Building Waterwells in Gambia

The primary purpose of a village committee is to centralize and empower local leadership and responsibility for the water well. This is an important feature to our work because it formally distributes ownership to the entire community. Without it, the well is in jeopardy of being capitalized by prominent members or mistreated by the larger population. The committee usually consists of the village headman and/or head-woman, a capable financial manager, the headmaster of the school, religious leaders and any other outstanding leader.

WWFA facilitates this process after a community has met prerequisite conditions and has expressed initiative in securing a well. The village committee will serve as the authoritative body presiding over the well. Their responsibilities range from determining an accessible location to quelling community issues that may arise and ensuring the longevity of the well.


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Jason Wick 
Chelsea Academy, Greater London, United Kingdom
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