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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.

Fotos: © 2015 Project Aid The Gambia / Famara Fatty

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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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Since April 15, 2021, the Jahaly Health Centre has been charging its patients for the first time a – flat rate – fee for medication of 100 Dalasis (approx. EUR 1.65). Until then – since the clinic was inaugurated in 1991 – drugs had always been given out free of charge. Persistently high patient numbers in recent years (more than 30,000 patients per year) are one of the reasons for this change.

Project Aid The Gambia also believes the introduction of a drug fee to be sensible for another reason: “Development cooperation means putting the economic basis of projects on your own two feet,” says Matthias Ketteler, founder and board memeber of Project Aid The Gambia. “Patients’ participation in running costs is a necessary step and reduces dependency on foreign aid. ”

In the past few weeks, the patients at the Jahaly Health Centre had been informed about the introduction of the flat-rate drug fee in personal conversations and via a local radio station. The fee was positively received by the patients. In the surrounding governmental health facilities there are hardly any or no medication available, so that patients have to buy their medication themselves in – mostly – private pharmacies at increased prices.

“We guarantee that there will always be enough medication available at Jahaly Health Centre in the future,” says Matthias Ketteler. Project Aid The Gambia has just bought medication for approx. 18,000 euros in order to refill the drug stocks at Jahaly Health Centre.

In the course of the introduction of the drug fee, the registration / consultation fee for children between the ages of five and 15 has also been increased slightly. The fee is now 30 Dalasis (EUR 0.50)  instead of 25 Dalasis (EUR 0.40) as before. Children under five years of age pay – as before – 15 Dalasis (EUR 0.25), adults – as before – 30 Dalasis (EUR 0.50).