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The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia, A Charity Set Up To Relieve Poverty, Help, Provide, Train, Educate, Provide Employment, Empower and Provide Essential Facilities and Equipment To Those In Need

MORE NEWS:

Another shipment of goods is on its way to The Gambia and is due in Banjul on 15th December 2015 before being taken up to the villages in Jarra West District for distribution. 

MORE NEWS:

The Adult Literacy Classes have ended for the present time due to a lack of funding. However it is hoped to resume them as and when sufficient funding is obtained as they proved very popular in the villages where they took place and other villages wish to undertake the courses. It is therefore proposed to try and find funding to set up as many Adult Literacy classes in Jarra West District as possible.

The Mini Bus is continuing to run taking people from the remote villages to the clinics and hospitals and having had major works carried out on it earlier in the year it is keeping up with the demand for its services. Keeping the mini bus running is always a funding problem but whatever happens it will be kept running as it is doing such good work and helping improve the health of so many people. Ultimately we would like to be able to find funding to finance another Mini Bus in order to roll out the service to even more of the remote villages. 

 
CO-OPERATIVE'S NEWS:

The women's co-operatives that have been set up are continuing to do well and it is hoped to set up more as loans given to the present co-operatives are repaid.

We wish them all every success in their ventures and hope that we can help many more people in the remote villages of Jarra West District to set up their own business's and provide themselves with an income.

OTHER PROJECTS

We are still wanting to raise sufficient money to supply 2,500 mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under 5 years of age in Jarra West. However if 2,500 people were to each purchase an impregnated mosquito net then that target would be reached and the most vulnerable would have protection from this killer disease.

If you are interested in purchasing a net as a gift for a vulnerable family please send us an email at: the jallowfoundationthegambia@yahoo.com 

 

LOOKING TOWARDS 2016

In 2016 we no longer intend to collect items to send out to The Gambia, but instead use the money that it costs to ship goods out, to set up more projects that will help people in the remote villages to learn a trade, set up their own business or provide much needed help in the agricultural area. It is hoped in particular to enable more women to earn their own income and we will keep you updated as to how this all progresses.  

 

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ADULT LITERACY COURSE

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Some of the Students
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Literacy Course Students
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NEWS UPDATED

Our application to Gambia Experience who celebrated 25 years and provided a total of 25 x £1,000 grants to charities in The Gambia was successful. We were one of the lucky 25 winners and were awarded a grant of £1,000. A MASSIVE thank you to Gambia Experience from us all.

The project put forward in the application to Gambia Experience, was to provide an Adult Literacy Course in another village in the Jarra West District of The Gambia. This course was set up in the village of Misera and the money enabled us to provide a years Adult Literacy Course for 14 men and 14 women. The village was picked by lottery, since all the villages in the district have numerous people wanting to attend an adult literacy course so that they can learn to read and write. The students were also picked by the village holding a lottery.

The idea with all the Adult Literacy Course's we are able to fund, is that the participants, once they have successfully completed the course, will then go onto teach others in their village.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED.

Thanks to the generosity of a very kind donor we set up a Trial Adult Literacy Course for 15 men and 15 Women in the village of Seno Bajonki, a remote village in the Jarra West District of The Gambia. The course went very well and the participants worked very hard. They were assessed regularly and examined on what they learnt, subsequently taking a final examination. The trial was initially for six months to see how it went but proved so successful that it was extended to a full year, the period that such courses need to run for. This course was a great success and the majority of the students passed with flying colours and are now in possession of their certificates of participation and completion. The photographs show people hard at work on their course. It is hoped that subject to funding that more classes can eventually be set up for the remaining 740 people in Jarra West District who are all desperate to learn to read and write and basic arithmetic. Thus improving themselves and their families lives and giving them a better chance of finding work, setting up a business or just making simple day to day tasks easier.

WELL DONE TO ALL THE STUDENTS AND THANKS TO THEIR SUPERB TEACHERS.
 
f you would like to make a donation to this project please contact us at: thejallowfoundationthegambia@yahoo.com

We are also pleased to say that we have provided loans to enable women from three of the remote villages in Jarra West to set up their own Co-operatives/small business's, two Soap Making Business's and one a Tie n Dye Business. The Soap Making Co-operative's are selling all the soap that they can make and the Tye n Dye Co-operative is also doing very well, having a waiting list for it's tie and dye bed sheets. In fact the Co-operative's have worked so hard and done so well that they are repaying their loans earlier than they are required to. This means that we can look to see who else in other remote villages would like to be given the same opportunity and set up a Co-operative to enable them to provide an income for themselves and their families. We will keep you informed.

In the meanwhile we wish them all the greatest success with their new ventures.

UNICEF CARRIED OUT THEIR DUE DILIGENCE ON US AND WE ARE NOW ABLE TO PARTNER WITH THEM. WE VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM IN THE FUTURE. Our aim is to find funding for impregnated mosquito nets which we are now able to source through UNICEF. Initially we need to raise funds for 2,500 nets for pregnant women and families with children under five, these being the most at risk category according to the World Health Organisation from malaria.
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owever funding is still required for this project. If you wish to help please contact us.
 
WONDERFUL NEWS 

The van for the Mini Bus Project is hard at work even more and grateful thanks are given to our hard working drivers who make it possible. The very first trip as you know collected women and children to take them free of charge to the natal clinic and return them home to their villages was such a resounding success with a massive 500 people using the service. Both the service and the doctors at the clinic were overwhelmed by the numbers taking up the service, so much so that in consultation and working with the clinics and the doctors, clinic days had to be rearranged and the service adapted to enable the doctors and also the mini bus to cope. The mini bus is being used more than ever originally envisaged and the difference that the service has made to so many lives is just wonderful and humbling. In the past women and their children under five years of age have frequently not been able to get to the clinics due to the remoteness of the villages and other factors. They are absolutely delighted with the service and the doctors are clearly convinced that health in the area will continue to improve. With the trained First Aiders in the villages dealing with minor problems, thus ensuring that minor problems do not become major ones and access to the medical clinics and hospital now being available and easy, this is just one small step in helping improve the health of the community in Jarra West. It is an initiative which has been welcomed by so many, being something that has never, ever been available ever before. 

When the mini bus is not doing free hospital and clinic trips it will goes round the remote villages providing cheap transport from the villages to the main town of Soma. Again something not previously available, the only possible transport previously being at best a donkey cart. Consequently the mini bus is now financially self sufficient.

This project has been a long time in coming to fruition, but the wait for those in need of this transport has been well worth it.


THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE THIS PROJECT POSSIBLE, WITHOUT THE HELP OF ALL INVOLVED IT WOULD NOT NOW BE UP AND RUNNING. THE MINI BUS IS NOW IN SERVICE AND HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SUCH DESPERATE NEED OF IT.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Harvesters Group for choosing us as their Charity for 2012 and for their massive support and generosity. The money donated by them during 2012  enabled us to carry on with ongoing projects and start new ones. We are very, very grateful and wish them all the best.

MORE NEWS

Our small office which is in a superb location, right near the market in Soma Town is up and running.  The 'Big Smile Project' kindly donated to us two sets of computers and printers for the office and office furniture was donated from other organisation's for which we are most grateful. We now have a small base where people can come to when they are in need of help and where we can be easily contacted.

The working party which went out in February visited the various projects and sponsored children and their families together with some of the schools, the Gambian Red Cross with whom we have links, the Chief of Jarra West, Village Chiefs, the villagers etc. A lot was achieved, but we have a lot yet to do. We were however made very welcome by everyone who were all very helpful and were very positive about the work that The Jallow Foundation is doing. We came back with lots to do and after discussions with people in the villages, village heads, the Chief and many others, ideas for many more projects that are badly needed.
 
ALL WE NEED ARE THE FUNDS!!!!!!!!!

A large amount of boxes full of donated items are being regularly shipped out to The Gambia and distributed to the most needy. Thank you to everyone who donates supplies, please keep on donating. A very big thank you also to our shippers, Money Pipe for their exceptional help and assistance. Without them we would not be able to send out these much needed supplies. The contents of these boxes have helped many, many people. Thanks to everyone involved.

FIRST AID KITS/TRAINING UPDATE: The 1st Aid Kits are being well used by the villages in Jarra West District of The Gambia and the provision of 1st Aid Training and 1st Aid Kits are preventing minor ailments from becoming more serious. The project is continually monitiored and training updated and the first aid kits kept fully replenished.
 

FURTHER NEWS
 the Gambian Red Cross are interested in a partnership with our Charity so we will be entering into discussions with them in due course. 

We have now been officially registered as a Charity in The Gambia.

1ST AID KITS DISTRIBUTION

On 8th February 2012 people from the 14 villages who have received 1st Aid Training were presented with the 1st Aid Kits and supplies for their villages and received further training on the use of the equipment. Jarra West District Chief Mr Yaya Jarjusey was also present together with the Regional Head of the Gambian Red Cross, Lower River Region, Mr Modou Sanneh and Gambian Red Cross Vice President for Jarra West District, Mr Mupahpa Saine. A few photographs of the occasion are shown below.
DISTRIBUTION OF 1ST AID EQUIPMENT
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FURTHER FUNDING NEEDED

in order to roll out the project to more and more remote villages.

KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE FOR MORE UPDATES!

HANDING OVER THE CHICKENS, COCKEREL & STARTER PACK
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EBRIMA & MR JAWO OUTSIDE MR JAWO'S HOUSE
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JUST 20 CAN HELP MORE PEOPLE IN THIS WAY
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Ebrima Jallow, our Charities Gambian Co-Ordinator and also one of the Trustee's, handing over to Mr Kebba Jawo, 1 Cockerel, 4 Chickens and a Starter Feed Pack generously purchased by a donor from our On-line Shop.

This gift costing just £20 means that Mr Jawo can now breed chickens. This will enable him to provide his family with extra food by way of eggs and chicken, plus he can sell some  of the chickens and eggs and obtain a small income.

A gift of this sort can make an enormous difference to a family struggling to survive such as Mr Jawo's. 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PURCHASED A GIFT TO HELP A GAMBIAN FAMILY IN NEED. PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED HELP.
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MINI BUS PROJECT

We are happy to report that the three day 1st Aid Course run by The Red Cross in The Gambia, has now been completed. All but two of those people nominated were able to attend and the two ladies who could not attend the course due to family illness, but who were nominated by their villages to be 1st Aiders, received their training as soon as they are available to do so.

The first day of the training course was officially opened by Chief Yaya Jarjusey who is the government representative for the whole of the Jarra West District and who we were all very pleased and grateful that he could and did attend. The whole event was not only a learning experience for those who took part but also enjoyable and we give thanks to not only everyone who took part but also to all those people who worked so hard to make the event a success. The next step is to source and get the mini bus up and running. It is hoped that this particular project can be rolled out to other villages in Jarra West subject to funding which is where you, our supporters come in. FUND RAISE LIKE MAD PLEASE!

MINI BUS PROJECT

The 14 remotest villages in the Jarra West province each nominated two representatives to attend the Emergency & Basic 1st Aid Course which ran over three days run by the Gambian Red Cross.

The course commenced on Saturday 17th September 2011 and all 14 villages were and still are very enthusiastic about the project and looked forward to their representatives attending the course, as did the nominated representatives and the benefits that it would bring.

MINI BUS PROJECT

A driver has been found for the mini bus and 14 remote villages identified as requiring the service that the mini bus is to provide. Nominations were obtained from each of these villages of people prepared to act as village First Aiders and the Red Cross ran a three day course to train those nominated together with the driver. Each village will be given a First Aid Kit and one kept on the bus. Provisional routes have been drawn up and the mini bus will provide free transport once per week to Soma Hospital for all those that need it, free transport to the two, once a month clinics, for those who are pregnant/have young children and will provide free transport for the very elderly and also emergency transport to hospital.
 
Providing Emergency and Basic First Aid Training for each village and the mini bus driver will make all the difference. Firstly enabling someone to reach hospital in a treatable condition and secondly helping to prevent minor injuries/scratches etc from needlessly developing into something much worse. 

MINI BUS PROJECT

We were so, so pleased to be able to announce in 2011 that funding had been received which enabled us to go ahead with the mini bus project. This will mean that 14 remote village communities in the Jarra West District of The Gambia will, for the very first time ever, have a transport service.

The service to be provided will enable local people to get transport direct from their village instead of walking for miles. There will be a once a week free service to the hospital in Soma, the nearest main town, for all those that need it, together with free transport to two clinics held for pregnant woman and women with young children. Transport to hospital will also be provided in emergencies.

In addition to the above, regular daily transport will be provided between the villages and Soma and back.

No more walking miles or transporting the seriously ill on the back of a donkey cart in all weathers! It is to be hoped that this is just the first of many mini buses that can be provided to remote villages in The Gambia so PLEASE, keep on donating.
 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE KIND AND GENEROUS DONOR WHO MADE THE PROVISION OF THIS MINI BUS POSSIBLE. THE LIVES OF SO MANY WILL BE CHANGED AND DRASTICALLT IMPROVED AS A RESULT. 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE, AND CONTINUE TO DONATE SUPPLIES FOR US TO SEND OUT FOR USE IN SCHOOLS IN THE GAMBIA. YOUR DONATIONS ARE VERY, VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. 

GIFT AID UPDATE


The 2011 March budget has made changes to the Gift Aid provisions. You can now leave a legacy of 10% and you will get a 10% discount on inheritance tax. In addition in due course for donations up-to £5,000 a gift aid form will not need to be completed. The gift aid limits have also been raised.

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The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia, A Charity Set Up To Relieve Poverty, Help, Provide, Train, Educate, Provide Employment, Empower and Provide Essential Facilities and Equipment To Those In Need

The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia, A Charity Set Up To Relieve Poverty, Help, Provide, Train, Educate, Provide Employment, Empower and Provide Essential Facilities and Equipment To Those In Need