Gambia – The Smiling Coast


Having set the alarm clock for half past midnight to get ready for our journey to Gatwick we finally arrived at our accommodation at four in the afternoon

The good thing about our long journey was that it gave the 22 volunteers time to get to know each other and as we flew the chair of the charity also told us a little about the Gambian education system and public health.

We learnt that some children have to stop going to school because they can no longer afford the fees. For primary school children the lack of a pound could mean their schooling could come to an abrupt end. For secondary school pupils if they cannot find the fifty pounds they need to continue their education then they have to leave.

We also learnt that malaria and malnutrition are two of the biggest reasons that life expectancy is low.

For us volunteers our hard work starts tomorrow, beginning with an early 7am start, so we’re all off to bed very soon.

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