Responsible Tourism Awards 2008

Updated on Jun 26, 2018 by Matt Smith

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Kathy, from our Marketing Department, has won prestigious 2008 AITO Achievement in Responsible Tourism Award for her charitable work in The Gambia.

Nyodema - Helping People

Well, well, who would have thought it? One of our staff, Kathy Burrington has won prestigious 2008 AITO Achievement in Responsible Tourism Award - the first time the award has been given to an individual rather than a company. Kathy set up Nyodema - which means ’helping people’ in Mandinka, a West African language - in 2007 after many years of sponsoring a Gambian child, Lisa. She and some friends finally decided they would like to do more to support Lisa and her local area so set up a music festival in Bognor Regis to raise funds. The festival was such a success that since then other gigs have taken place including a second festival last year. Another is already scheduled for August this year.

The money raised so far has been used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • 120 insecticide-treated mosquito nets distributed to Gambian children in Brikama (bringing the total to date to 260 nets)
  • 40 teachers at two Gambian schools have been trained in ’Jolly Phonics’ - a method of teaching English widely used throughout the UK educational system
  • Sponsorship for one Gambian teacher, enabling her to finish her teacher training course
  • First-aid training for five Gambian teachers

You can see some of Kathy’s fantastic images - of The Gambia, the Nyodema gigs and more - on her Flickr page.



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