Banjul: Women’s garden faces shortage of water supply, needs urgent support

In a heartfelt plea for support, Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe of Banjul has sounded the alarm regarding the dire situation at the Banjuliding women’s garden, a vital hub of empowerment for over 500 women from the West Coast region.

The garden, which has served as a cornerstone of women’s economic independence for decades, is now at risk of collapse due to a critical shortage of water.

Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe visited the garden personally, witnessing firsthand the challenges these women face.

The garden sole borehole, essential for irrigation, has ceased functioning, leaving crops struggling to survive and endangering the livelihoods of those dependent on its yield.

Malick Lowe at the garden

“This is a call to action that needs urgent attention,” Mayor Lowe emphasized. “We urge all our partners to kindly support us. These hardworking women rely on this income to care for their families as breadwinners.”

The Banjuliding women’s garden has been a beacon of hope and self-sufficiency for generations, providing not only sustenance but also a sense of pride and purpose for its caretakers. Mayor Lowe’s visit shed light on the precarious state of affairs, highlighting the pressing need for immediate intervention to salvage this vital community asset.

The mayor’s appeal underscores the gravity of the situation faced by these women, whose financial stability hangs in the balance. Without swift remedial action, the garden’s decline could have profound consequences for their families and wider community.

“We are always grateful to our partners for their support,” Mayor Lowe acknowledged, expressing thanks for past assistance and rallying additional aid to revive the garden. The fate of this historic women’s initiative now hinges on a collective effort to restore its water supply and preserve its legacy of empowerment.

In response to Mayor Lowe’s urgent call, stakeholders and philanthropic organizations are being urged to mobilize resources swiftly to address the water crisis and ensure the survival of Banjul’s cherished women’s garden. The rallying cry is clear: the time to act is now, to safeguard not just a source of income but a symbol of resilience and community spirit.

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