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Bracknell Lions Club Gambia Appeal

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In January 2016, Brigid and I went on holiday to The Gambia to meet up with her sister who is a member of a religious order based there and also to meet up with Kebba Cham who took us to one village – Gunjar Kunkujang – where we sat with the chief and the village elders and
discussed how we might help them. In their village they have a bore hole powered by solar power which currently services just 9 taps for 2000 people (one of those taps is dedicated solely for the school which has over 800 pupils). Their need is to get a minimum of 25 taps which potentially could provide clean water to 10,000 people. To do that will mean replacing the existing solar panels, water tank and tower and provide larger ones to power the water distribution to a wider area. At today’s prices this will cost between £16k and £18k.

I am sure that with help we can bring this dream to fruition; we are returning in November to meet with the contractors and discuss a plan whereby we can do this work in stages as the money comes in (and hopefully continues to come in).
With one event we have already raised the money for the replacement solar panels – next target is the water tank and the tower.
As you walk around your house with a tap in the kitchen, taps in the bathroom and toilet and maybe an outside tap to water the garden or wash the car, imagine how you would live your life sharing 8 taps with 2000 people and where a 2 litre bottle of water costs almost the same as the UK but wages are negligible. Help us to help others; we have seen the need – we need to manage that need – with your generosity.
Mike and Brigid Hendy

Charity No: 1031551

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