installation is facilitated by the International Association of Ahmadi
Architects and Engineers, IAAAE, (Photo credit: IAAAE)|
Ten Gambian villages now have access to solar energy thanks to a lighting project initiated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at (community) in the country.
Big solar panels have been installed in the 10 unnamed villages across the tiny West African country.
A member of the Jama’at in The Gambia said it is a policy of the Ahmadiyya not to mention beneficiary villages. “They told me that’s how they do it. It is a charity initiative and they don’t want to give the names,” the insider told The North Bank Evening Standard.
“The project is part of the activities of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at geared towards contributing to the development of The Gambia,” the Jama’at said in a statement on Monday, April 8.
It said few years ago, similar installations were carried out in other villages in the country.
“The installation is facilitated by the International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers (IAAAE), an organisation of voluntary Ahmadi architects and engineers,” the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at said on April 8, 2013.
The IAAAE has been working in collaboration with charity organisations, such as Humanity First and Water Aid to carry out charitable works in the deprived areas of the world.
This project is expected to not only provide lighting but also help poor rural villagers in The Gambia to communicate with the outside world.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at which was established in The Gambia in the early 1960s has contributed immensely to the development of education and health care.
There are currently seven Ahmadiyya schools and two health facilities across the country.
Written by Modou S. Joof
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