Ecovillage Project of the Barrow & Cousins Family Foundation, Dankunku.
The village lies on the south bank of the central river of The Gambia, in Niamina Dankunku. It has a population of about 3,500 people, the ‘mandinkas’ being the main ethnic group. Dankunku is about 10 km from the main road of Soma-Basse and is accessible by a small access road.
Dankunku has a public primary school next to a small clinic, agriculture, livestock and forestry slightly. The village benefits from the rural water supply project through the installation of standpipes at strategic locations in the community, but there are no water line connections to households. There is no electricity or telephone, which makes communication in most areas extremely difficult or very limited.
People operate in the area, both livestock and agriculture. The most important monoculture in the region is peanuts. The main food crops are rice, millet and various vegetables. However. As a result, they rely heavily on support from other family members and / or parents living in other areas.
Dankunku next to the river has a lot of wild horses, animals. These include monkeys, bush pigs, hyenas and, until a few years, tigers and leopards that occur, but because of the high rate of deforestation in the region. Yet all of this could be introduced in the region with the support of appropriate projects. My foundation would like to welcome members and visitors to our friendly ecological farm project in Dankunku.
Dankunku as a rich cultural / traditional heritage. Culture and tradition are generally considered in this community as an important factor to promote unity, cooperation for mutual trust, understanding and cohesion among peoples. The annual cultural festival is always held as a « reunion festival » for the residents of Dankunku who are currently living far away. This allows families, friends, parents and loved ones to reconnect.
The Barrow & Cousins Family Foundation is a non-profit organization and a volunteer
foundation. My name is Momodou Barrow, CEO and Co-Founder of this organization, along with
my siblings have inherited the organization from our elders (Balang Barrow, Babagikebba
Barrow & Badingding Barrow).
Once upon a time in Niamina Dankunku, the Barrow family was extremely helpful to the
community. In memory of the great Balang Barrow (RIP Grandpa), he was a volunteer worker at
the Dankunku Health Care. He provided people with local services in the health center and was
very caring. Balang was always available anytime his services was needed. His legacy still
remains as his grandchildren realize the importance of voluntary work.
Each one Volunteer, One Volunteers to harvest our hopes into realities. Legacy Remains. Dankunku, The Gambia .
E-mail :momobarrow4real1@gmail. com/
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