By: Fatoumata Ceesay
Metal workers drawn from across Wuli West and East recently completed a five-day training on improved stoves-making, at a local metal workshop in Chamoi Bunda, Upper River Region (URR).
Beakanyang Kafo, a registered community- based development and advocacy organisation operating in URR organised the training, in collaboration with the Renewable Energy Association of The Gambia (REAGAM).
Speaking at the occasion, Yahya Sumareh, board chairman of Beakanyang thanked the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme of UNDP for funding the training. He disclosed that the organisation has distributed 100 improved stoves to disabled women across Wuli and since then, the demand for the stoves remains high. Thus, he said, there is a need to train local metal workers.
For his part, the project coordinator and supervisor of the training Nfamara Jawneh, said the project objectives, amongst others, include, the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, to improved the health status of women and children and eventually reduce the rapid rate of deforestation and land degradation. “Furthermore, it will create job opportunities for metal skills workers in the villages here represented,” he added.
According to him, the activity forms part of a 12-month project, which includes energy conservation, advocacy, capacity-building and livelihood enhancement in eight communities in Wuli West and East.
For his part, Alhaji B Gaye, the vice chairman of REAGAM thanked Beakanyang for partnering with his association to promote the use of energy efficient stoves in URR. He told the gathering that the improved stoves use less firewood and also produces less smoke, while calling for its popularization in the region and beyond.
Gaye assured the Wuli based organisation of his association’s continuing support in bringing energy efficient products in the district.
Ebrima Touray, the alkalo of Chamoi urged the participants to take the training seriously and to share the acquired skills with other metal workers.
The 2nd vice-president of Beakanyang Mori Conteh thanked the project management committee for the initiative and urged the participants to take the training seriously.