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Published On: Mon, Feb 26th, 2024

Women in Nuimi Decry Lack of Facilities

In Fass Njaga Choi, Nuimi, during the launch of the Zero Tolerance of Children on the Street initiative on Friday, February 23, 2024, the women expressed their concerns about the lack of facilities in their village. They highlighted the urgent need for markets, hospitals, ambulances, and schools, as they believe the absence of these facilities is hindering their development.

This visit was part of the REFELA Gambia chapter’s efforts to empower women under the national slogan of Zero Tolerance for Children on the Streets. Various women group leaders, including Mbaye Ndoor and Michelle Mendy, spoke about pressing issues affecting them, such as the need for proper gardening provisions, access to markets, education, water shortage, and transportation.

They appealed to Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe, through REFELA, to help address their needs. 

Mbaye Ndour a resident of Fass njaga choi emphasized the challenges they face, such as the lack of market and storage facilities for their harvested goods. 

 “We have a lot of problem and we are tired our garden if we harvest the problem is we don’t have market and storage facilities where to store those goods, secondly if we have where to process our goods it will have impact on us, we don’t have machines is painful and tiring women are growing groundnuts in the garden and we don’t have a means of transportation such as donkey, horse to export those goods, and no markets to sell those goods to benefit us.”

Amie Gaye a resident of Touba Angale also mentioned the challenges that they are facing especially school going children lacking the access to water.

“We only have one borehole in our village were all of us fetch water, and we go for days without water making it difficult for the children going to school to get access to water and go to school and their schools do not also have water, and thirdly we do not also have markets we sit on the flour to sell our goods, we need market, we need assistance and we want you Rohey Malick Lowe to help us with our needs.”

Michelle Mendy highlighted the frustration of not having access to markets for selling their processed goods, even if they have skill centers. 

She also mentioned the difficulties faced by women in terms of transportation and the stream with crocodiles that poses risks for children after school.

Mayor Lowe in her response assured the Women of Fass that she will try her best in proving these facilities to the people of Fass Njaga Choi adding that there are some projects on the way.

The Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) aims to build an equitable, inclusive and gender sensitive Africa, including to protect vulnerable children, to ensure territorial inclusiveness, to support empowerment of women and children, which also seeks to empower women economically and politically.

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