Urban Colours

LAMA NEEDS FUNDS TO BUILD A HOUSE IN GAMBIA - Sustainable Skills Development Project - Gambia

August update

We have virtually finished the Boundary Fence... just waiting for the Hand-Made Gate to arrive.

We celebrate the progress we made over the past few months. It was hard-work for us but not as hard as it was for Lama to organise and work in-between looking after his mothers family. Lama at 18 years old, is the sole-breadwinner for five others in his Mothers family and helps friends whenever he can. I so respect the willfulness and motivation of this one young man.

April Update

Lama has been evicted from the run-down old shack he & his family were living in. He and his mother are house hunting for a rental solution, somewhere to live "right now" ... they are homeless....

But wait... Lama's family also owns a bare piece of land. He has planted food crops, and he needs to complete the Boundary Fence.

Lama, an 18 year old homeless youth - is trying to build a Boundary Fence on land the children's father left them before he died, six months ago. His overall goal is to provide a house for the children.

For this reason we started the  "GoFundMe" project.  

Our April focus is on the "Buy a Brick" part of the Budget. http://www.urbancolours.online/house-budget.html

This is so Lama can pay a professional Mason to finish the work on the Boundary Fence, on the children's own land.

Lama desperately needs $3, 000 to finish the Brick Fence.

We have raised some  $1, 000 already... (see top right of this page),  toward the cost of the Mason so as to complete the Boundary Fence.

The other $1000 was spent on making 4700 Bricks required and that job now completed.

March Update 

Although Lama has been making progress, to build a house, today he says he and his mothers young children are going to be evicted from the old shack, by relatives... because they need that land for themselves. It is heartbreaking. Below I show you the photo's of the place Lama's family has been living in. Our fear was that it wouldn't last another wet-season, now however the situation or need to build a house is even more critical. Please help if you can, donate to his https://www.gofundme.com/urban-colours

You can go to Lama's website, http://www.urbancolours.online/  to find his full story

With the Brick making Fence process virtually finished, Lama has now ordered the STONES to start laying the Foundations-digging a channel... to build the Wall part of the Fence. He needs more funds to complete this... please can you help and donate to this next stage of the project.

Lama said he and his friends used another truck load of sand, and 20 bags of cement to make another 1700 brick blocks.  Thats is some 4300 bricks handmade (if we include the last lot). This is all in preparation to build a boundary fence for this house.... which is the long-hall and the main reason we have started this "gofundme" project.  We need to build a house. Lama will need a lot of help... to finish this house. Please donate. The wet season is coming and the house he is living in is falling down.

Dec-Jan-Feb Successfully Raised $3000

Spent $3000 to lay a long water hose & tap from friends property. Ordered truckloads  of sand & bulk bags of concete and made 3500 handmade bricks. Used $1000 from GoFundMe account above and $2000 from a car, a donor sold & who sent direct to Lama's Gambia account.

Who am I?

My name is Maria Altmann and I live in Australia. I have worked on community projects most of my life but now, I am mostly retired.

I do hope you hear Lama's desperate call. He is a humble, hard-working generous and extremely honest young man.

Lama is very stressed by his housing situation, and appeals to your goodwill to help him fundraise and give him your support.

Maria Altmann
Urban Colours - House Budget http://www.urbancolours.online/house-budget.html

Donations (0)

  • Maria Altmann 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
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    • $20 
    • 3 mos
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    • $125 
    • 4 mos
  • jasmine Malapa 
    • $80 
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    • $30 
    • 4 mos


Maria Altmann 
Narrabundah, ACT
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