Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends - supporting sustainable development in Gambia

Educational Sponsorships

 A representative of the charity visited the village in December 2005, and discussed with members of the Sankwia Village Development Association, and the village elders the needs of the village. It was agreed that the number one priority should be the education of the children.    In the Gambia, education has to be paid for by the parents. The average family has to live on about 60 pence per day. Many families cannot afford to pay the required fees. Where families could afford to pay boys were given priority and girls received either a very basic or no education. . Our aim is to redress the balance and give every child irrespective of race, tribe, religion, gender or age the opportunity of an education, to learn, and be able to build a better future for themselves, and Sankwia.

A sponsorship scheme has been created to encourage individuals from our Welsh Community to sponsor the education of a child. This scheme now boasts sponsors from far and wide helping to give both boys and girls an equal opportunity.

The scheme includes the provision of: 2 school uniforms, a pair of shoes, a school bag, all school fees, books, pencils, pens and other educational materials for each child.
Sponsors are aware of the child they sponsor and receive a photograph.

This scheme involves our sponsors paying £3 or £5 per month.

Working in partnership and in co-operation with the schools, Sankwia village Development Association and our sponsors the number of children receiving an education and an opportunity for a brighter future has increased year by year:

426 Children currently have their education sponsored.

These children attend the Kani Kunda lower basic school, ( equivalent to our primary schools) the Pakalinding Upper basic school (Junior High School) and Tahir Secondary School (Senior High School).

We need more sponsors. If you feel you can assist then see the sponsorship link above, or contact our Chairman Mr Myrddin Owens (01407830974 or 07788134844)


Contact Us

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