31 December 2012

Gambia: NPS Officials Visit UNFPA Projects CRR

Crr — Officials of the National Population Secretariat (NPS), in collaboration with the regional population taskforce committee recently embarked on joint monitoring visits to the UNFPA-sponsored projects in Central River Region (CRR).

The team visited the women's vegetable garden in Janjangbureh and discussed with the beneficiaries on their achievements, constraints and way forward.

Speaking at the project site, the director of Population Affairs, Saikou Trawally, said some fencing materials, wheelbarrows, spades and seeds were provided to the women group to expand their garden. He disclosed that four wells were also dug by the secretariat from the UNFPA funds through Women's Bureau. All of these, he said, are geared towards improving the living conditions and livelihoods of women and children.

Trawally therefore called on the beneficiaries to use the proceeds they generate from the garden to engage in income generating activities. He applauded the women for their hard work and dedication.

Responding to some questions, the group's president, Manding Jawara, disclosed that over hundred women are benefiting from the garden. She also informed that they have opened a saving account and that presently they have D15, 000.00 in their account. Jawara further revealed that they have distributed D13, 000.00 to group members for them to plough their rice fields, which loan, she said is used as a revolving fund for the group members. The group president highlighted some of their constraints which include storage facility, marketing outlet and drying wells.

She went on to appeal for some of their members to be trained on food processing and preservation in order to reduce the degree of spoilage and prevent contamination. She commended UNFPA, the National Population Secretariat and Women's Bureau for their unflinching support in improving their lives.

Other speakers included, Amadou Cham, the regional programme officer of the Women's Bureau; Sutay Jawo from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Lamin Badjie from the Department of Community Development.

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