We sent 1000 stg to Girls Agenda,the group that promote women in the Gambia with education about early marriage,womens rights and genital mutilation,and they decided to buy a PC to ensure the training goes on and they can keep in touch with all the group.They run courses for girls of 14 to 20 years of age and are doing a great job.See www.girlsagenda.com
We have asked a friend who has been posted to the Gambia to spend some time visiting our projects and giving us objective feedback. Cian’s first report was on Bafaluto,the first village we completed.The women have done a fantastic job with the whole area of the fenced garden being utilised,as you can see in the photos.They have used solar panels to help draw the water up into pipes to make watering the plants easier,and put in a few water tanks.
Cian also met with the water committee and the decision as to weither they change to electric power is pending,as electric has arrived at the edge of the village.
After a very detailed valuation of our charity which raises funds for clean water systems in Gambia,the Charities Commission have granted us a new registration number NIC103606
We are delighted that this scrutiny of charities is taking place and ensures that money is being used for the purposes stated and that 100% of the donations are going to our projects.
We have added picture framing to our jewellery making in another effort to raise money,just e mail us if you have any requirements coming up to Christmas.
Delighted to report Momadou has been around the villages and all the water systems are providing clean water and this has improved the health of the villagers especially the children. Kerr Wally ,Ndofin and Chessy all operate from one borehole ,solar panels,and tank with the water being piped to the taps, Ndofin is 3 km away and has had an issue with low pressure,so the villages have got together and agreed the tank must be fully filled before anyone draws water so as the pressure stays good.This is great community thinking.
Our chicken project is going well with 150 five-day old chicks being purchased and reared in Njongon animal house.You can see in the photos they are growing well and will be sold off in a few months.
We have 50 beehives spread over the villages and those bees are working hard to deliver honey.
We would really like to put in another system to another village this year but we need 45k,so if you have any spare funds please donate.Every penny will go to the project.
PING Charity’s New Additions to The Gambia
We have 126 new chicks in The Gambia, all doing very well!
Momodou Joof – Ping Charity’s man on the ground in The Gambia
Ping Charity is very fortunate to have teamed up with Momodou over the last 7 years. Momodou, as well as being a school master has a very keen interest and commitment to helping people in rural villages to develop sustainable projects. He does this through a Gambian charity which he set up and runs, Future Farmers of Gambia (FFG). While Momodou is not paid a salary by Ping Charity, when he was actively involved in overseeing our projects his expenses were paid.
In the last year there has been a lull in our activities as we try to raise funds for another village’s water system. During this period and for the remainder of this year Momodou is concentrating on the establishment of three projects to supplement his modest teacher’s pension.
What he learns from this work will enable us to replicate some of these projects into other villages to enable them, among other things, to generate sufficient funds to maintain their Water Systems and improve their market gardening activities.
The projects are,
1) Fish Farming. By using Compressed Earth Blocks which we make with our own equipment he has built a 25mt by 10mt in ground tank through which there will be a regular flow of fresh water.
2) BeeKeeping. While some of our villages have beekeeping, it has not developed to the extent we expected. Momodou has now built 30 new hives, more than half of which have been colonised, and hopes over the next year to add another 30. With the knowledge he gains and his example we hope to encourage more BeeKeeping in The Gambia.
3) Poultry Farming. There is a Gambian Government sponsored programme which offers help and assistance to folks who wish to start poultry farming. However it is necessary to have your buildings & facilities approved before assistance will be provided. With the know-how in this area which Momodou is accumulating he will be well positioned to help others who wish to set up poultry farming.
All ages are happy to get involved!
The poultry shed in the making!
January 27 2009
Spotlight magazine are to feature and article on PING in their March publication.
The article features interviews with Pamela and Brian. A direct link to the article will be posted shortly.
October 05 2008
When charity doesn’t begin at home …
When Brian and Pamela went on holiday to Gambia, they got more than a tan. They got a mission – to help the local people. Louise France hears their story. Plus, we meet three more tourists who turned their vacations into a vocation
September 30 2008
Below you will find a links to listen to our interview (hosted on youtube.com) about the charity as featured on the BBC World service recently. The podcast is in two parts – both links are below.