Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the edge
Tales of (mis)adventure from abroad

The Gambia (completed)

Location: Sambel Kunda, The Gambia

Date: December 2009-January 2010

Context: The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Parents, especially in rural areas, cannot afford the yearly school fees of around $100 for their children. These children, despite an eagerness to learn and to go to school, are vowed to a life of subsistence farming and perpetuate a vicious circle of poverty.

Primary goal: To pay one year of school fees for 16 Gambian children from poor rural families.

Secondary goals: (1) To support the mothers of the children by selling their hand-made crafts and sending them back the money. (2) To support and raise awareness about the work of The Horse & Donkey Trust, a veterinarian NGO working to save working animals in rural Gambia (http://www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk/).

Fundraising Goal: $2000

Fundraising methods: (1) 2-week canoe expedition down The Gambia River in complete autonomy. (2) Conferences and various fundraising events.