Project Updates

August 5th 2016 - fundraising appeal starts at 70th birthday party

September 2016 - donations reach 1500

October 19th - challenge to St Teresa's School in Wokingham for school equipment - 65kg donated

Nov 6th to 13th November - 2nd trip, new designs and price agreed. School equipment donated to school. Also frequency and delivery of mobile medical clinic agreed

Nov 14th - funds now standing at 2500

May 22nd 2017 - new desks and benches commissioned by St Teresa's Catholic Academy Wokingham, are delivered to the school in Kunkujang

July 10th 2017 - fund reaches 7200 and Trustees agree to release 6500 to enable work to start on site but project put on hold after application to LCIF for a matching grant

October 25th 2017 - application is successful and preparations made for materials to be gathered and final site survey undertaken

Mid December 2017 - work starts on site with villagers as part of the workforce thus ensuring that money goes back into the community

February 10th 2018 - ribbon cut by Gambian Director of Water Resources with new Leader of the General Assembly of the Government in attendance

Feb 13th 2018 - back home again but planning next project

Summer 2018 - need identified locally to provide solar power to the nursery school which has no power at all - agreed that this will be the next Project plus provide fencing around the solar panel compound of the water towers

September 2018 - first 20ft container donated by Tenerife Sur Lions Club arrives in Banjul full of clothes for many villagers and also beds for teachers at the school in the village

October 2018 - concert in Jersey with proceeds towards project organised by Therese Tabb, wife of a Jersey Lions member raised 2100

December 2018 - Christmas fundraising activities at St Teresa's Academy raised 577

January 2019 - solar energy project and fencing project contracted locally

January 2019 - reviewing new wish list from school head for items needed - some best purchased locally but some will be provided from UK - anticipate we will have 1700 in March when we next visit to provide some of those items

January 2019 - Coningsby and Tattershall Lions club agree to supply funding for the purchase of 15 ceiling located electric fans which were an item on the Headteacher's wish list. Tenerife Sur Lions Club offer to supply at least one 40 foot shipping container of clothes to The Gambia this year