By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
United Purpose, an international NGO program through its Baluu Timaringo project, Monday gave 15 new motorcycles to its field workers, which amounting to thousands of Euros.
The ceremony took place at the United Purpose offices along Kairaba Avenue.
Speaking at the handing over, programme manager for United Purpose Ousman Jammeh, said the development was possible after a joint proposal with the FAO and the EU.
Jammeh said the handing over was the second of its kind. He disclosed in total, they have given 25 motorcycles to their staff.
He said the idea was to assist in mobility towards efforts to reducing micro nutrition deficiency in pregnant women and children in The Gambia through sustainable integration for food certification.
Jammeh said the project operates in five regions in the country, working with local NGOs to help reduce malnutrition throughout the country.
The project, he noted, is a four-year project – 2017 to 2021 – and in every region, they work with mother clubs to strengthen them to reach pregnant women and their children under 5-years.
“We are targeting 300 mother clubs and as of now, we have reached 151. By the end of October to November, we will be reaching the whole targeted 300 mother clubs.”
Ismaila Jarju, project coordinator, United Purpose, challenged field workers to double their efforts as the issue of transportation becomes a thing of the past.
Baai Jaabang, the executive director of Trust Agency for Rural Development, gave the vote of thanks .