood activities. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have our own reliable safe water supply to effectively wash our hands. Thanks to the project, my family and I are safe from the virus!”

Ablie Njado from the Sankwia village in the LRR acknowledged how the repair of his community’s well has increased their response capacities to COVID-19:

“The radio people have been talking to us about hand washing to prevent us from [catching] the disease. But we could not do proper hand washing because we did not even have enough water, even to drink and cook our meals. Then, thanks to the project, we are now able [to] wash our hands all the time. We can also do the minor repair work, even without the support of the technician, which reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission.” United Purpose and CO2balance are committed to the communities and will ensure that the wells work for at least 7 years by regular monitoring and checking.

CO2balance together with United Purpose have been working since September 2019 to prepare our Safe Water Project. Borehole rehabilitations began in January 2020 and annual monitoring is underway!