Swiss Gambian Friendship Foundation, based in Switzerland, on 24 December 2015 commenced the construction of two boreholes for the community of Kalagi in West Coast Region.

The founder of the foundation, Madam Astrid (Manneh), said she and her Gambian husband (Sainey Manneh) adopted Kalagi and they intent to build two boreholes there. One for the boreholes is for the women, to support them in their horticultural gardens, and the other one is for the community to have access to free clean drinking water.

She said they raised the money for the boreholes in Switzerland through donations from friends, philanthropists and other development partners.

Mrs Astrid said during the implementation of the project, she and her husband will visit Kalagi to see for themselves the progress and also distribute second hand clothing to the community.

She further said in June 2014, she met with the founder of the Home for Kids with Learning Difficulties.

The centre is said to have 25 kids who are all staying at the institution; they only go home during weekends.All or most of kids at the centre are said to be abandoned by their fathers.

Mrs Astrid said the Swiss/Gambia foundation had supported the centre with second hand clothing.Similar gesture was also extended to SOS Children Village, and Heart House Old Yundum.

The founder of the foundation said on 8 January 2016, her foundation, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Fajara, will make a donation to four different organisations in The Gambia.

Swiss Gambia Kalagi Village Development Project

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