The Gambia, Africa

The Gambia is a small African country with a population of 1.5 million people. Gram Vikas worked in two villages to build a reservoir, bathing rooms with toilets and running water taps for each household.

In the Gambia, there are pit latrines for the families to use, which is a vast difference from India, where people defecate in the open. Therefore, when the families received a sealed porcelain toilet pan, it was a great attraction for them.

The Gambia was chosen in part because there is plenty of quality underground water, which is fully potable. However, the biggest challenge was there is no grid electricity to lift the water up to an elevated water reservoir.

Status Updates

February 7, 2014

Vice President Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy officially opened the project.

April 23, 2013

Work commenced on the toilet and bathing blocks in both villages.