PAY ROLL GIVING
Donating through your salary is a good way of supporting your favourite charity, hopefully 'The Jallow Foundation,
The Gambia', without even noticing. Your donation, whatever amount you decide, is taken direct from your gross
salary, so you can give to charity and not pay tax on the amount you donate, therefore we get the tax that you would have
paid. Many employers encourage the scheme by matching their employees donations. All you need to do is tell your Payroll Department
how much you want to give and they will do the rest. If therefore you are a UK taxpayer and paid through PAYE, your company
will almost certainly be eligible to offer Pay Roll giving. Why not speak to your employer and see if they offer
such a scheme.
Payroll giving is easy and very simple and perhaps you could persuade your work colleagues to support the
work of our charity by donating through their salary as well.
In the provinces families need to produce food in order to live and most families 'survive'
by subsistence farming. However this can only be done during the relatively short period of time called the 'rainy season'
when the ground has to be cleared and prepared, the crop sown and then subsequently harvested.
is exactly that, barely providing families with what they need, it is back breaking, time consuming, carried out by hand or
with basic equipment and where the result and reward is insufficient. Often inadequate knowledge has resulted in poor
soil so training as to good farming methods where compost made up not just of livestock manure but weeds and vegetable waste
improves the soil and its ability to hold water and air.
Families desperately need to be able to grow more food,
with training farmers learn to produce more, thus earning more, consequently being able to afford to feed their families nutritious
food, send their children to school, live in better conditions, perhaps building cement brick houses of more than one room, which
with stand the rains, replacing their mud houses which don't. Improving the health, welfare and quality of life of
their families, expanding, investing, saving. Thus climbing out of the previously never ending circle of poverty. So
little can transform so many lives so much!
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The Internet is a fantastic tool and a great way therefore of not only promoting your event but also
of collecting sponsorship money. Facebook, Twitter and myspace are all very good sites for networking. You can set up an event
page, get in contact with an enormous amount of people and send out your invites with all the event details including your
'Just Giving' Page details as well.
If you go to our 'Links' page you will find links to these
and other websites which will help you with information, promoting your event and collecting sponsorship money.
LIASING AND SHARING
Not only is it important to liaise with village Alkalo's and Village Elders, it is likewise important
to work with the various local authorities. It is only by getting whole communities working together and getting
enthusiastic about projects and what can be achieved and having a voice that is heard loud and clear as to what are the greatest
needs, that progress can be made.
By getting communities liasing and in unison with one another, both at an
individual and also at a community level, what is learnt, what is set up, is shared and passed on, one to another, individual
to individual, community to community. Everyone donating to another and another to another and so on so that what starts small,
e.g. a couple of sheep becomes three sheep, the trained, training others. Everyone, every communities needs in The Gambia
and in the provinces are different, so it is important to work with everyone, assessing individual and community needs, not
applying a one size fits all solution, that does not work. Once assessed and in place, individuals and communities
can then be supported as they progress and in time, with the right help, training and equipment etc, families and
communities lives can be transformed for the better but without any loss of tradition.
This is our aim and we
hope you will come along on this journey with us, it is a long and hard one and there are no short cuts or easy fixes. But
with hard work, the right people, the necessary funding and co-operation of the powers that be, anything is possible
and can be achieved.
Donating regularly through your bank by standing order or direct debit vastly
cuts down the charities administrative costs, saving time and paperwork.
You would be amazed at what we can do
with a regular monthly gift of just £1, £2, £3, £4 or £5. If you can afford more all the better.
Paying monthly, particularly by direct debit enables us to plan ahead and better forecast the charities income
and thus the ability to make good progress on projects.
A small amount each month taken from your bank account
is a painless and easy way to give.