THE people of Stourbridge have been praised for their help in donating the funds to provide a solar-powered water pump system to a Gambian village.

At the recent visit to Sintet, Ridgewood High School’s Project Gambia, which ran the scheme in conjunction with the Stourbridge News, saw the system unveiled.

During the celebrations Lamin Tamba, a native of Sintet who now works as a tour rep for travel company The Gambia Experience, spoke about the generosity of the Stourbridge community.

He said: “None of us can believe the generosity the people of Stourbridge have shown to us, without even knowing who we are.

“The well will bring our village back to life as we will be able to grow food throughout the dry season, and will never again have to go without drinking water for us and our children.

“Our deepest heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has been involved – we just don’t know what to say.”

Watch the video above to hear Lamin’s full speech.