POVERTY STRICKEN areas of The Gambia are to get a much needed boost thanks to a team of graduate engineers from Wales Association.
The team of six will travel in pairs, a fortnight at a time, to the capital city Banjul to construct two latrine blocks in Kanifing, one of the city's poorest districts.
The plan was formed after Wales Association received a call for help from the municipal council. Volunteers were quickly found and planning began on the two month project.
Each member of the team has raised ú600 ($850) through personal sponsorship. Another ú1,500 has been provided by the ICE's Thomas Telford Challenge, and contributions from local industry and the association have brought the total up to ú8,600. This will pay for the team's travel and construction materials for the two blocks.
The first pair of Lloyd Jenkins and Sarah McNae travel out this week and have the task of motivating local labour and getting the works under way.
David Hornblower and Chris Sinclair are charged with completing the major aspects of the works, leaving Rebecca Marsay and John Cotton to train the local population on personal hygiene, basic construction techniques and maintenance.
When all six are back in the UK, they will be asked to present the project to its sponsors and provide ideas for a suitable project next year.