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Brikama Medina Gains Malaria Nets To Save Lives

Presentation of an Olyset Net to one of the mother's in Brikama Medina

The village of Brikama Medina has a population of around 1500 but has suffered badly through loss of life to children from birth to the age of 5 to malaria. Last year alone over 100 children died from malaria.This to us is so soul destroying. But we have made some difference thanks to Olyset Nets who made us a kind donation of 40 impregnated mosquito nets which we donated to the village (thanks to Thomas Cook also who allowed us to take them free of charge on our flight) and now 120 women and children are safe from the mosquito at night for up to 10 years fantastic.

Since these nets were given out malaria has reduced by around 50% in this village. Success you may say well for all those who have a malaria net that is. Mosquito nets were also distributed to Farato and Busumbala where they too have shown a large reduction in malaria deaths. We alone cannot do everything but now you can do your bit.

JUST a £10 donation can buy a malaria net. These are not the impregnated ones but will still give a family protection when sleeping. So it seems that just a little can make such a difference.

March 23, 2013   No Comments

New Project for Sumakunda In The Pipeline

All KA Members & VDC United To The "YES WE WILL" Project

Together Everyone Acheives More T.E.A.M.

On Sunday 27th January 2013 the day after inaugurating “Angels Sittanunku Nursery School” on the North Bank, Karmic Angels team members travelled to the small village of Sumakunda some 40 miles from its base to discuss with the VDC and its chairman the possibilities of Karmic Angels 5th school project since its inception in 2008.

This is going to be called the “YES WE WILL” project as all VDC members have pledged to do everything possible once we have the funding to complete this project with volunteers from the youths and the men promising that “Yes We Will” not just yes we can. The village does not have any schools and is severely under developed. It has a small clinic (which we donated medical needs to whilst we were there) but this is only attended by the district nurse once a week. They have also built their own church. We held our meeting under the canopy of the church.

Our 1st proposal is to build a 3 classroom nursery school block together with teacher’s office and store and include with this a toilet block for the children and teachers. This would also include all the school furniture and all the stationary required to make this a school to be proud of. Costs of all this are in the region of £11500 now and would be based on the same idea of construction that took place in Sittanunku. The school will be called “Angels Sumakunda Nursery School”.

During discussions the VDC gave Karmic Angels the plans and budget, together with the legal documentation of the transfer of a piece of land to the community 100metres by 50 metres for the development of the new school.

The VDC Chairman Bernard Gomez said “This is a great day for the village of Sumakunda and thanks to Karmic Angels we will be seeing the first ever school in our village in due course”.

Speaking on behalf of Karmic Angels Stephanie Turner the founding director stated “This will be one of the best developments in this area. You have the University of the Gambia just 5 miles away and if at all possible we would wish to bring education to the village right up to the older students so that they can take advantage of the University Facilities once they are 18. This will take place over some years of course unless we have a very generous benefactor who comes to our aid”

The day ended with a walk through the dried up beds of the mangroves through to the River Gambia (Balong from the Roots series) and then onto a plantation in the village which helped support some of the villagers who worked there.

Now we need that support so much now to help develop this village so anyone out there that can supply national curriculum books for ages 3 to 7 and donors who wish to make a difference can contact us. Just go to our contact page and tell us what you can do to help. Thank you.

February 13, 2013   No Comments

Angels Sittanunku Nursery School Inaugurated 26th January 2013

The Classroom Block For The Nursery Children in Sittanunku

We travelled across to the North Bank of the Gambia on Friday 25th January 2013 on a delapidated ferry with cows, goats and everything that a Gambian wanted to trade with. We arrived to a fantastic reception on the Juffereh (the Roots Kunta Kinteh village) road (thats if you can call it a road) at the village of Sittanunku where we were due to inaugurate our 3 classroom school with teacher’s office, store and toilet block. There must have been 200 men, women and children to greet us all singing their tribal welcome song.

Tribal greeting from the villagers100s of villagers gather at the opening of the nursery school

Nursery 3 classroom taking in 45 children>The final point on this nothing would have been possible without the fabulous help we received from the Herrod Foundation who played a major part in funding the school build and a large contribution towards the school furniture. Thank you all for your support for this and your continued support towards Karmic Angels goals in the Gambia.

February 7, 2013   No Comments

Natalia Finfando & Colleagues Donate £500 To Karmic Angels

Most sincere thanks goes to our lovely friend in London Natalia Finfando for such sterling efforts in raising £500 for Karmic Angels charitable funds which will go such a long way in the Gambia towards our current project in Farato Nursery School.

She and her friends also travelled to the Gambia earlier this year to one of our schools to promote “look after your teeth” to all the children there the article is in the link below. We look forward to maintaining our most friendly relations with Natalia for years to come.

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/karmic-angels-extends-caring-gesture-to-children

July 10, 2011   1 Comment

Brikama Medina School Completed

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Pictures of the new school taken in September 2010

Well here it is our 3rd school build nearing completion. It is expected that the village of Medina will have the roof trusses on by the end of  November 2010 and this will provide 2 brand new classrooms for 90 children including 24 orphan children to have a proper education in their great new classrooms. Also included in this build will be a teacher’s office where all the books and stationery can be kept which we will be taking to the Gambia in December for this school.

Completion of the school took place in December 2010 and we took a convoy of vehicles together with the school furniture there and were greeted by over 1000 men women and children. Special guests ttending were Ebrima O Camara the  then Secretary of The Cabinet at the State House Alkalo for the Kombo Western Region and the Area Seifo. More pictures will follow of this fabulous day.

One person in particular has made this school possible his name is Omar Ceesay we are so proud of him. He is just a young man with no experience but with a desire to do the very best for his village. Well done Omar! This is just the 1st phase of our work here and in December all the school furniture will be installed and the children wont have to sit on the sandy floor ever again they will have their benches and seats for ever. The December inauguration will be a special day. Now all we need is the support of the orphan children attending this school any donations will be really appreciated. Remember just £3 a month will pay for educating an orphan for a whole month that’s less than 10p a day!  Just a little will help so much.

April 29, 2011   1 Comment

Karmic Angels on GRTS (Gambia Radio Television Services) plus our schools

One of our documentaries in the Gambia this one relates to the school build in Brikama Medina which is due for completion by October 2010. The video was taken off the TV so its a bit flickery but you can still see our goals for the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK1MZZOUweQ

The next 2 videos are of  our children at Busumbala having fun and dancing outside their new classrooms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9Jn0_QUUc&NR=1   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXeSqNdlEEc&feature=channel 

The next is Stephanie dancing with them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l0Gw_TAFhY&feature=channel

This is our school children in Farato which will be our next school build. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJZy0zC3q5E&feature=channel

Lastly see what it means to get a pen pencil or a tiny notebook to these children it is everything. This was our 2nd project at Abubacarr-As-Siddiq where we reconstructed 3 classrooms. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3haVd-koBW4&feature=channel

September 18, 2010   No Comments