By Amadou Jadama
The people of Jomar village in Kiang East last Sunday celebrated a milestone development project, after a borehole was built to cater for the village’s water needs.
The 5000-liter tank connected to 7 standpipe taps now means that no one needs to go to a well to draw water in the village.
The borehole is sponsored by Mrs Sylvia Inglis and David Mayes from the UK in collaboration with CK Holdings Company Limited at the tune of D383, 270 dalasi.
At a joyous ceremony in the village, the chief of Kiang East, Karang Ansumana Sanneh, hailed the project.
He singled out the youths and community of Jomar as “very hard working and united”, which he said must continue.
He advised the community to always come together and “resist division on political lines”.
He also used the event to heap praise on the donors of the project, saying he was “personally delighted” to have such a project in his district.
Sheriffo Camara, a tourism sector operator, who coordinated the project, thanked Mrs Sylvia Inglis and David Mayes & CK Holdings Company Ltd for the project, which has now provided Jomar with safe drinking water.
According to him, Sylvia and David first visited The Gambia in 2018 and have since started many development drives for the country.
“They were very receptive to my request for help to curb water shortage in my village and we are all grateful to them for this borehole,” Camara said.
He went on to report that the duo planned to start a school project for the community as they did for Tallinding which will be inaugurated today Thursday.
Speaking earlier, Almamo Ceesay, vice chairman of Mansakonko Area described the project as helpful to both the community and government.
Mrs Sylvia Inglis expressed joy for the warm welcome accorded to them by the people of Jomari.
Karamo Sawo, Alkalo of the village, called the project “a giant stride” for his community.