9 November 2012

Gambia: Madina Kaiaf Residents Appeal for Clean Water

Speaking to Foroyaa recently in their village, both Mbaye Ceesay the Village Head (Alkalo) and Sohna Ceesay, the Head of the Women folk in the village has appealed to the government, NGOs, and other donor agencies for more clean drinking water in the village.

The two were speaking in an interview on Tuesday 6th November 2012 at their village "bantaba" where they expressed concern over the hardship facing the villagers in the provision of clean water for drinking and other domestic chores.

According to them, there are five wells in the village but only one is used for drinking as the other four are all uncovered. They said this poses a great challenge for the villagers especially the women folk who on a daily basis struggle to get water on time to do their domestic work.

The other four wells they said are 40-45 metres deep and mostly used for other domestic activities such as laundry and watering their domestic animals especially during the dry season. They however disclosed that for those who own horses and donkeys used them to fetch water while others without them use their bare hands to draw water.

The village woman leader Sohna Ceesay said they the womenfolk would like to engage in horticultural gardening but due to the lack of water, they could not.

Observation reveals that one could notice many 20 gallon plastic containers, buckets and pans parked around their only well used for drinking as women were seen busy struggling to fetch water from the only covered well in the village.

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