Safe Hands for Girls Foundation gives vegetable seeds to Bakau Women Gardeners
By Sulayman Waan
As part of efforts designed to empower women in their daily undertakings, Safe Hands for Girls Foundation last Tuesday presented a variety of vegetable seeds to Bakau Women Gardeners at a ceremony held at Bakau Women’s garden at Mile Seven.
The vegetable seeds presented include eggplant seeds, pepper, cabbage, tomato, bitter tomato and others.
The gesture was aimed at strengthening women’s gardeners and to enhance their financial gains.
Presenting the seeds, Ms Jaha Dukureh, founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls Foundation, said the gesture was meant to uplift women from abject poverty and enhance their financial standing.
Ms Dukureh observed that Gambian women are actively working at the markets, fish landing sites and gardens just to put food on the table and provide other needs for their various families.
To that end, she said her organisation deems it necessary to support women so as to strengthen their work.
“So, for us as citizens, I think whatever we do, if we are not including women then it is not going to go forward. That is our objective.” she said.
The Women right activist, however, spoke of her NGO’s willingness to join the women in agriculture by investing in the sector to strengthen food security in the country.
Aja Sally Kamba Njie, president of Bakau Women Garden, commended the benefactor for the foresight, adding that the gesture would go a long way in supporting women gardeners to attain their goals.
Highlighting the garden’s challenges, Aja Njie indicated that lack of cold storage facility is one of their major challenges and called on Ms Dukureh to help them with a cold storage facility.
Musu Sidibeh, a gardener, also applauded the benefactor for the gesture, which she described, as laudable.
“To us this is a great gesture because it is not easy to get vegetable seeds,” she said.
However, she lamented that lack of sufficient water is another major constraint in the garden.
This, she added, is due to the fact that there are fewer wells and reservoirs to help them to water their plants.
“The gesture will definitely empower all gardeners as it will enable us to cultivate more vegetables,” he said.
Mod Lamin Davice, said the presentation is aimed at supporting and empowering women gardeners in their daily undertakings.