Giving something back
These are just three of the many worthwhile educational charities operating in The Gambia. For a more comprehensive list, see the ‘Charity Directory’ on The Gambia Experience’s website.
This UK-based charity was formed in 2007 with the aim to build a nursery school for children who struggled to access education in The Gambia. The charity has succeeded in its goal, and the nursery school in New Yundum near Brikama currently serves 135 children between the ages of three and seven. The school is built around a Kebba tree, which in The Gambia is a symbol of strength, growth and life. They organise various fundraising events in the Wiltshire area, or you can sponsor a child to cover basic costs such as school uniform, reading materials and a healthy lunchtime meal.
Friends of The Gambia
This UK-registered charity is run by volunteers and works to help the people of The Gambia. It operates a very successful ‘adopt a child’ scheme (and is always in need of new sponsors to give disadvantaged children the chance of education), provides educational and medical equipment for schools, clinics and hospitals and funds sustainable projects in schools and villages throughout the country.
GOAL for The Gambia
A UK-registered charity, GOAL for The Gambia supports education and training opportunities for young people in The Gambia. Currently they sponsor over 300 children from nursery to university in three schools and two nurseries. Sponsorship costs from £5 a month and covers fees, uniforms and books. Additionally, they support school building projects such as toilets, classroom blocks and new roofs. School visits can be arranged.