In 2007 the charity Afrikaya was formed. Why? To build a nursery school for children who struggled to access education in The Gambia. The intention is to help the New Yundum community to take more control of their lives and eventually end their poverty through education.
Many of you help us to reach our goals through sponsorship, supporting our events and organising your own events in aid of Afrikaya. But whatever your support or interest, past, present or future, from the children of The Gambia, the community in New Yundum, and from us [the trustees], a heartfelt THANK YOU.
All our building targets have been met through generous donations and sheer hard work on the part of our people both in The Gambia and the UK. The first floor community room and adult education rooms are now up and running. Events bookings were already proving profitable for the community room until the pandemic prevented large gatherings indoors. More work needs to be done on this as well as starting adult education classes, especially in our fully equipped sewing room.
Other than our ongoing commitment to pay staff wages, increase child sponsorship and general maintenance, our priority for fundraising during 2021 is to raise funds to replace all the roofing on the classrooms and the toilet block; to replace all worn out furniture and playground equipment; and to give the school a complete facelift. This means we need to buy loads of paint! Donate via Virgin Money Giving or via PayPal Giving Fund.
To find out more about the trustees of Afrikaya, go to About Us.
Click School to find out more about the staff and the school itself.
Land on which to build the school was purchased in September 2010. Whilst viewing the newly purchased land with the members of the local community, Geoff asked the name of the tree on the land. Immediately, Malang, the artist, responded:
“It is now named after the man who gave you fire (inspiration), Kebba. It is a reminder of him always with his strong roots”.
A symbol of STRENGTH, GROWTH and LIFE – a truly fitting tribute to his memory.
The Kebba tree is flanked on either side by 2 classrooms. The paved area underneath the Kebba tree is used as an outside classroom and assembly area. A fifth classroom for pre-nursery children is near the dining area.
To find out how Afrikaya started, go to History of Afrikaya