Project information

Health and Education in The Gambia

Two of our projects in The Gambia need your help: a nursery school and a health centre. The extreme West African weather conditions (including the annual rains) don’t help any buildings or their contents but we are particularly interested in the well-being of our schoolchildren and patients.

January 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: African Oyster Trust

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  • Need


    The Gambia has always been a poor country. Generally, health and education facilities have been very basic and the situation has deteriorated. This is due to a downturn in the economy, as tourism (the main source of revenue) has declined drastically.


    Enthusiatic teachers at Jappineh Nursery School provide a good education for over 100 pupils using the Jolly Phonics method - the secret lies in the fun of it and the way it captures young imaginations. 32 new benches and 8 new tables will equip Classes 1 and 2 and will provide a much better environment for learning, which children desperately want and need. The roof in the Jappineh Health Centre also needs replacing.This will enable medical staff to provide better services to patients.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replacing much-needed furniture in two classrooms.


    » Purchase new furniture and install in 2 classrooms at Jappineh Nursery School

    What success will look like

    This will reflect in the children’s work and their pride in receiving new tables and benches will surely give them an extra boost.

    Aim 2

    A new roof for Jappineh Health Centre


    » Buying the materials
    » Employing skilled craftsmen and labourers
    » Supervising the building work
    » Evaluating and reporting on completion of project

    What success will look like

    The environment within the health centre will be much improved, both for staff and patients.

  • Impact


    As the children grow, and learning becomes an adventure if not a strength, they will realise the value of knowledge and its potential for a way out of poverty.

    The replacement roof at the health centre will help ensure the facilities longevity secured by proper maintenance.


    It is hard to think of a risk that could adversely affect this project. The Trust has an excellent Gambian team, and they keep a close eye on the schools and health centres controlled by the Trust.


    The Trust’s website – – is regularly updated with progress about its many projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £750 Furniture 32 new benches and 8 new tables to equip 2 classrooms
      £1,500 Roofing Welding materials (steel tube and sheet)
      £750 Roofing Labour and transportation
      £2,600 Roofing Corrugated sheets and nails
  • Background


    The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, with a population of 2.1 million. The slave trade was a key factor in its relationship with the British but in 1965, Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom and joined the Commonwealth of Nations. The scare of Ebola (although it never reached Gambia) has affected tourism, which is usually a main source of income.


    Nursery school furniture: Successive 3 to 7-year-olds, all keen to learn and to escape the worst privations of poverty.

    Health Centre Roof: The medical centre serves 25000 citizens of Jappineh and those of many
    other small villages nearby

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The African Oyster Trust is well-established, trusted and respected in many areas within The Gambia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lady Kira Dalton

    Organising the work on the ground and checking that all is carried out to our requirements