Why we work in The Gambia
The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent. Its beautiful Atlantic coastline attracts thousands of tourists each year, but it is still one of the poorest countries in the world.
Three quarters of the population earns a living through farming. The rise in droughts and flash floods makes it difficult to grow crops, meaning people often go hungry.
3333% of people live below the poverty line.
1717% of children under the age of 5 are underweight
3636% of girls are married by their 18th birthday.
There has been real progress with education in the last few years, with 97% of children now enrolled in primary school. But the quality of education is still poor, and children in rural areas, particularly girls, have poor attendance. Shockingly, nearly half of the adult population can’t read or write.
How we’re changing lives for good in The Gambia
Supporting Mothers’ Clubs to improve education
We’ve supported the Dakunku Mothers’ Club since 2010 with business ideas and training. One of its 140 members, Fatou, was a single mum with seven children and no income. She asked for help to set up a poultry farm so we gave her the training she needed to get started.
She’s now been running a successful poultry business for over seven years. This not only puts food on the table for her children but it helps other children too – because the local school use the manure from her chickens to help grow vegetables. Fatou says, “I feel deeply honoured to be part of the mothers’ club. We believe having good food at the school will help support the enrolment and retention.Find out more about our work on education