In Wassadung, a few kilometers from our previous project in Joreng, we were asked to restore their well. This was a project of the European Development Fund, but it is lacking maintenance and needed to be repaired.

We had to drill a new well and we reused the existing material: a tank of 11,000 L with the necessary connections and the pump. This way the entire village gets clean water again.

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Joreng is a village with 2000 inhabitants, 126 km from the capital. The need for clean water in the interior is particularly great. The national water and electricity company does not yet have infrastructure here and water and electricity is not available.

The tower is 7 meters high with a water tank of 3000 L and 7 taps scattered around the village. 

It is the first time that we have placed a well so far inland. Thanks to our own jeep, we can significantly expand our range. You will certainly see us more in this area in the future!

 

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The water supply of our water well in Mamuda has come to a standstill due to a lack of electricity. The solar panels were cleaned, the fastening of the various components checked and now there is water again. Excellent.

Regular maintenance is still necessary!

 

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Jalambang is one of the larger villages. Due to some new water wells in the area, the superficial wells of the village are dry. Pure water is urgently needed.

When drilling we find water at 21 m. We drill through to 39 m and place the pump at 27 m. The tower is about 6 meters high and with a water tank of 4000 liters. The water is branched to different places in the village.

It is the first well that our Gambian team completely installs themself. We are proud of that. Ready to accelerate!

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The schools in The Gambia are closed due to the corona virus. A good opportunity to do planned and necessary work at our Gammol school in Abuko. The school will have new windows. These protect the classes outside school hours against unwanted access. The walls are also given a new plaster layer. Concrete blocks are often not that strong and the plaster prevents rain damage.

Then tiling and painting the classes. If the school can open again, we will be ready.

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The container with relief supplies has arrived. Medical equipment for our Leetulor nurses, more than 200 chairs and tables for the schools of Kartong, Sanyang and Abuko, office equipment for our offices ... Together with Halaai Xale Gambia we collected material and filled the 12 meter long container.

There are many hands to help and many curious people, unloading goes smoothly.

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The Covid-19 virus does not spare Gambia. Borders are being closed and airlines are cancelling flights. Our trainees return to Belgium with one of the last flights of Brussels Airlines. One month and a half earlier than planned. On the one hand happy to be back in Belgian, but on the other hand with a feeling that the internship abroad is not complete.

Thanks Eveline, Laura and Merel for your help!

Blog Eveline, Laura en Merel 

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Transport is not always easy in The Gambia. Maintaining water installations, transporting materials, supervising students and nurses. Our team in The Gambia must be able to move independently and safely. That's why we bought a Mitsubishi Pajero. With this sturdy jeep we get everywhere in the rainy season

After one month on the boat the car is a bit dusty. That will change soon. We will use him well!

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We start working on the Sanchaba school: 4 classrooms, a room for the headmaster and a storage room. The building will be a copy of the school that we built in Kartong last year. The concrete blocks are made by hand. 

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The Yundum health center needs clean water at all times. They cannot always count on the local water company. Sometimes water just doesn't come out of the taps. The clinic cannot take the risk of having to work without water. Our water system is nearby. We are expanding this so that the health center always has clean water. 

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Eveline, Laura and Merel, three students of the Thomas More Institute have arrived in The Gambia. They will teach in local schools for three months. During that period they stay in the Gammol house.

You can follow them here: Blog Eveline, Laura en Merel

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The pump in Pacholing needs maintenance. The pump is first removed from the water well, after which maintenance can start.

 

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We refurbish the Gammol house. Ceilings, doors and woodwork affected by termites are replaced. Sanitary checked, walls and doors painted, lamps replaced ... We are ready to receive students again soon.

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