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Project Poultry

£1,302 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
On the 12th December 2017 we completed Phase 1 of the School Garden Project when the purchase of a sizeable piece of land was completed.

The land purchased is in the rural village of Bakendik in the district of Lower Niumi on the North Bank Division in The Gambia and only a stones throw from our school the Siiboo Sanyang Nursery School

Sited on the land is the old derelict nursery building, a derelict toilet block and a single mango tree. The land is very much a blank canvas making it an ideal purchase for our plans and future activities for the benefit of our nursery school, the village of Bakendik, it's inhabitants and the wider community.

One of Africa’s smallest countries, the Gambia is also one of Africa’s poorest countries. The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index ranked the country 165th out of 187 countries. Calculations revealed that more than 60 percent of the overall population lives in poverty.

Poverty in The Gambia is mainly caused by lack of economic diversity. Over 50% of all Gambians depend on agriculture to bring in money and food to the table, but harsh weather conditions leave their farming fates unpredictable. When rainfall is at its highest, the Gambia falls into “hunger Season.”

Through economic diversity we have been able to provide a free education to nursery aged children in the village of Bakendik thus alleviating parents of the financial burden of school fees helping them work their way out of poverty and creating a better life for themselves and their families.

We firmly believe that by introducing further economic diversity to the village we can not only make the school self funding we can also create employment and use the natural resource to bring visitors to the area, create additional employment and improve the local economy.

Phase 2 of the School Garden Project is to build and stock a chicken house with a capacity of 200 laying chickens, build a wall around our piece of land and install a borehole.

To build the chicken house we need to raise the sum of £1,301.71 and we would like to ask you to consider making a financial donation toward our costs.

Given that poultry keeping is one of the most popular livestock enterprises in Africa, poultry products will not only serve as an important income-generating activity, but also contribute to addressing the food poverty experienced in Bakindik specifically during the hunger season when rain fall is at its highest.

Having an at-hand source of fresh poultry products will be a significant step in reintroducing the feeding program at our nursery school and by selling eggs we will be able to afford soy, maize, milk powder and bananas which will be used in the breakfasts we want to provide at the school.

High food prices and the resulting food insecurity have given new importance to school feeding as a vital means of social protection. Nationally, two thirds of households face food insecurity and this figure is significantly higher in Lower Niumi .

Giving children meals at our nursery will encourage the poor families to send their children to the classroom—and keep them there. When there is food in school, the children stay at school ... Most times there is no food at all at their homes.

In addition to combating hunger, school feeding also complements educational opportunities. Studies show it is difficult for children to learn without adequate food and nutrition.

“Breakfast at school will make our work easier. When there is food the children will come to school willingly and participate actively in class.” said Pa Ebrima our school Head.


Together we can change lives and quite possibly save some too.

Thank you for your time.

Colin.
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£1,302 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
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