Now all Covid restrictions have been stopped and we all adjust to what is now the new normal we hope to be back out raising the funds needed to support our projects financially. However, we do realise that for many reasons not everyone who'd like to attend a fundraising event can and that's why have our Projects web page and we welcome you to it. Through this page we keep everyone up to date on our current projects and when a project is not self explanatory we'll explain the why and how.
We hope you enjoy our visit and if you'd like to contribute financially to one of our projects then items we require can be bought in our online Store. Don't worry, everything bought is bought in The Gambia and you're not going to end up with cement, sand or chickens being delivered to your home. You will be asked for your home address though but this is just part of the online checkout process.
Work has already began on the school wall, the footing have been dug out and the concrete footings have been poured (shovelled in The Gambia).
The next stage on the process is to make 1800 blocks for building. There is no builders suppliers where blocks can be bought, every single block needs to be made by hand using a block mould and similar techniques that'd used t build a sandcastle on the beach with a bucket. The foundation trenches all needed to be dug out using picks and shovels and this - when accompanied by the block making and building process - is why the wall is the most expensive project we've taken on but one of the most important too.
It's imperative we keep the project on track as the School wall forms part of our conditional licence to operate issued by the Department of Education. On completion of the project we will be issued with a full licence and the children will have a safe environment in which to learn and play. To keep the project on track we are in need of cement, we need 60 bags for blocks and 40 bags for the construction process and with each costing £5.40 as well as an important project it's a costly one too.
As eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need then there is definitely a need for them to be included in most peoples diets specifically very young children for whom it may be there only source of protein.
However, as one egg can cost as much as D15 (22p) and the minimum wage in the Gambia (for those lucky enough to have a job) is D50 (74p) per day it's soon realised that eggs are unafordable to many. The high costs is largely down to the fact that most of the eggs in The Gambia are imported and the costs soon mount up when distribution costs and the shopkeepers mark up are added.
To try and alleviate the situation and bring down the cost of eggs in our area of operation which is one of the poorest areas in The Gambia we have built a large poultry farm in Bakindik.
With the farm build complete we are now trying to raise the funds needed to buy our first brood of layers and the medicines and food they'll require to grow up and become healthy egg producing chickens. Being able to provide fresh eggs on a daily basis at cost price will significantly increase the number of people who'll have access to an affordable source of protein .
If you'd like to support Project Poultry then chicks, chicken feed and equipment can be bought in our online store, the store can be accessed using the link below.