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Project information

Sustainable Water for Africa

The provision of 10 boreholes to communities across The Gambia for the provision of water for horticulture. The boreholes are to be drilled by the 'Water for Africa' team and the community is to be supported and trained to set up 'community gardens, to help them 'grow' their way out of poverty.

2 Years

Charity information: Water for Africa

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  • Need


    One of the biggest challenges in The Gambia is access to water for health and agriculture, as the country only has rains for approximately two months of the year and are reliant solely on rain-fed agriculture. The bigger challenge, once the water is provided, is ensuring that the water source is maintained. With over 60% of water sources, failing across Africa, it is imperative that 'long-term' support is given the communities to maintain their water source for repairs and upgrades..


    Water for Africa, can support the whole community by:

    Drilling, boreholes, which are safe and sustainable, they reach the deeper aquifers, which means they offer a continuous, year long supply of water and do not dry up in the 'dry seasons'. They can we upgraded to supply a full irrigation system for agriculture.

    Water for Africa's locally based team are trained to support the community long after the borehole has been drilled, they can provide long-term, support, repairs and upgrades.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To drill boreholes, which are safe and sustainable for horticulture to 10 communities.


    » Water for Africa, drilling team will drill a borehole within each community to provide them with year long access to water for horticultural purposes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be each community will have an adequate water supply to provide easy access to water to irrigate their community gardens

    Aim 2

    To help and equip the community in setting up community gardens with their water source.


    » To provide the women with seeds, tools and training to grow crops to feed the community and to sell the rest to outside markets to provide an income.

    What success will look like

    Success will be for each community to grow enough food to feed themselves and to earn an income for schools fees and healthcare for their families

    Aim 3

    To ensure the water sources are supported, services, maintained and have access to repairs


    » Joint cooperation and agreement with the community to train and ring-fence community contributions to ensure funding for future repairs and support

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the water sources being maintained and serviced for the long-term.

  • Impact


    The project will provide water for health and agriculture, it is expected that each community will be able to provide themselves with both nutrition and a long-term income through the sale of agricultural produce to the markets. We aim to work with the community to support them in re-investing their income in further income generating activities to support themselves and their families out of poverty.


    The major risks are the support and maintenance of the water source. With our unique model, we will work with the community to ensure regular servicing and maintenance of the water source and ensure community contributions are 'ring-fenced' for future repairs. The Water for Africa team will also make regular visits to the communities to support them with their community gardens and marketing of the produce.


    Through regular project updates through our website, if donors wish to receive regular e-mail updates, please contact us via our contact form.

    Donors are also welcome to visit the project themselves, please contact us for further details.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,000 Provision of Borehole Drilling of 10 Boreholes and the provision of Standpipes
      £5,000 Horticultural Provision of Equipment, Seeds, Tools and Training for 'Women' setting up community gardens
  • Background


    10 Communities within the 5 districts of The Gambia. 4 in the Kiang Region, Lower River Division,2 in the Farafenni Region North Bank Division, 3 in the Central River Division and 1 in the ‘Upper River Division’


    Over 10,000 Men, Women and Children are expected to benefit from this project. The country is primarily an agricultural country with 80 percent of the population of 1.5 million depending on agriculture for its food and cash income. The farming economy is the only means of income creation for the majority of rural families most whom live below the poverty line. The agricultural sector is the most important sector of the Gambian economy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Being based locally and permanently within Africa, has enabled us to provide a permanent level of support and service to the communities we work with, We can assist with major repairs and spare part replacements, after the work has been completed. However, with over 60% of water sources now failing across Africa, it is imperative that permanent support is provided to the communities on the ground and we are proud that our model provides this necessary infrastructure.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Azar Husaain:

    Director of Operations. Oversees procurement of supplies, logistics of the projects and overall management of the drilling team

    Sheryl Greentree: Director

    With over 20 years in a variety of commercial, business development, roles in multinational blue chip companies, she manages UK Organisation

    Mr Chris Jones, BSc (Hons) Geology/Environmental Geoscience: Technical Director

    Providing the African team with technical drilling support/training. With over eleven years experience in the geotechnical and environmental sector

    Mr Lamin Momodou Badji

    Operations Manager in The Gambia. He has worked for Water for Africa for 8 years and is responsible for mobilisation and management of the local team

Water for Africa Drilling in Progress

Water for Africa Drilling in Progress