Marjie Archer wrote on 30th January 2011:

  • By Daniel Harston
  • 10 Oct, 2016
We visited the Gambia at the end of November 2010. What a lovely place; the weather was beautiful, the people so friendly and always smiling.
Thank you to Sandy (who runs the charity) and her team (Fansu, Bless and Lamin) for making our time in Gambia so enjoyable and memorable. Nothing was too much trouble for the team. They only ask that you pay for the fuel and the driver. Sandy does a great job and works very hard; she is 100% committed to fundraising for the schools.

We had a lovely day visiting the Nursery and Arabic schools in Basori. What a brilliant day, everyone who goes to the Gambia should go on this day out; this is the real Gambia. We took some items for the schools i.e. pencils, books, posters etc., which were gratefully received. We also took some footballs which didn’t take the boys long before they were playing a game a football. The welcome by the ladies was great, dancing and singing and getting us to join in the dancing. The children sang for us and recited English and arithmetic tables that they were learning.
The nursery school needs toilet facilities urgently and also needs to be fenced in and the Arabic school needs a new roof and also toilet facilities, so that is the next step to raising some money.

We went to Bless’s home in the village and the ladies cooked us lunch which was very enjoyable. Sitting in the sun under the mango tree, it was just brilliant
If you are visiting the Gambia, I would suggest that you contact Sandy at Goal for The Gambia and arrange to visit the schools. You will not be disappointed.

Fantastic work Sandy, cannot wait to go back to Gambia and seeing you all again.
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