Welcome to Ngayen School Fund...
Our mission is to give Gambian children of poor parents access to schooling by helping them receive the resources they need to get a good education.
Education is a vital element in this very poor area of The Gambia, West Africa. If we can help the children become better educated, they can each develop into being able to make a positive difference to The Gambia as a whole by using the values and lessons learned in their school.
The Ngayen School Fund was started to give these children a chance for good education and to help them to help not only themselves but also their families and their country in the future.
The start of Ngayen School Fund...
It all started with a charter holiday to The Gambia in March 2008.
I had gotten in contact with a private Family. Their little daughter Deja who was 5 years old at the time did not go to school as the family could not afford to pay her school fees. When I asked how much it cost, I found that it was only 350 d.Kr. for a full academic year. This amount I subsequently decided to pay and Deja was then enrolled in a Nursery School near the family home.
Back in Denmark I could not escape the idea that if it did not cost more to help one Gambian child to attend school for a full year, how many children could have the chance of schooling if more people joined together to help?!
This was the start of the Ngayen School Fund in January 2009, which started collaborating with schools in the village of Ngayen Sanjal, located in the province of Gambia - Ngayen Sanjal Lower Basic School and Ngayen Sanjal Upper Basic and Senior Secondary School, respectively. These schools are situated right next to each other but have each their administration.
In 2013, a collaboration was also started with the small and newly built Daffa Lower Basic School which receives students from the villages of Daffa, Sancha Madina, Polodi, and Samba Soto. Daffa Lower Basic School is situated 4 km from Ngayen Sanjal, and the students from this school will proceed to Ngayen Sanjal Upper Basic School by the time they are to promote to Grade 7 and onwards to Grade 12.
Facts about The Gambia...
The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa. It is located in West Africa, bordered by Senegal to the north, east and south, and with an 80 km long coastline to the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
The Gambia is a former British colony which gained its independence on February 18, 1965. English is therefore still the official language of The Gambia, but the population consists of several ethnic groups such as Mandinka, Fulani, Wolof, Serahuli, Serer, Manjago, etc.
The Gambia's main industries are agriculture and fisheries, and to a large extent also tourism. The Gambians nick-name their country for "The Smiling Coast of Africa" and they are generally a friendly and welcoming people.