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Der Trecker war schon bei der Abfahrt in Manjai viel zu schwer für den Transporter - The tractor was too heavy for the mini truck.

The tractor was too heavy for the mini truck.

The tractor has finally arrived in Jahaly. The mini truck that transported it, has not. The mini truck broke down in Kudang, 20 km from Jahaly. That was exactly what we were feared of. The tractor then was driven to Jahaly by a tractor driver. Foto: © 2015 Project Aid The Gambia / Famara Fatty[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Abfahrt nach Jahaly - Departure for Jahaly
Abfahrt nach Jahaly - Departure for Jahaly
Abfahrt nach Jahaly - Departure for Jahaly
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Departure to Jahaly

Since this morning the tractor finally is on its way to Jahaly. The mini truck must drive very carefully… Fotos: © 2015 Project Aid The Gambia / Famara Fatty

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We say thank you very much to our partners of the German NGO “Friedensdorf (Peace Village) International” for the generous donation of the funds for buying the tractor. The people of Jahaly and Madina thank you very much. A news story of “Friedensdorf Online Report” on this story (German only) | here |

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Bad news from Manjai Kunda: the 18-wheeler truck that had been hired for transportation of the tractor to Jahaly did not show up. But we loaded our own truck with all the other items and delivered them to Jahaly: the new chairs for the kindergarten, drugs for Jahaly Health Centre and the maintenance generator.

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Loading the truck

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Loading the power generator

Fotos: © 2015 Project Aid The Gambia / Famara Fatty

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100 new kindergarten chairs

100 new built kindergarten chairs waiting for being delivered to Jahaly/Madina Kindergarten. As of beginning of the new academic year 480 children attend the kindergarten in a two-shift system. In 2004 we started with 240 students. We need twice as much lunch, twice as much school uniforms. more teachers. Please support the kindergarten with a monthly sponsorship of 15€ only: please click | here |.

Foto: © 2015 Project Aid The Gambia / Famara Fatty

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IMG_0630 Where do you locate “Jahaly Health Centre”? Where on maps do you find the village of Jahaly in The Gambia? Here: | GoogleMaps |

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Logo-Gambia-Spendentour-2017_mittelOur activists from the northern part of Germany are working on the details of their next humanitarian convoy to Jahaly Health Centre in The Gambia. Please follow | Gambia Spendentour | on Facebook and stay tuned.

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Manjai Kunda: Zwischenlager für Medikamente Medikamenten - Transfer store for drugs

Manjai Kunda: Transfer store for drugs

This is the just extended transfer station for the drugs at our Main Office in Manjai Kunda. Here we store all drugs alloted for Jahaly Health Centre. Every month from here we transport drugs to the clinic for refilling its three months’ stock.

Medikamenten-Zwischenlager / Transfer storage for drugs

Transfer storage for drugs

Auch die Regale sind gefliest. – Even the shelves are being tiled.

Even the shelves are being tiled.

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Njaba Kunda / The Gambia, 03/04/2012. The dazzling whiteness is suprising the eyes of the visitors to the brand new model clinic in the village of Njaba Kunda in The Gambia, West Africa. The site of the Njaba Kunda Health Center located in the dusty area north of the Gambia River almost looks like an oasis. Eight white-painted buildings are grouped around a large mango tree. Flowers and plants line the tiled with broken tile paths between the houses. Some twelve months it took “Project Aid The Gambia” to do the construction. It required a further year to plan for the reconstruction of the former “Children’s Hospital of Bochum in The Gambia.”

The officially invited guests who have traveled this Tuesday (April 4, 2012) from the capital Banjul to the African bush, are impressed. The Gambian Minister of Health, a representative of the German Embassy, a delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO), local politicians and of course the villagers of Njaba Kunda came to the grand opening of “their” new Health Center. And this covers not only the basic services for the inhabitants of the region, but it is also an example of a model for the entire country.

“At first I was more than skeptical,” says nurse and clinic manager Alimatou Saidy, “as the people of Project Aid told us about their plan to construct concrete and tiled beds instead of the normal ones we did have here.” Saidy has worked in Njaba Kunda, as the old building still operated: the buildings were dilapidated, it was dirty, the old tiles were broken and the metal beds were rusted. There was a long time without running water, and electricity was available only a few hours a day. But on Tuesday morning, when the nurse is walking through the buildings one last time before the opening ceremony, she is finally convinced. “Here you have to keep clean. There is no excuse. Now we have round the clock electricity and water.”

Today, the clinic is equipped with a 6-kW solar power system, a donation from the company “Naturstrom” of Duesseldorf, Germany. Members of Project Aid have built up the system last summer by themselves. It provides the clinic with current and drives the pump that fills the 16,000-liter water tank. Unlike in the past, the clinic now even has a small laboratory.

“In planning the clinic we used a lot of thoughts,” Project Aid chief Matthias Ketteler says, “how to empower the staff here to ensure long lasting hygienic conditions as simple as possible.” Therefore, not only all the floors and walls are tiled in the clinic but also the concrete beds, tables and cabinets. Something very special is the ventilation system of the buildings: through slits above and below the windows, the air circulates in a natural way and provides a comfortable room temperature in this hot area. The construction of the new Health Center was funded by donations from “Project Aid The Gambia” – supported with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In the morning Matthias Ketteler, Alimatou Saidy, the clinic staff and hundreds of people have gathered opposite the site with their guests for the official handover of the new clinic to the Gambian government. Until all the guests have arrived and the opening ceremony begins, several hours passed.

In his brief speech, which is translated into the local Mandinka language, Matthias Ketteler then appealed to the clinic staff to take care for their new clinic. “We can not stop as of today,” he says. “We can buildup the most fantastic hospital, but that’s no good if people’s attitude does not change. A building must be maintained forever, to keep the standard.” And the standard of the new clinic is unmatched in The Gambia. “I’m very impressed,” the Gambian Minister of Health, Fatim Badjie, says during her visit to the clinic. “”The people of Njaba Kunda appreciate it and will make a good use of it. This Health Center is really a model clinic and we should strive for this standard for the entire country.”

The people of Njaba Kunda have participated in building the Health Center and brought in in recent months large amounts of sand and gravel. It was important to them, even to make their own contribution to the project that they know that it is a model for their country.

Also a small group from Germany, many of them from the city of Hattingen, have come to Njaba Kunda for the grand opening . Many of them have long been friends and supporters of Project Aid. They also see the special feature of this project. The 21-year-old apprentice Kevin Arndt is the first time outside Europe. “This clinic is just great,” he says. “What impresses me most are the tiled concrete beds in the wards.” This is what the people of the Njaba Kunda are impressed about also, when hundreds of them by the end of the opening ceremony walk through the site and curiously visit their new clinic.

Matthias Ketteler´s and Project Aid´s work for Njaba Kunda also after the opening is far from over. Project Aid will be responsible for the hygiene and the training of staff in Njaba Kunda for the next two years. Kevin Arndt has set out to save money immediately once at home again for the next trip to The Gambia to visit Njaba Kunda once again in one year´s time. “I’m already a fan of The Gambia,” he says.

And nurse Alimatou Saidy? In the evening, as the trouble has slowed down, she tells the story of a mother who gave birth to her baby in the clinic today during the opening ceremony. “The mother wants to call it out of gratitude ‘Alisha'”, Alimatou says. That´s the name of the little daughter of Matthias Ketteler.

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Video: Grand Opening of Njaba Kunda Health Centre (2012)

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Rieke Wiese is a new member of the board of Project Aid The Gambia, Germany. The general meeting elected her to succeed Dieter Lieken on 12 November 2021. Rieke Wiese represents the northern regional branch of Project Aid on the board.

“I would especially like to inspire young people to get involved with Project Aid,” says Rieke Wiese. Rieke is 24 years old and works as a health and nursing assistant in the children’s intensive care unit at Oldenburg Hospital, Germany.

Rieke Wiese now wants to bring a breath of fresh air into the board’s work – “and female expertise,” she says. She has already been a regular guest at the board meetings for a year.

Rieke was in The Gambia for the first time in 2017. “The country and the people and what I experienced in The Gambia grabbed me in the first week,” she says today. In 2018, Rieke spent three months working at the Jahaly health Centre: “I’m excited about what I saw in Jahaly and what I was able to do there myself.” She learned how health care works in another country and how to deal with completely different diseases and medicines in a different culture. “I was curious,” she says, “I always have been.”

“I know how things work at the Jahaly Health Centre and I feel very connected to Jahaly. Now I want to get actively involved in board work, learn a lot in the process and combine my job and voluntary work.”

What Rieke finds fascinating is that The Gambia is a country with “four different worlds”, as she says. “The world of the capital Banjul, the world of the tourist areas on the coast, the small world on the grounds of the project office and then the world in the bush clinic or in the village of Jahaly.”

 

“I am making room on the board for younger people,” says Dieter Lieken. “Working for Project Aid has enriched my life. I have made many friends in The Gambia and will definitely remain very connected to Project Aid.”

Dieter Lieken is a nurse and founded the Northern Regional Branch of Project Aid in 1996. He has been a member of the German board since 2006.

Dieter Lieken became acquainted with Project Aid in 1994. In August 1994, he accompanied Matthias Ketteler to the Jahaly Health Centre in The Gambia. Already on the return flight, he decided to voluntarily work for Project Aid.

“The clear organisation, the committed work of the board, but most importantly the cordiality of the inhabitants of Jahaly have always motivated me to work for Project Aid. Incidentally, this also applies to my wife and my whole family.”

Dieter Lieken intensively accompanied the development of the garden projects in The Gambia. He accompanied a total of four aid convoys to Gambia.

 

Welcome, Rieke. And many thanks for your work, Dieter.

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