Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends - supporting sustainable development in Gambia


Village twinned with Amlwch

We are working in partnership with one remote African village; SANKWIA with the aims of supporting sustainable development, reducing poverty and improving education for all irrespective of race, religion or gender.

The charity was formed in 2006 following a decision of the Amlwch Town Council to twin with SANKWIA.  The charity is proud that ithas no administration costs. All work done by members is done voluntarily.  Costs of printing, stationery, postage etc is borne by members. Every penny that is donated is spent for the benefit of the village.

At the National Eisteddfod at Cardiff in 2008, CyfeillionSankwia Friends became the first organisation in the world to receive an United Nations Gold Star Communities Award.

Village Children

The award was presented by,  the then Wales First Minister, Rhodri Morgan and was in recognition of our work with children in SANKWIA.

Commenting on the Gold Star Scheme Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated

‘The work being done by Gold Star Communities and links between Wales and Africa is truly an inspiration. Follow your passion and you will change the world!’

In July 2012 we received a second United Nations gold Star Award for work done both at the clinic serving the village and the village itself. The award was made under the environment category. The present first minister Carwyn Jones who was at the award ceremony stated:

” I am continually impressed by the dedication of the Wales Africa Community Link groups. It is great to see their inspiring work recognised by the UN Gold star Awards. I’d like to congratulate them on their remarkable achievements and wish them well as they continue this important work”


We are supported by the WCVA Gold Star Communities Project and the
Welsh Assembly Government “Wales for Africa Scheme”.

Contact Us

Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends
Llawr Y Llan, Lon Goch
Amlwch, Ynys Mon LL68 9EN
Tel: 01407 830974