Bafaluto garden is flourishing.

Bafaluto garden is flourishing.

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.

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Milling House

Milling House

The sons of the chief of Njongon have provided the village women with a milling machine,to grind their own corn. All the village have become involved with making bricks using our machines and skills learnt over the last few years to build a mill house. A great example of helping people to help themselves.IMG_4104 IMG_4105 IMG_4109 IMG_4108

Northern Ireland Charities Commission

Northern Ireland Charities Commission

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.

July 2016 Gambia update

July 2016 Gambia update

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 fiveIMG_1073IMG_1074IMG_1075IMG_1077IMG_1078-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.

New Chicks in The Gambia

New Chicks in The Gambia

PING Charity’s New Additions to The Gambia

We have 126 new chicks in The Gambia, all doing very well!

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Momodou Joof

Momodou Joof

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.

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All ages are happy to get involved!

All ages get involved

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The poultry shed in the making!

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Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

October 16 2015

A major push is taking place in Njongon to increase the bee hives and honey production. All ages are getting involved!

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Report on success of Girls Agenda Summer Camp

Report on success of Girls Agenda Summer Camp

October 16 2015

The Girls’ Agenda in partnership with For My Sister implemented a summer camp on female genital mutilation
(FGM) and other sexual and reproductive health issues for girls and young women. The activity was
implemented in two phases from the 20th to 30th August, 2015. The aim is to empower girls and young women
with appropriate life skills and knowledge required to be aware of their fundamental human rights and how to
demand for the respect and protection of such rights. A total number of 53 girls and young women were
trained on various modules ranging from life and leadership skills, female genital mutilation, child marriage,
sexual violence, the importance and right to girl’s education, issues of teenage pregnancy and illegal abortion,
comprehensive sexuality education, and entrepreneurship.
If you would like a full report on the weeks activities,please email us.

The Girls Agenda

The Girls Agenda

August 28 2015

We are delighted to support The Girls Agenda who are running summer camps for girls of 14 to 24 years old, highlighting Female Genital Mutilation, human rights and leadership topics. This is outside our focus on providing water systems but we felt it was a very important area that needed support.

Anyone who would like to support a girl attending these camps can contribute £120.00 to PING and we will pass it through to Girls Agenda. Just email us at pingcharity@yahoo.com.

We have sponsored 12 girls at the camp this week, that is two from each village we have worked with and we will give you an update when they finish the week.

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3 People + 6 villages in Gambia = 5,000 people with clean drinking water

3 People + 6 villages in Gambia = 5,000 people with clean drinking water

August 15 2015

We set up PING Charity (People In Need Gambia) as a result of visiting a very poor village, Bafaluto, while on holiday in 2006. Using our own funds we provided this village with clean drinking water and a 5 acre fenced irrigated vegetable garden, an economic activity to ensure future maintenance of the water system.

This was exactly what the villagers had asked for; democratically chosen from various options by a voting system using white stones.

The cost was £76,000 Stg; and we personally negotiated carefully with the companies involved; one drilled the 90 metre deep borehole and installed 24 solar panels plus inverter to power the submersible pump. A second built the elevated storage tank to hold 25,000 litres of water and laid 2 kilometres of distribution pipework.

We learnt a lot from this project, both cost savings and possible pitfalls, and we were helped greatly along the way by Mr. Momodou Joof, a retired school teacher who became our “man on the ground”.

The Bafaluto “model” showed us what was possible with relatively modest funds. The population figures in the six villages which now have clean drinking water and various economic activities are approximately:
Bafaluto 1,000.  Njongon 1,000.  M’Bullet Ba 1,300.  Kerr Wally 550.  Chessey 350.  Ndofan 350.

Cost of providing the Water Systems:
Bafaluto £64,000 Stg completed in 2007

Njongon and MBullet Ba, £75,000, both villages being fed from one borehole and storage tank completed 2009 (Funds from friends & family and Cycle for Gambia charity)
Kerr Wally, Chessey, and Ndofan , 3 villages completed in 2015 cost £65,000 (funds from donations, selling jewellery and personal contributions).
Cost differences arose due to exchange rate, depth and difficulty of borehole drilling and distances of distributional pipe-work distances.

Economic activities
TRAINING SCHOOL: An initiative started by Mr Joof and his local charity, Future Farmers of The Gambia (FFG) which encourages the youths to learn a trade to stay in their village.
BRICKS:  We purchased two manually operated “Compressed Earth Block” machines, 6,500 Euros, from Auroville, India which make first class building bricks. We have built a health clinic, and some housing.
BEES: We commissioned The National Beekeepers Association of Gambia (NBAG) to train people in beekeeping; we now have this in nine villages.
JEWELLERY: Girls in the Training School are learning Jewellery making skills and Tie and Dye local fabrics.
AGRICULTURE: The extensive fully fenced irrigated vegetable gardens ensure not only a better diet buy also provide an income. These have been very successful and managed very efficiently by the women. Treadle pumps purchased with a grant from the UN Staff Charity Fund help to lift water from the irrigation wells: these are being installed July 2015.
BAKERY: Built from our own bricks, it opened in Njongon in 2012
FISH FARM: The construction team helped to build a fish farm in 2014.
We enjoy the challenge of running PING and we know our model works and is good value for money. It is difficult in the current economic climate to raise funds but are very happy to continue the work we have started. We have at least another three villages which have been surveyed, waiting for us to provide clean water.
If you can help by putting us in touch with any organisation or philanthropist who could help us financially, we are confident that we can produce the same good results again.
If you have any questions please email pingcharity@yahoo.co.uk or contact Pamela Morgan or Brian Harrold on 0044 7802351316.

Please email us for the full report.