We Are The Gambian Schools Trust

Since we began in 2001, we are proud to have helped establish and improve educational facilities for young children in The Gambia, particularly in the poorer more remote regions of the country. 

We have provided or facilitated:-

  • 5 Nursery schools (3 of which are Nursery & Primary Schools) at Jamwelly, Loumen, Kumbija, Kunkujang and Nemasu, serving 850 pupils with over 30 staff  
  • 14 Libraries, which are all regularly restocked
  • teachers living quarters at Loumen and Kumbija
  • 7 Hand-pump wells and 3 Solar powered wells, all providing year round clean water
  • sustainable school and community gardens in previously unviable areas
  • school meals in areas of greatest need
  • 2 fully equipped Computer rooms at larger Upper schools
  • sponsorship for the training of 12 teachers through college
  • the sharing of expertise and best practice with other schools
  • more than 100 schools with educational materials and resources
  • visits by school parties, students and others with interests similar to those of GST 

and MUCH MUCH more!!

To help achieve our aims one of our major activities in the UK is that each year between April and October we collect school resources. This includes:

  • Exercise books & loose leaf A4 paper πŸ““
  • Reading books for all ages and reference books (particularly encyclopaedias & dictionaries) πŸ“š
  • Pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, pencil sharpeners & blackboard chalk etc ✏️
  • Art materials including paper, cardboard, paint, paint brushes, scissors etc βœ‚οΈ
  • Sewing & needlework equipment including sewing machines, needles, cotton thread, wool, textiles, pins etc 🧡
  • Stacking tables and chairs πŸͺ‘.  It is important that they are stackable in order that we make best use of the space in our annual shipping container, there's no point shipping over fresh air! 😊 
  • Metal cupboards & cabinets. πŸ—„οΈ Wooden furniture, unfortunately isn't terribly hard wearing out in the Gambia due to the wet conditions during the rainy season and the tendency for the termites to feast on it! πŸ›
  • Computers (desktops, laptops & tablets), monitors, keyboards and mice πŸ–₯️
  • Science equipment including microscopes, beakers/flasks, safety goggles, test tubes, magnets etc πŸ”¬
  • Sporting equipment including football kits, tracksuits, footballs, tennis balls, cones, skipping ropes etc ⚽
  • Gardening & DIY tools to be used in the school gardens and to help with maintenance. We always need spades, shovels, forks, hoes, scythes, rakes, screw drivers, saws, hand & electric drills, hammers, chisels, crowbars, spirit levels, pliers, tape measures, spanners etc πŸ› οΈ

Items are stored in the UK until they are shipped to The Gambia in October. All the resources are subsequently distributed to the five schools maintained by the charity AND many others throughout the country. If you think you can help with the donation of any such items please get in touch and we will arrange to collect. 

The charity needs to raise Β£1500 pm to fund its projects and to continue to buy additional school resources, pay teachers’ salaries & training, pay for our annual shipping container and maintain our nursery buildings. To help with fund raising we hold events such as our very popular curry nights and garden parties and you will also find us at various car boot sales and other social events (such as the Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza) around the West Yorkshire area throughout the summer. Further details & dates can be found on our Events page and social media, so please make sure you don't miss out on these occasions. 

To keep our "sales tables" fully stocked we are always on the look out for unwanted household items we can sell at these events and again if you think you might be able to help with such items please do get in touch. We have found selling donated articles online via Marketplace & eBay has become a relatively lucrative income stream for us and we are particularly interested in any unwanted vinyl records, CDs and DVDs. So if you're wanting to get rid of your old Cliff Richard records please give us a shout! πŸ“€

Each year there are opportunities for volunteers to go out to The Gambia to help with projects, please go to our Participate page to read how others have got involved and if this sounds like something you would like to do please drop us a line.

We can only achieve what we do thanks to the tireless efforts and generosity of our founders, our supporters & helpers, our amazing sponsors and of course, the Gambian people themselves, whose genuine welcome and appreciation of our work makes it all so very worthwhile. 

Charity no. 1093083

The Bradford Telegraph & Argus published the following article in September 2019 which gives more background and insight into what we do at the Trust.