On 29th of March, The Gambia Experience’s resort team and the Gambian Ministry of Education held a presentation on behalf of the company’s School Development Fund, giving donations to local schools.
Held in the Senegambia hotel, the presentation was a great success and was reported in most Gambian newspapers. Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, the minister of Tourism and Culture spoke at the awards thanking The Gambia Experience and their clients for their support and urging them to keep up the good work.
Two of our UK staff also attended the presentation.
“It was nice to see how The Gambia Experience is showing it cares for the community and not just bringing tourists to the country.
As a company we are giving many more children the opportunity to progress to a successful future.
I look forward to seeing the completed projects and to getting involved with any other projects that schools bring to our attention.” Andy Murphy (IT Assistant)
Funds were given to five Gambian schools for the following projects.
1. Baati N’darr Lower Basic School, Central River Region – D24,240
The school has received money for wire and other fencing materials to protect their school garden. Leaves from palm trees are currently being used. These are often damaged by animals resulting in the locals stripping the trees in the area to repair it. As the Gambia Experience are committed to carbon offset schemes and making a difference with tree planting, it was felt that this was a worthwhile project for us to support.
2. Niani Senior Secondary School, Central River Region – D52,100
The school has received assistance in order to build 60 tables and benches for the children following the schools expansion to cover children’s education up to grade 12.
3. Kabafita Upper Basic School, Western Region – D29,850
The School Development Team were recently made aware that the school has no kitchen and that food preparation currently takes place under a tree outside the school building, which is unhygienic. Funds have therefore been donated to buy materials such as roofing timber, gravel and cement in order to build a kitchen next to the domestic science classroom. On returning from a recent visit to the school, Kathy from our School Development Fund Team said “The project is already under way. It will be a very useful addition to the domestic science facilities of the school.”
4. Pakalinding Lower Basic School, Jarra West District – D50,925
Based between two communities with over 510 pupils, the school has been given funding towards materials to renovate staff quarters enabling some staff to live onsite.
5. Kanuma Basic Cycle, Western Region – D85,000
Funds have been provided to erect a perimeter wall for the upper division of the school. Its garden is currently fenced with temporary sticks however a sturdier structure will prevent stray animals from entering the premises, which in turn will create a more conducive teaching and learning environment.
We are currently looking into new projects to support so keep your eyes open, we will be announcing them soon as well as launching a new School Development Fund website.
The School Development Fund team