The Gambia is a small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering River Gambia
with a land area of 10, 689 square kilometers and a population of roughly 2.7 Million people. According to the World Bank The Gambia is the 14th poorest country in the world (per capita) and only 45% of Gambians have access to clean water. This is compared to 25% in the year 2000, and at the current rate of improvement it will take 64 years for the entire country to have access to clean water. That means nearly 1 million Gambians born today will live their entire lives without this life giving resource. Waterborne tropical diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery and diarrheal illnesses are the number one contributors to high infant mortality rates and premature death in general. This has devastating consequences to not only the individual but the whole family and community. The main cause of contaminated water is the current outdated system of collecting rainwater to be used as consumable or potable water.
The United States Council on Global Development (USCGD) has designed and built what can best be described as a Micro-Municipal Water Distribution Center (MMWDC). This water system provides safe, clean drinking water to the whole community and has the added benefit over other modern borehole wells of being machine pumped and multi-site. Having multi distribution sites (and water taps) reduces the need for women and children to walk unsafe distances (due to sexual abuse) to a well to retrieve water several times a day. Having taps close to homes also allows for easier utensil washing and decreases the need for individual water storage. These storage containers are a major contributor to water contamination even beyond tainted wells. Each MMWDC is tailored to the size of the community. They utilize specifically sized solar grids designed for each system which power the well's electric pump, eliminating the need for tedious and time consuming hand pumping. The MMWDC tanks provide enough head pressure to carry the water up to a quarter mile to serve multiple areas in small rural communities.
The inaugural implementation of the MMWDC in the Sinchu Maggai community in The Gambia did not come without mechanical and geological difficulty. But through the perseverance, support, and professional experience of our team, and chosen Contractor, every adversity was conquered. We were able to establish proof of concept with our first MMWDC. Our goal is to construct 9 more MMWDC's throughout 5 regions in The Gambia within the next 3 years.
Our current cost of construction and sustainability package is $53,088 per Micro-Municipal Water Distribution Center. This equates to about $33 per each villager who is served in the district. Each project can be scaled depending on the size of the village. If you would like to partner with us to build the remaining nine MMWDC's our organization has committed to with our "Gambia Water Vision 2025" program we would love to hear from you! You, or your church or organization, can sponsor an individual villager for a one time gift of $33, or you can sponsor a partial MMWDC, or an entire site. If an indivudual, or group, is willing to sponsor an entire project we will name that site in your honor. You can contact one of our partners personally or click on the PayPal link below to give today. All donations are tax deductible and will be processed through our partner non-profit Leading Nations Now.