For you, dear members, we summarized the news of the past half year.
In May big preparations for the school festival for the 20th anniversary began. The students with their teachers rehearsed songs and plays, sewed clothes, organised meals, seating and pavilions.
During the Pentecost holidays, a group of 20 people flew to Gambia to visit the school, the Skill Centres in Brufut and Sintet and to get to know the country and its people. The colourful and impressive school festival with almost 900 guests was the highlight for all participants. 620 pupils were presented with wooden hearts. Students from the Amberg area painted them under the motto “A heart for Gambia”. All employees received a sack of rice as a gift as a token of gratitude and appreciation. Longstanding employees were also honoured with a certificate and a club shirt.
We are especially pleased to have met former students with their success stories. They proudly reported that they work as fashion designers, run their own hairdressing business or are successful in the music industry. You can find pictures and travel reports on our homepage.
The trainees in Sintet passed the examination for dressmaker with flying colours. Karin Neumüller personally handed over the certificates and footstitching machines to our seven proud women.
In July the sixth classes successfully completed primary school. The majority of the students attend the secondary school in Brufut. Thanks to the financial support of a sponsor, seven graduates of the Secondary School now receive a scholarship at the GTTI training centre for craft and economic professions.
The carpentry workshop with Schreiner Landing Tamba was moved from the Skill Center to the school to carry out the necessary repairs at the school. Since our tailoring shop at the Skill Center is growing steadily, the former carpentry shop was converted into an additional sewing room.
On August 31st, a flea market was held at the Kulturstift Amberg for the benefit of the association. Numerous sellers offered flea market goods and donated their proceeds to our projects in Gambia. The visitors could stroll through the flea market with coffee, cake, cold drinks and snacks. Karin Neumüller showed pictures of the group trip and informed all interested people. Thanks to the numerous visitors and great feedback the day was a complete success. Many thanks to all participants for their donations!
A women’s garden was created on the school grounds in Sintet. 15 women from the village are overjoyed as they can now grow and harvest fruit and vegetables for their own needs and livelihood on their own bed. The water from the elevated tank can also be used for this purpose. It is still necessary to build a second catch basin. The women pay a small rent per bed to have, among other things, reserves for repairs.
The school and kindergarten started in September with a total of 610 children. 205 girls and 215 boys in the primary school and 95 girls and 95 boys in the kindergarten attend Sannehmentereng School this year. The first two kindergarten classes now start with 25 instead of 35 children, in order to be able to support the individual children more individually. Each child receives a school uniform, which is sewn by our tailors in the Skillcenter team.
The two interns Julia and Iris work in the creative house and support the creative teacher Manlafi. In the afternoon they give private lessons for all classes.
Sulayman Barrow, 22 years old, is a former student and is very interested in training as a teacher with a focus on computer science to teach at our school later. Tuition fees are very expensive in Gambia. The training as a teacher amounts to 2500 € in total. This is hardly possible for a young person. Thanks to a sponsor who covers the tuition fees, Sulayman can now start his training as an IT specialist. In addition to his basic training year, he supports the lessons at our school and then starts his studies to become a teacher. We are happy to welcome him back at our school!
The tailor shop with sales room and order sewing shop as well as the hairdressing salon are finally open and accessible for customers. This is well accepted by the population. The trainees in their last year of training now have the opportunity to earn some extra money.
18 hairdressers and 24 tailors started their training in September. Altogether there are about 60 apprentices at the Skillcenter Brufut.
In Sintet, 30 tailors and 8 agricultural students have started their training.
The board team would like to thank you for your support and loyalty to the association.
Best regards from all employees, staff, students and trainees from Gambia. They send greetings and a heartfelt thank you for your help throughout the year.
We wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
Your board of directors
from Socialis for The Gambia e.V.