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Sittanunku Project For Agriculture & Nursery School – Latest Update 2020

The school build as it stands now.

During December 2011 and March 2012 Karmic Angels have signed agreements to start their latest projects on the North Bank of the Gambia (the poorest part of the Gambia) in the construction of the 1st ever nursery school in the area on land donated by the village. The terms & conditions for Karmic Angels and Sittanunku were agreed and signed at the end of April 2012 with the school being named “Angels Sittanunku Nursery School”. Karmic Angels also propose to build perimeter fencing and an installation of a borehole for their magnificent crop field.

The cropfield is the size of 8 football pitches and there are 210 women who each have there own 25m by 25m plots where they have produced some wonderful crops which now need protection from the animals.

Now the foundations and block making were started by the villagers on 5th June and within 2 weeks of magnificent effort by many children, youths, men and women they have constructed 4000 blocks and dug the foundations ready for the skilled masons to start their work from 20th June. So all systems are go and it seems subject to the rainy season causing a problem that by the end of July the school will be nearing completion. This will enable 130 nursery children who have never had the chance of education to start on the educational ladder. Marvellous news indeed.

"Angels Sittanunku Nursery School as it stands on 23rd October 2012

The Latest Update to the school project. “Angels Sittanunku Nursery School” is nearing completion and all that’s left is the roofing and the painting inside and out. The picture above shows the stage we are at on 23rd October 2012. Now all we need is the furniture which we need as soon as possible so that the school can be inaugurated in January 2013 on our visit to them.

Seven years on and the school is doing fantastic, the Minyantaa crop fields are doing well but the local bakery that was added is lacking by not having a baker, but all in all everything is going well. The village is doing well towards self sufficiency.

Look at the latest story below from the Point Newspaper on 8th May. Thank you to our top reporter Sainey Marenah and also to Halima Ceesay, the Point reporter who came with us on the ferry and long trip to provide this story.

Some of the 210 women working the crop field

   
News Gambia from The Point Newspaper
GAMBIA NEWS FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY
May8
Tuesday

AGRICULTURAL SPECTRUM –

 New agricultural project for

Sitanunku in the offing through

Karmic Angels

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The community of Sitanunku in the Upper Niumi District of North Bank Region will soon benefit from a new agricultural project and school that will not only boost the livelihood of rural farmers but also help to alleviate poverty.
This was disclosed by officials of an international charitable NGO operating in The Gambia and the UK during a recent visit to the proposed site, where the NGO held a meeting with local authorities about its desire and plan to help the community with an agricultural project and building of new school.
The international charitable NGO, which is run by Stephanie and Alan Turner and their strategy development and fundraising coordinator John Lilburn, has been engaged in The Gambia’s development process since 2008 in diverse areas of health, education and recently agriculture.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Sitanunku village in NBR, the Chairman of Karmic Angels international, Alan Turner, told villagers that Rome was not built in a day, adding that building the agricultural centre and school will need commitment from the side of the villagers and terms and condition will apply.
He believes that KA’s aim is not limited to only agriculture but also covers areas of interest, saying they would like the school to be named after “Angels Sittanunku Nursery School”.
He announced that their NGO will finance the entire project while the community will be tasked with providing labour.
He suggested to the community to open bank account and appoint two secretaries to oversea  the running of the school, saying the NGO will provide funding for 10 orphans to enable them go to school free of charge with uniforms and school materials.
For the agricultural project, the NGO pledged to fence the women’s vegetable garden of 400+200M, remove their wells, replace them with boreholes powered by solar energy since that will last longer.
Alhagi Dibba the Director of NAWEC water and sewerage, who has donated his time to Karmic Angels for his consultation regarding the borehole and fencing describes the Garden “as one of the best in the country”, which will need to be developed so as to help improve the living standard of the rural women’s.
Stephanie Turner, founder and director of Karmic Angels NGO, said: “We are proud to be associated with these two projects, which will contribute to the development of the community. We are here to talk about the borehole and the nursery school. We hope to do everything possible to help the community of Sitanunku to improve their standard of living.
“We hope to work with the government in attainment of the government’s development blueprints such as Vision 2020. We shall always continue to be consistent and transparent for the benefit of Gambians and brighter Gambia,” she said.
The chairman of KA, Gambia Office, Pa Louis Gomez, re-pledged their commitment and determination to work with the community to achieve their target goals and aspirations, noting that Karmic Angel “is here for the poor and the vulnerable”.
For the Chief of the Village, Edward Jammeh, they will discuss the issues with village elders and two plots of land will be given to the NGO to build their house where they will be staying during their visits.
He commended the NGO for choosing the village out of a lot for extending a helping hand, adding that the project “will be a dream come true”.
Kebba Lang Sonko, vice chairman of the KA also joined various speakers stressing the need for peace and commitment from the villagers.
Mr Sonko noted that the KA did sign an MoU with Menyanta Association, adding that during working period, the donor expects villagers to come in their large numbers to help in the construction.
Yusupha Jatta, of Menyanta Association, shares his association’s principles based on transparency and accountability, while urging both parties to contribute towards the realization of the project.
For comments, suggestions, recommendation and contributions, sent them to or call +220-3471343
Agricultural Spectrum Catchword of the Week: “Our farmers deserve support.”
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Author: Halimatou Ceesay

January 8, 2020   1 Comment

Support a Child To Give Them A Chance Of Education in 2020/2021

For just £5 a month now is your chance to support one of our orphan/street/less fortunate children. For this £5 this pay for their education for a full year (ages 3-7). Also if you Gift Aid your donation (provided you are a UK tax payer) then every £10 we receive from you will increase to £12.50 thanks to HMRC refunding the tax you paid to us. If you can give £8 a month this will also pay for their school lunch and their school books.
You can donate online through GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-an-orphan-child-in-the-gambia The Big Give
These little children cant help themselves unless we help them first. This will get them on the education ladder and as they grow up into young adults they will be educated and then their children will also be educated. This in turn will reduce HIV/Aids dramatically and reduce the problem of young children becoming street children and then having the chance of that child taken away into the sex trade. It will also greatly make a difference to the Gambia as a nation as a whole.

Just £5 a month can make such a

difference.

 Here are some of the children that really need your help in return for your continued donation you will be sent a picture of the child you support, together with quarterly updates of the childs progress and a letter or picture from the child to their sponsor. Once these have their sponsors then there will be more added. We have as at 20th February 2020 Twelve orphans/street children/less fortunate sponsored out of the 32. Therefore we need your help to sponsor the other 20. Please just something from your heart to give them a chance.  That’s less than 17p a day

LATEST SPONSORED CHILDREN OCTOBER 2019

Sponsored by Fatou Jeng – Rabiyetou Jammeh age 6 a less fortunate girl from Kotu Quarry.

Sponsored by Sarah Dunne – Binta Badgie age 6 an orphan girl from Sinchu.

Sponsored by John Wallis – Baboucarr Camara age 4 a less fortunate boy from Latrikunda Sabiji.

Sponsored by The Sir Farimang Singhateh Foundation Abdoulie Jarju age 6 a less fortunate from Brikama Kabafita

 
Sponsored By Stephen Morrison

Fatou Choi Orphan Age 6

Sponsored by Derek Ward

Adama Sonko Orphan Age 6

Sponsored by Steve James

Ida Marie Gomez Orphan Age 6

 Sponsored by Derek Ward

Sirreh Sanyang Orphan Age 6

Lamin Tawiber Orphan Age 6

Therese Mendy Orphan Age 7

 Sponsored by John Waldren
 

Mariama Marong Orphan Age 7

Haddy Sillah Orphan Age 7

Sponsored by Jane Willow

June 11, 2019   3 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