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Students BBC News Report - Gambia

PROJECT GAMBIA 2013

Year 10 and 11 students from Farringdon Community Sports College are going to Gambia later this year to help the children. They are going to see how they learn and live and offer their help and support. Taking part of the trip are staff members David Horsley, Regine Schneider and Theresa Ramshaw. As a school we are fund raising as much as possible in every way – for example see the poster advertising a concert in May.

Mr Horsley said, “After spending 13 years in the armed forces and seeing first hand the deep deprivation and suffering of helpless individuals, I always had a desire to in some small way, do something to help who are most at need.”

Miss Schneider “It is now or never! Most of us are just happy "plodding" along in our daily lives and enjoy our comfort zone -including me. So when this opportunity came along, I thought I must at least give it a try ("Nothing ventured, nothing gained!") -as it is the kind of thing I always felt like doing but never did.”

We also asked some of the students what they thought. Sophie Goodchild said, “I think it will be a great experience to learn about different cultures and to help the people who don’t have the quality of life we do.”

Alex Bird told us, “I want to go to help the children in Gambia and get a life changing experience”.

Lauren Scrafton said, “It’s such a privilege to be going to Gambia and can only thank the people that made it possible. I have watched things such as Comic Relief on TV for years and I wanted to do more than just donating money.”

Gunjur Upper Basic School is the local secondary school and has 1800 pupils aged 12 – 16 years. Our local Box Youth Project and some students first visited the school in 2011, and were shocked at the poor state of repair the school was in, the cramped conditions and the total lack of resources available to teachers and pupils. Each pupil must pay approx. £60/year to go to school in addition to paying for their uniform, paper, exam etc. How lucky we are to have a free education.

The link for more details is www.thegunjurprojectgambia.com

gig poster

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