Western Rural District benefits from WASH Technology & Training Centre
by Mustapha Sesay
WASH Technology and Training Centre with support from Welt Hunger Hilfe Foundation, EMAS and other partners have officially opened the centre to the public at the Crossing Village in Western Rural District. Officially opening the centre, representing the Ministry of Water Resources, the Director of Water Resources, Lamin K. Suma
SELF MADE HAND PUMPS
underscored the importance of the technology centre. He said as a ministry, the WASH Technology Centre is their first child in the ministry since they have been established as a new ministry in charge of Water Resources.
He pointed out that for effective service delivery on WASH, people should be training at the centre in order to get the require skill to perform. He added that this enhances creativity in providing WASH manual for household and vulnerable communities.
Director Suma cited the effective marketing of the centre’s initiative in providing such WASH technology in country and at international level. He encouraged other international partners in WASH, district and City councils, and other partners to come to their aid in strengthening capacity build of the management and the centre as a whole. He pointed out that with such programs, a good number youth will change their mind set to development that can benefit the individual and the country as well.
Her said education can be done through skill training like WASH that can earn you income. He encouraged all present to put in practices activity that can sustain the centre.
in a conducted tour prior to the officially launching of the centre, the Project Head, WASH Self Supply Lahai E. Bunduka said the WASH technology and training centre is a scheme that enhance self made-hand pump, outlet pressure rating of 5 bars that is capable of raise water 60 meter vertical high and a distance pumping about 2km. He said the center can also provide odorless toilet, shower room, storage tank, underground tanks, rain water harvesting and micro irrigation at cheaper rate.
In his statement, Dr Josef Fuchs from EMAS International expressed satisfaction over the effort made by the technical and the Project Head, WASH Self Supply Lahai E. Bunduka. He said the mandate and responsibility of EMAS is to ensure that people live a dignity life. He encouraged people to work in collaboration in making ownership of the facility in their community. He said the centre will benefit generation yet unborn and therefore must be protected.
Dr Otten from Welt Hunger Welfe and the Director of Welt Hunger Welfe Ursula Langkamp commended the effort made by the management of the centre. He pledged more support to ensure that the center achives it intended purposes.
Other speakers who also expressed happiness over the center include the Crossing village chief and the representative from the Waterloo Rural District Council Deputy Chief Administration and Chief Alusine Fofanah respectively.
A comprehensive tour was done to get the human face of the facilities at the centre and for people to get a clear understanding about the uses, importance and benefit of those services at all level. Cutting of the tape climaxed the ceremony.