The Motonkoh community in Ribbi chiefdom, Moyamba district has come together to construct a health post that is expected to serve hundreds of villagers.
The brilliant idea emerged from various meetings convened by the whole community to overcome the problem of maternal and infant mortality that has plagued the community over the years. Fambul Tok stresses that communities have answers to their own problems and therefore communities can strive independently if all hands are put on deck.
As pessimists always see the difficulty in every opportunity, the people of Motonkoh believe they are optimistic and coming together as one family to embark on development yields dividends as they always see every difficulty or challenge as an opportunity to work harder.
Without waiting for outside support, Motonkoh has set the pace for others to emulate as work is now in progress. Wi na wan fambul! (we are one family).
According to Alimamy Kamara, work progresses every day and community members contribute to make sure the dream comes true. He says local materials like stones, sticks and sand are offered by the community calling on government and other organizations to assist them.
“We have started and now we want support to finish work,” Kamara emphasizes.
A cross section of women also stress the importance of the proposed health centre, adding that this will cut down on transport fare to Bradford (seven miles from Motonkoh) which has the only health clinic.
Motonkoh is one of the communities that harvested over 32 bushels of husk rice from just 2 bushels given as support from Fambul Tok. This year they plan to assist other communities with seedlings and will cultivate acreages of swamp rice this year.
Motonkoh is the second community in Moyamba district that is building a health post. Rogboya community in Fakunya chiefdom has already finished constructing a three-bed Traditional Birth Attendants house with their own resources. Fambul Tok supported them with zinc sheets (for the roof). Who is next?