The Gambia | ActionAid UK

The Gambia

  • 33
    33% of people live below the poverty line.
  • 17
    17% of children under the age of 5 are underweight
  • 36
    36% 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. Nearly half of the adult population can’t read or write.

What we do in The Gambia

A key way we’re improving education is through supporting Mothers’ Clubs. We help them campaign for better quality teaching and attendance and plant school vegetable gardens that provide nutritious food for the children to help them get through the day.

Despite farming being the main source of income for Gambian women, the land is controlled by men. By helping women claim their rights to own land and offering them affordable small business loans we enable them to earn their own income. And we empower women to challenge violence, which is common in schools, homes and on the streets.

How we’re changing lives for good in The Gambia

Read stories of some of the women and children we've helped.


Top image: Haddy and her son Mohamed, from western Gambia. Mohamed has received life-saving vaccines thanks to one of ActionAid’s healthcare projects. Kathryn McDonagh/ActionAid