Our new Community Venture...
We are pleased to launch our new charitable venture, the Community Development Fund where our aim is to not only raise funds to help Gambian communities but to also empower these communities to help themselves.
Over the last 25 years, through our School Development Fund, we have assisted over 130 school projects in The Gambia, from building classrooms and renovating teaching staff quarters to equipping vegetable gardens and mending wells. When it was originally set up, there were few other organisations who supported education in this manner, however, over the years many excellent charities and NGOs have started assisting Gambian schools.
With this in mind, rather than solely supporting education projects, we have decided that it is time to change how the School Development Fund operates and what projects we fund. We will therefore be renaming the School Development Fund, the Community Development Fund giving us the opportunity to not only support Gambian schools in the future, but communities as a whole as well. And rather than just giving funds, our aim is also to empower Gambian communities to help themselves.
So how do we plan to do this? In recent years, one of the projects we have been particularly impressed with is the ComAfrique Inversol Initiative (CII), Light up a Village, who bring much needed solar power to West Africa. In 2013, The Gambia Experience was delighted to work with CII and sponsor solar lighting at the village of Kanuma as part of our 25 year celebrations. Following this, in 2014 we donated a further 100 lights to the villages of Niggi, in Kombo East and another 50 lights to Sitta, in Foni Bintang-Karenai as part of our Carbon Offset Scheme.