What you can be involved in!

Bespoke Volunteer Packages

volunteer-Africa-children-smilingThe Sweetwater volunteer Project offers a wide range of opportunities to volunteer in Africa. Volunteers will be placed to work with local professionals in their chosen field of interest.

We have strong local contacts that will enable us to offer bespoke packages, there will be time to enhance your skills and gain experience in a local work placement.

Placements will be in Gambia within the local village community, or in local schools, hospitals, veterinary, clinics, dentists, or any other establishment that is your area of interest.

Whatever skills and talents you have we will be sure to put them to good use. Be as ambitious as you like, we will support you to develop any idea you have. It can be from something as simple as reading with the children, to developing alternative energy. We are looking forward to supporting you to take ownership of your own placement.

The scope of support needed in this African community is varied and wide. Anything you would like to suggest we will do our very best to make it happen.

Contact us now!

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Your Time in Gambia

palm trees and sunshine on a Gambian beach

Gambia has many cultural activities on offer as well as visiting and enjoying the beautiful beaches and countryside.

You will not be disappointed with all you will experience as you spend your time in such a remarkable, interesting and valuable way.

Workshops

Drumming

Tie & Dye

Batik

Sand Painting

African Art

African Bead Work

Children’s Library

A library is being developed on site, a building has been renovated and now what is needed to complete this project is:

Finished004 (3)Waiting to change books!

The completion of this goal will be celebrated as it is such a worthwhile project. Many of the children have no access to books what so ever. It will be a joy to see them enjoy this provision.

March 2015 Solar was installed now the children have light…. they can do homework without a candle:)

WE HAVE DONE IT!!!! WE DID IT….. AND THE CHILDREN LOVE IT… :)

Compound Refurbishment Programme

Family CompoundA compounds that are part of our renovation programme.

Many of the local compounds in the village are in a bad state of repair with even the basic home comforts are lacking, we would like to do something about this problem! We would like to nominate the most needy families and start to help them to upgrade their homes even small contributions can make a big difference and the impact of the support is almost instant, it is truly remarkable to witness the joy this act can bring… lets do it friends :)

Local Village School Project

The school in the village is in really bad condition and is unsafe for the children to use especially in the rainy season. There is so much work to be done to bring this school into any kind of reasonable repair. It stands on a nice size piece of land, in the centre of the village.

There is no English taught in this school as funding does not allow wages for a teacher. One man alone teaches Arabic to the children of the poorest families in the community, this is the only education provision opportunity for these children.

What we need for this project:

  • roofing materials
  • plastering
  • boundary fence
  • doors
  • windows
  • exterior and interior paint
  • floor tiles
  • desks and chairs
  • teaching resources
  • and an English teacher.

This is a big project and every contribution to enable this project to move forward will be very much appreciated.

It cannot be expressed the satisfaction that bringing this goal to completion will bring to any who have spend their funds, time and energy in support of this valuable provision.

We filmed the local teacher and some of the village children to show UK schools who they would be helping with their fundraising.

 

Future Developments

The above projects are our first priority as education of the children is so important; however there are lots of future improvements we want to develop.

Solar Energy Project

We envisage developing solar energy as an alternative power option as there is no electricity in the village.

Having a power source will open up many opportunities:

  • Use of computers so the children can develop IT skills.
  • Refrigeration in order to promote small business in selling ice blocks/cool drinks.
  • Small business in phone charging.
  • Lighting that will enable a place where homework/reading can be done in safety ( many children study with candle light which is very unsafe and house fires can be a serious issue)

Student Sponsors

It is our goal that every child in the village can access appropriate education.

The projects we want to develop are many, however we have highlighted a few for you to consider. Of course for any of these worthwhile goals to come to fruition we need not only the valuable skills of the volunteers but also financial assistance in order for us all the make the positive difference we hope for.

The web site will be updated as each project develops and is completed. Long after your visit you will be able to keep track of the improvements you shared in making for the local village community with the support of the Geedema Charity Project.

Thank you so much in anticipation of your donation which can be as little or as much as you can manage. A big big thank you for any way you can support the Geedema Sweetwater Charity Project.