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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

Photographs Of Some Of The Projects

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ADULT LITERACY PROJECT

The Adult Literacy Class at Seno Bajonki was successfully completed and a presentation ceremony took place for all those who passed the course and examinations. Here we show photos of some of the successful candidates.

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MINI BUS PROJECT:
 

THE MINI VAN READY FOR WORK
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THE VAN NOW HAS OUR CHARITY DETAILS ON IT

THE VAN CAN CARRY 20 PEOPLE
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FLEXIBLE SEATING ALLOWS FOR A STRETCHER
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The first trip that the mini bus made was to take women and children under 5, to the natal clinic. An unbelieveable 500 people from the remote villages in Jarra West District, used the service in one day. As a result new schedules and clinic days have been arranged in order that the doctors and the mini bus can cope with everyone wanting to use the free service which takes them from their village to the medical centre and back to their village. The pictures below show some of the passengers.

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The service that the mini bus is providing is one that has never been provided before in the provinces like Jarra West. Free transport to the medical centres and hospital door to door. There were some very, happy faces as you can see from the photographs.

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The doctors have indicated that the health of local people has improved as a result of the mini bus service since people are now able to seek help when they have a medical problem. Previously lack of transport, roads that are just tracks through the bush and which flood in the rainy season together with the remoteness of the villages made getting medical assistance impossible.

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In addition to the mini bus service, volunteers from each of the villages in Jarra West District have been trained as 1st Aiders. Now when they have a minor problem people can go to their village 1st aider for help. This project has been going for sometime now and has cut down the number of minor problems becoming major and accordingly the referrals to the medical clinics has fallen and the health of people in the remote villages has improved. We were able to find the necessary funding to enable the 1st Aiders to be provided with a refresher course. It is very important that they receive regular refresher courses at least once a year and we will be looking for funding to enable the refresher courses to continue regularly.

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TIE & DYE CO-OPERATIVE:

SENO BAJONKI TIE & DYE
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TIE & DYE DEMONSTRATION
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DEMONSTRATION
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The women in the village of Seno Bajonki joined together in a Co-operative to make Tie & Dye funded by a loan from The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia. These are some of the pictures of the beautiful tie and dye items that they have made.

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The Co-operative made 30 Tie & Dye bed sheets in the first batch and sold each one and now have a waiting list of people wanting to buy more. To buy bed sheets in the market people have to pay the whole amount up front. However with the Co-operative people can purchase the bed sheets or other items and pay so much each week or month. This means that they are able to make purchases that they would otherwise not be able to afford to buy.

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The Co-operative are doing so well with their new business that they are expecting to start repaying their loan earlier than they need to. Once repaid the money can be given as a loan to others to enable them to set up a small business. Also once the Co-operative repay their loan in full, all the money that they make will provide them with an added income and, from the training they have received, they can also teach others how to tie and dye.

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The items that the Co-operative have made are absolutely beautiful with stunning colours and designs. Tie and Dying is a long painstaking process but the products made are just beautiful and the everyone in the Co-operative has worked very hard to make the business succeed.

SOAP MAKING CO-OPERATIVE

SOAP MAKING DEMONSTRATION
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SOAP MAKING CO-OPERATIVE
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The women in Kohel Village in Jarra West District set up a Soap Making Co-operative with the help of a loan from The Jallow Foundation. Here they are demonstrating how they make the soap which can be perfumed or unperfumed. Soap is used for personal washing, washing clothes and is a much needed essentail commodity. All the soap that the Co-operative make, they sell. They have done so well that they are expecting to start repaying their loan sooner than they need to. This means that the money can then be used to fund another small business, thus providing the means for people to obtain an income. Having received training in soap making, the Co-operative can train others to do the same. 

ADULT LITERACY COURSES

CLASS TEACHER
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ONE OF THE STUDENTS
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READING EVERYDAY WORDS
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A Trial Adult Literacy Class was set up in the village of Seno Bajonki for 15 women and 15 men. There were many others in the village who wanted to attend the class but funding was available only for 30 people so the village had a lottery as to who should attend. These pictures show one of the classes.

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The Trial was initially for six months but was so successful that it was extended to a full year. The students were of all ages, some mums would bring their babies to class and were so enthusiastic and determined to make the most of the opportunity that they had been given. Learning to read and write and basic arithmetic meant the chance of obtaining employment other than subsistence farming and made normal every day tasks much easier to carry out. The students once they completed the course could then go on to teach others in their village. This course has now finished. The year passed so quickly but the students did very well indeed and now have Certificates to show that they reached the required standard and passed the examinations. The drop out rate was very low and only a few did not pass. However even the few that did not reach the required standard and pass the examination have still come away from the course with a greater literacy ability than when they began the course and will continue to learn. It is hoped that funding allowing that more courses can be put on.  
 
A second Adult Literacy Course took place in the village of Misera funded by a grant from the Tour Company, Gambia Experience. Another 14 men and 14 women also learnt to read and write. However when we carried out a survey recently in just the Jarra West District of The Gambia nearly 800 adults who are illiterate, want to attend Adult Literacy Classes in order to learn to read and write and baisc arithmetic in order to try and help themselves improve their lives and those of their families. If you cannot earn a living you cannot afford to pay to send your children to school and so they grow up illiterate too and the circle of poverty continues from one generation to another.
 
EDUCATION IN GAMBIA IS NOT FREE!

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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