Footballers’ Foundation provides borehole in Basse Manneh Kunda


By: Foday Manneh

A chronic shortage of potable water over the past two years in Basse Manneh Kunda has made life difficulty for residents, especially the women and children.

They have to wake up at 5 am every day to find water for domestic use. And, as usual, there were problems among them as they spend hours fetching water, including fights.

Now the Freedom Development Foundation (FDF) has come to their rescue, by donating the community with a 3000-liter solar-powered borehole connected to three public taps within the village.

A UK-based Gambian professional footballer, Nuha Jabbie, is behind the foundation, which is committed to supporting under-privileged communities, and complementing the government’s efforts.

Sunkarr Mankang, a women’s leader in the village, in thanking the donor for coming to their aid, spoke of life-risking encounters for many in fetching water.

‘’There was a day, I went to get water with one Saffie Kebba in the hills at our backyard. By then we get water from that place and, on this particular day, we were chased away by a jinn.

“That was a very scary experience in our life, and many others have reported experiencing such.”

“So to have someone come to our aid to lift all these burdens on us; we only have to thank God, and pray for him,” Sunkarr said.

Kaddy Touray, age around 50, said since childhood access to water has been a problem in their village.

“There were no taps; wells were the sources of water and mostly were unfit for drinking and cooking. Our mothers did struggle very hard, and sometimes bought water for cooking. We thanked the donor and his family.”

Bilal Keita is the representative of the foundation in The Gambia, and said the newly-inaugurated borehole cost more than D250, 000 to install in the village.

He said they have been supporting vulnerable groups in rural Gambia, including women and children; citing the food-aid support to over 20 households during the last Ramadan.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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