1st qtr 2020 workplan completed

In January we committed to do work in 4 villages and in spite of Covid 19 hold ups the work programme is completed.

The largest of the villages Jamagen now has a fully functioning Clean Water System and an extensive Distribution Network.

In the same most northern part of the country near the Senegal border is the village of Sambayassin where the Water Systems has been completed. Nearby we carried out repair works on the existing system in Mallick Sarr.

Kerr Wally a village in which we had provided a Water System a few years ago had a village vegetable garden situated quite a distance from the nearest source of water. This resulted in hours per day being spent carrying water by the women to the garden. We have sunk a Borehole in their 1.5 hectare garden and work to complete the system is in hand. The garden also needs extensive repairs to the fencing which which will be carried out by the villagers once our negotiations on supply of fencing wire is finalised.

We are also encouraging compound holders with sizeable home gardens, 500 to 1,000 mt2 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their cultivation by the introduction of Low Pressure Drip Feed irrigation. This is a long term project which we will encourage in all 10 villages with which we have established contacts.

Below is the young forward looking Alkalo of Jamagen turning on the Clean Water System for the first time. Current travel restriction made it impossible for us to be their to share in their celebrations.

Covid 19 has arrived in The Gambia

These are official figures up to date as at last Sat 11th April. We also have regular communication via WhatsApp in rural villages and towns who are trying to cope with the State Of Emergency which is in place until mid May.

All bars and restaurants and non essential businesses are closed and non essential travel discouraged. Number 1 problem. Very few businesses are in a position to continue to pay their workers. Number 2. The Government is in no position financially to guarantee any, even a very basic level, of income to these people. Within a very short time hunger will be a serious issue and there is concern that this could understandably lead to civil unrest.

Bafaluto is the village we began working with in 2008. Most of the men there who had work are now without an income and when earning between Euro 60 to 100 per month its impossible to accumulate any emergency savings. Being aware of this we organised a delivery of 1 tonne, 1,000 kgs, of rice to be distributed in this village. We will attempt, funds permitting, to do the same in the other villages as the need arises.

The value for money is wonderful. 450 Euro per tonne, 20 X 50 kg bags. If you can donate 22.50 E (£20) for a bag we will ensure it is delivered where most needed. Thank you.

That’s a lot of rice!
Distribution took place last Thursday / Friday.
The number of scoops depended on family size.

The orderly distribution was organised by the Water Committee headed up by Samba Bah, who until 3 weeks ago worked at the Airport. He has no idea when he will receive his next “monthly” pay cheque of 3,000 Dalasis (£50)

New Year 2020 in The Gambia

Apart from the excitement and challenges of the Banjul to Barra Ferry our time on the North Bank was very successful.
Since our return three Boreholes have been sunk
Over the coming weeks a lot of work will be done by the young men of each village. They will dig the hundreds of metres of trenches to carry the distribution pipework to strategic location through their villages, in total well over 2,000 mts. Hard manual work in hot sunshine.

While this trench digging takes place the construction team using circular moulded bricks will build the water towers to support the minimum 6000 litre (6 tonne) tanks at a height of approx 5 mts above the ground. This elevation of the storage tanks ensures sufficient pressure to “push” the water throughout the distribution network.

Our very first village, Bafaluto ,some 11 years ago, still has the same fully function Water System. We see no reason , with reasonable maintenance carried out by the villagers, why it won’t continue for at least another 11 years. One of the best value for money investments we have ever made.

However the original fencing of the village vegetable garden has rusted badly much to the joy of goats and other 4 legged intruders. We contributed to the Garden Fund and a full scale repair job has been carried out. .

Banjul Ferry. An experience not to be missed!

Banjul Ferry. An experience not to be missed!
To appreciate the huge significance of this short ferry journey we need to look at the geography of The Gambia, Africa’s smallest country.
Gambia is surrounded on 3 sides by Senegal, the 4th side to the west is the Atlantic ocean. The distance from the coast to eastern border is 300km and at its widest its only 70km.
The North Bank is obviously much poorer and less developed than the area south of the river. Apart from the politics of the previous dictator President being from the south side there are a few other reasons. 1) The international airport is on the south. 2) There are no significant tourism facilities since the beaches are not as accessible. 3) The ferry journey makes travel to the north difficult. 4) There is a very limited electricity supply.

Back to that ferry. All traffic travelling from the north or south must use this ferry (there is a bridge further up river but not an attractive detour). The ferry runs from 05.30 until 23.00 with Every sailing filled beyond capacity, all hours are peak hours !
Depending on the length of the “always overloaded” commercial trucks the ferry can only accommodate 2 or max 3 on any sailing. We have often seen 30 trucks queued at each port.
There is a queuing system but not as we know queuing. Because of the way in which it is managed you can be “on time” for the next ferry and for some strange reason find yourself queuing for “the next one”!

After 2 long dusty days on the North Bank we were assured that if we closely followed the white van we’d get on this ferry…. but, you guessed it, we found ourselves at the head for the queue for “the next ferry”.

Pamela was not a happy girl facing at least a 90 min wait as she watched the one we just missed disappear.
Looking on the positive side, this ferry crossing teaches you to have patience, a lot of patience.

2019 Update

The Girls Agenda have elected a new Board to oversee the Mandaur Women’s centre and have told us they are getting architects and builders on site in the next month. We will be building a security wall around the property first and then developing the internal area. The project will have a training area, a clinic, a residential block, and a production area so as we can manufacture sanitary towels .

Bafaluto water system is flowing well and funds are being collected from each family to ensure continued maintenance. The village population has grown to over 1000.

MuBullet Ba has had a lowering of water pressure which we are looking into and may be due to the extra pipework and taps that were added at the end of last year. This system is currently giving nearly 3000 people clean water in Njongon and Mubullet ba, so it may need a larger pump.

Fundraising is continuing with picture framing, wood turning and jewellery sales plus the women from the Girls Agenda sent us bracelets and necklaces which we were able to sell. We are applying to many organisations for help but so far none have stepped up. We have raised 40000stg towards the project so far but the budget is growing to 100K.

Every donation helps our women in Gambia move forward so

please hit that button.

The girl who said no to FGM

In a short edit from The Guardian and Accidental Pictures’ feature documentary ‘Jaha’s Promise’ we follow the journey of Jaha Dukureh from survivor of FGM and forced child marriage to Time’s 100 leader and FGM activist. Confronting her past, her family, her culture, her religion, country and its leaders, Jaha became a lightning-rod for change in Gambia, her work​ contributing​ to the eventual government ban on FGM and child marriage.

Land purchase finalised

We are excited about the confirmation of the purchase of 100 by 100 metre site in Mansaur ,near Brikama. We will progress now with planning our building of the Women’s centre with the help of local architects and engineers. We really need support for this project so any help will be much appreciated.We have applied to several funding organisations but have been turned down,mainly it would appear that Gambia has been taken off many of the lists of countries approved for aid.

Who we are?

Pamela Morgan and Brian Harrold are the trustees of PING Charity and we thought we should put faces to the names.

We are excited about this year’s project, working with The Girls Agenda we are going to build the Women’s Centre in Mansour, near Brikama. The land of 100mt by 100mt is bought already and we are finalising planning approval, and we really need your help to finance this project. Every little bit helps so please hit the donate button now.

The Girls Agenda

We met a group of women in the town of Brikama during our visit and were very impressed with the work they have done over the last 7 years. They met at Gambia University and decided to create The Girls Agenda ,whose purpose is to  go to schools and talk about Human Rights for women and cover topics of FGM, forced marriage, domestic violence and the importance of education for women. They use their personal stories to inform and educate young girls and boys. They run training courses bringing girls in from the rural villages to learn.

However they do not have a base and their dream is to have a centre to be used for advice, training and if need be residential.

We are currently looking for land to buy and pricing a building because we believe this is our next project. Can you help?


January 2018 Ping Charity report

January 2018 Report on PingCharity activities in Gambia.


We travelled to Gambia in mid-January and were delighted with our projects.

Firstly we visited Bafaluto and the ladies garden committee met us to show off their magnificent market gardening; 90 women now with plots growing a wide variety of vegetables. Tomatoes, chillies, onions, lettuce, cabbages, and cassava to name but a few.

We gave then 10,000 dalasis (160 Stg) to fix the fence around the area as goats had damaged some of it during the last 8 years. They also wanted to make the pit toilet in the corner of the garden more private with screens and a door.

We met the new water committee with the Alkalo (chief) of the village and discussed the water system. When we put in the system there were 800 villagers but in the following 5 years this had risen in the 2013 census to 1389 and now 5 years further on in 2018 the estimate of 1,800+ has placed pressure on the system. We agreed with them to add further taps and carry out the necessary upgrade to the system which will cost 4,000stg. Villagers agreed to dig all the necessary trenches, organise cleaning of the solar panels and security including a night watchman, and reorganise how the money was being collected for maintenance of the water system. A new younger committee has been formed, including a number who had moved back to the village to raise their family, who are all committed and confident in maintaining the extended system.


Bafaluto was our first village and we want it to be working perfectly as it is a good model to show off and is close to the airport. We have offered Gambian Experience Travel Company who organise Tours to the nearby Brikama Craft Market the opportunity to take clients to visit the village and show what has been achieved with a fully functioning water system and a vibrant 5-acre market garden

Our next 5 villages are located on the North Bank which is accessed via the ferry from Banjul to Barra across the Gambian river. In the past this has been a very time-consuming crossing due to long queues and a slow overcrowded boat. A new ferry, the Kunta Kenteh, has made this quicker but it still cannot operate in low tide.

We visited Njongon where the 8- acre market site is being utilised by 110 women with a nursery seed area and a big variety of crops growing. The women’s committee have a bank account in which contributions from each plot holder are held. The fencing and gate were in good condition and they had money for seeds and fertiliser. No further funds were required.

The water system was well maintained and the metre reading showed 66,953 cubic metres, that’s 6,695,000 litres have been lifted from a 300ft deep Borehole and distributed to Njongon and M’Bollet Ba village 3km away.   When we did this project in 2009 there were approvimaently 2,000 people living in M’Bollet Ba but now it is close to 4,000. Since it has only 3 stand pipes for 4,000 people. We have agreed to upgrade their distribution network but only after they improve the area around the stand pipes which had deteriorated and in our opinion, was not only difficult but unsafe for the women who did all the collecting of water. They also agreed to dig all the necessary trenches. The cost is £1,800 stg.

Njongon asked for an upgrade to bring the water cross the main road as the village has extended and the road is quite busy, but this was a little complicated getting the pipework under the road. Momodou is investigating what has to be done and the cost and while we accept the need for this extension we have deferred a decision until later. They have 11 stand pipes at present and have put the extra ones in themselves.

The next project was the system which supplies the 3 villages of Kerr Wally, Chessey and N’dofan who have enjoyed clean water for just over 2 years; the metre reading was 21,870 cubic metres, 21,870,000 litres and this has attracted more people to the village and especially young families. So, the 3 taps in each village needed to be extended both to the schools and to some other locations. We agreed to fund this necessary work, £6,000.00 stg, as the population had steadily risen from 1250 up to over 1600 in two years. We originally had to work on a very tight budget on this project and we knew there were insufficient taps but we were restricted by lack of funds.

They asked for a small clinic for the nurse who looks after the health in these 3 villages and adjoining areas and we are costing this and if possible we will do it with with our building team using the block making equipment which we provided.

We gave the women £160stg, 10,000 dalasis for seeds and fertiliser for their market garden and they were delighted with this unexpected help.

The training school had several women attending a beekeeping class organised by a group of British Beekeepers who have recognised the work the training school has done in making hives and providing training for youths from surrounding villages. The beekeeping training will not only teach the women how to make hives and look after their own beehives but will equip them to train others in beekeeping.

One of the 2 Compressed Earth Block machines is sited in Njongon and produces bricks for sale in the area and was used to build a Milling House to accommodate 2 maize milling machines which were provided by the village chief’s son.

A bore hole near the Training Centre was paid for by an individual who had ideas for a fish farm but has given up on it, so we decided to get the water system completed and running so as Mr Joof can develop more agricultural training and production in this area, and we can look at the possibility of a fish farm in the future. Since this borehole is quite shallow, 30 mts, and the volume of water to be lifted on a daily basis is nothing like that required for a village therefore the cost of completing it will be quite small. The main cost, the borehole has already been funded.

The animal house at the Training Centre is full of chickens of various types and eggs are being used mainly for hatching. The plan is to provide women with a hen and a cock and when they hatch their own clutch they will repay the Training Centre with 2 chickens

The 8 men who came through the Training School have become a very competent group of builders and using the second brick machine which they moved to the South Bank where there is much greater population and have completed three houses in Serrakunda.  Their work, including a 2-story house, is very impressive. This has created a livelihood for these 8 young men here in The Gambia, and has removed the very real temptation for them to try to make the dangerous trip to Europe.

From discussions with the women Infant mortality rates for the 6 villages have decreased, exact verifiable figures are difficult to obtain but they reckoned that only 5 babies under 5 had died in 2017 out of a combined population now of nearly 8,000 villagers. We hope that is accurate but let us not fool ourselves; in the UN’s latest figures of HDI, Human Development Index, The Gambia is 173 out of 195 countries.

After being involved in The Gambia for 9 years we have shown that we can successfully provide Clean Water Systems into remote rural villages working with local suppliers and villagers on the ground to help them build a sustainable future and we know its great value for money.


Pamela Morgan

Brian Harrold