December 2015 visit to Penyem.

DSCN1446On 8 December 2015 a group of 25 set off to The Gambia. It was a nice mix of old and new! Some had visited the previous year. Some had visited a Kingswood School students a few years before and some were visiting for the first time.

A sponsored child modelling uniform donated by Queen Eleanor Primary School.

A sponsored child modelling uniform donated by Queen Eleanor Primary School.

For many this trip was to revisit their sponsored children. However, for two visiting families there was an additional incentive – to meet up with their ‘newly nationalised’ Gambian daughters – Chelsea and Eleanor. (Their visit has already been documented in a previous post). Look out for their story on this website in the near future. 

Our time in The Gambia was split between day visits to Penyem and time in our hotel, fishing, shopping in the markets and various touristy visits. One of our main and most important jobs whilst in Penyem was to interview applicants for our new Bursary fund.

School stationary donated by Chiltern Primary School.

School stationary donated by Chiltern Primary School.

We must remember that to sponsor a cute, young child is fantastic, but we must not forget the older ones, as they are the immediate future of the village. Anne and I interviewed 9 applicants for bursary funding on the Saturday of our trip.

Anne presents a mosquito net to Awa - a Penyem resident. This is one of the many nets funded by Moulton Primary School.

Anne presents a mosquito net to Awa – a Penyem resident. This is one of the many nets funded by Moulton Primary School.

Their applications spanned a large cross section of career paths, including electricians, nursing, law and management. It was probably one of the most difficult jobs we have ever done, as we would have liked to help them all. However, current funding would only allow us to choose two. The successful applicants were Fatoumata Jallow and Babucar Badjan. Congratulations to them!

Other duties were to pay the second 6 months instalment of the school funding and salaries. We still desperately need that sponsor syndicate for the school. The annual cost is £6000!

 

A photographic montage is shown here which sums up our trip.

Penyem 15 from Andrew Butler on Vimeo.

Posted in 2015

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