A bustling town growing rapidly thanks to the steady influx of migrant Senegalese and indigenous Gambians attracted by the fishing industry in the town, Tanji is without a labour ward, meaning pregnant women in labour must travel to Brufut in the north for safe delivery.
“That is a great constraint and a risky way of living for our women folk. So we decided to stage a fund raising programme in the form of a festival, where cultural groups from The Gambia and the Casamance region attended,” said Salifu Touray, chairman of the organisation.
He revealed that soon after the festival they immediately bought cement, sand and gravel to start construction from the little money raised. “We are working with the village development committee, VDC and other Kafos in the town on this project.” Touray said.
But he said they need to raise more funds to complete the project before the rainy season sets in. “We are calling on all good people in The Gambia and abroad to help us complete the labour ward in Tanji .We need materials such as corrugate, cement, gravel rhun palms etc to complete the project,” Touray said. He further said a number of Tanji people are volunteering as masons and labourers at this stage of the project.
People wishing to help the project can contact them on 7629233.
By Lamin Cham]]>