Nema Foundation inaugurates two boreholes worth D600, 000

Nema Foundation inaugurates two boreholes worth D600, 000

By Sulayman Waan

In a bid to address the challenges residents face in accessing potable drinking water, Nema Foundation- The Gambia, a local charity recently inaugurated two boreholes worth over D600,000 at Kappa Health Centre and Basic Cycle School in Foni Kansala District, West Coast Region.

The charity has been instrumental of recent times in supporting communities with clean drinking water, health facilities, underprivileged families and sick people, among a host of others.

These two newly inaugurated boreholes, mark 14 -borehole projects the foundation has supported communities in The Gambia since its establishment in 2015.

This latest borehole project was sponsored by King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels, that serves as the main sponsor with contribution from Malle Municipality in Belgium.

At the inauguration, Louis Eelen, chairman for Nema Foundation, disclosed that the charity was established in The Gambia to support communities with clean water supply, health facilities as well as the ill and underprivileged families with basic needs.

“We choose to establish the foundation in The Gambia due to the peaceful nature and the hospitality of the country.”

However, the move was also in view of the fact that many communities in The Gambia lack clean water, access to healthcare and are vulnerable.

Modou Bah, secretary general of Nema Foundation, expressed delight to be part of the event, which he said, was made possible through the Nema Foundation in partnership with Kappa Community and the Green Energy Solution Company.

The move, he added, is a another testament to what collectively they can achieve when people come together, adding that they’ve worked tirelessly to bring clean water to the community of Kappa.

“This borehole represents more than just water; it symbolises progress, unity, and empowerment.”

He thus thanked Green Energy Solution for providing the much-needed drilling and solar installation services for the foundation.

Sunkaru Badjie, chairperson of Kappa Village Development Committee (VDC), thanked the local foundation for the support, saying the gesture will go a long way in improving the livelihood of residents and school children.

Representing the alkalo of Kappa, Gibril Badjie, lauded the foundation for providing water supply to the health facility and the Basic Cycle.

He underscored the importance of the project to the beneficiaries.

Kebba Manneh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bwiam Hospital, who played a role for Nema Foundation to support Kappa Health Centre with a borehole, also hailed the foundation for gesture, which he said, will undoubtedly alleviate communities of their water challenges.

He, however, urged the management of the two institutions to establish a sustainable plan to ensure the water project serves its purpose.

Theophile Jatta, headmaster for Kappa Basic Cycle School, described the event as a laudable achievement in the school.

The project, he said, will significantly help boost both education and nutritional value in the school.   

“This project could have been taken to other communities but you brought it to Kappa Basic Cycle School. You have not made a mistake for that,” he said, while assuring to take good care of the borehole.


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