Nearly 2,000 people in rural Africa have access to clean water thanks to the efforts of a Kirk Michael charity worker.
Forty-five-year-old Fams Camara, founder of the charity Mannin Africa Sponsors International, bidded for funding to drill a new borehole in his childhood village in the Gambia.
Around 1,800 villagers now have access to plentiful clean drinking water following a donation of £6,000 from the Isle of Man International Development Committee.
After moving to the island with his Manx-born wife in 1995, Mr Camara established Mann in Africa Sponsors International to give children in the Gambia the chance of an education through sponsorship. He explained that the charity’s goals expanded to include supplying drinking water to villages with boreholes after a trip to his childhood home:
‘They were digging and there was hardly any water coming out - it was literally just a hole with a tyre around it, and I thought ‘what is the solution to this?’
‘We were only talking about five to six thousand pounds for 50 years of guaranteed safe and clean water’.
He recently spent four days in the village to oversee the digging of the new borehole and construction of the well:
‘The whole village came out to welcome us and express just how much this means to them, it was very emotional.
‘They were saying “Now we are not digging in vain – our children and grandchildren have a future”.
@One of the oldest guys in the village came up to me and said ‘I never thought this would happen in my lifetime.’
He also distributed football shirts and balls donated by Charles Turner from Intersport and team shorts, socks and goalkeeper shirts donated by Ramsey Sports and Leisure.
A number of Gambian villages and schools also benefited from clothing and pens donated by RL360°.
Mr Camara said: ‘Just £50 a year pays for a child’s school fees and uniforms.
‘There are so many children we would like to help.’
For more information about the charity, telephone the One World Centre on 800464.