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Donation by EET Austria

We received a parcel with craft and school supplies from EET Austria. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any sender's name.

 

 

Thank you very much!

We are the Austrian partner of "Stifte stiften" Germany.
http://stifte-stiften.de/gambia-stifte-ueberwinden-grenzen/

http://stifte-stiften.de/reiseexperten-schicken-stifte-geschaeftsreise/

 

 

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Donation by Thomas Cook Austria

We received 300 ball pens from the travel agency Thomas Cook.

 

 

Thank you very much!

We are the Austrian partner of "Stifte stiften" Germany.
http://stifte-stiften.de/gambia-stifte-ueberwinden-grenzen/

http://stifte-stiften.de/reiseexperten-schicken-stifte-geschaeftsreise/

 

 

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Company Christmas Cards

Central National Europe purchased 765 custom-made Christmas cards. I designed them according to their corporate identity (colors, logo etc.).

With this money we are able to cover our expenses for much-needed items like printer cartidges, first aid materials, lighting systems, transportation costs etc.

 

 

 

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Crayons Donation

Today, we received a box full of crayons from Brigitte Taschner for the kids in Gambia.

 

Thank you very much!

We are the Austrian partner of "Stifte stiften" Germany.
http://stifte-stiften.de/gambia-stifte-ueberwinden-grenzen/

 

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News from Gambia

One of our association members is currently in Gambia in order to take some donations in kind along (medicine, clothing and other materials)  and to push some of our projects:

 

Our privately financed building project has to be continued.

 

We have to find a  company for the construction of the tower carrying the solar panels of the water pump.

 

Principal Momodou Kanyi has also received the construction plans in order to contact possible companies and to discuss everything with the elders, the chief(s)/mayors and the villagers of Wassu. He also got two urgently needed printer cartidges.

 

At the moment Momodou is recovering from a difficult stomach surgery. He lost 18 kg and is barely recognizable. We hope, he'll get well soon.


We'd also like to thank our sponsor Brussels Airlines for granting a Humanitarian Fare Ticket!

 

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100 % funded!!!

Today we received a donation of

EUR 1620.00

from a complete stranger, who believes in our project.

 

Thank you so much, Anita H. from Switzerland!

 

 

This means, one maintenance-free solar waterpump is fully funded!

 

Next steps are getting in touch with the producer of the water pumps, funding the tower structure and tanks, and finding a sponsor for a container.

 

 I'll keep you in the loop.

 

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Plant Market for the good Cause

This year we organized a little market selling home-grown, partly exotic plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had various plants from banana, pineapple, ginger to sunchoke, bloody dock, tomatoes etc.

 

Altogether we raised EUR 222.00!

 

As you can see on my photos below, the exotic plants such as banana and pineapple can yield fruit in Austria as well.

 

Just to remind you, what we are collecting donations for:

https://www.gambiaid.com/english/donate/

 

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Christoph Rombach's visit to Wassu

Christoph Rombach has meanwhile also passed through The Gambia and stopped by at the Niani Schools to visit principal Momodou Kanyi.

See link below.

 https://radelnfuerraeder.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/the-gambia/

 

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 Principal Momodou Kanyi, Christoph Rombach and his travel companions.

 

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Example of the assembling of a maintenance-free solar waterpump by Pumpmakers

Pumpmakers has recently assembled one of their waterpumps in Ndoki in Cameroon.

This is what it could look like in Wassu, Gambia as well.

Please support us with a donation!

 

Photos by Pumpmakers.com

 

 

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Donations: wheel chairs, equipment for bed-ridden people, clothing, shoes... and a stowaway.

Last weekend we received three wheel chairs and equipment for bed-ridden people from Pauline Ostermuenchner and various clothing + shoes (includig some thick clothing ans shoes for Juma, in case it is possible for him to be treated in Europe) from the Punzet family.

 

Thank you very much!


While loading the car, we had a little stowaway that boarded, when we were not looking. Fortunately I heard a tiny noise coming from underneath all the things, when I found this young cat getting ready for a nap on a bag.

 

 

 

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Laptop from netit for a handicapped student

Ibrahim Bah had suffered from meningitis when he was 10 years old. The disease affected his eyes and ears. He is still attending a normal school and has always been among the best 5 students in his class.
His commitment should be supported and rewarded.

To faciliate his studying we sent him a second hand laptop sponsored by netit.
And as you can see on the photos, he is already using it at school.
He and his family would like to thank the generous donor.

 

 

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Donations in kind from FMS Logistics

We received 2 europallets (22 boxes) briefcases/199 pieces and two cardboard boxes with: worldmaps (rolls), 42 worldmaps (loose), 36 pen sets and 15 model trucks from FMS.

 

Thank you very much!

 

(Photos coming soon)

 

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Some more work stations, screens etc.

We received 7 workstations, screens, a server etc. from CNE.

Thank you very much!

 

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IKEA solar powered desk lamps - Report

In our last container we sent 85 IKEA solar powered desk lamps.

The children use them every evening for studying  and they help the families a lot in their everyday life.

 

Because of these lamps, each family could safe 50 Dalasi (about 1 Euro) a week, that they'd spent for candles before. Over a period of now 1 1/2 years, that's quite a lot of money for them.
Plus, these lamps reduced the fire hazard.

They say, that the desk lamps made their lives a lot easier.

 

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"Pumpmakers" supports GAMBIAid

Thank you very much Pumpmakers for supporting GAMBIAid with a donation and adding our project to your homepage: https://pumpmakers.com/de/

This company is producing the maintenance free solar water pumps we're currently trying to raise the funds for - for the water supply of Wassu, Gambia.

 

>>Based on the latest technology as well as a sustainable and patented concept, Dietmar Stuck, an experienced Austrian well-builder, founder & CEO of Pumpmakers, developed the world’s first DIY Solar Pump in 2010 together with a team of engineers and constructors.

His goal is clear: “Pumpmakers aims at providing millions of people all over the world with access to safe, clean drinking water - and work. Our DIY concept offers a unique opportunity to all those wanting to start their own business. More importantly, it fosters self-sufficiency as it provide s people with the water they need for farming, for their livestock, and for growing their own crops, vegetables and fruit.

Our concepts therefore helps reduce worldwide water shortages and poverty.”<<

 

Watch the video below to learn how these pumps are making a difference!

 

Please support our project with a donation as well by clicking on one of the donation links to the right.

 

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"Stifte stiften" delivery

4 banana boxes full of donated school materials by "Stifte stiften" for our next container have just arrived in our storage. Thank you very much!!!

 

Please keep collecting, the donations are going to make many children happy!

Austrian donors: Please feel free to send your collected items directly to us (not via Germany). Do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

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GAMBIAid on the IKEA homepage

IKEA Vösendorf made GAMBIAid officially a part of their social commitment program:  http://www.ikea.com/at/de/store/voesendorf/people_planet_voesendorf#soziales

(bottom of the page)

 

Thank you very much for your continuous support!

 

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Report by "Stifte stiften"

Our partner "Stifte stiften" in Germany wrote a great and very detailed article about Gambia and our work there:

http://www.stifte-stiften.de/gambia-stifte-ueberwinden-grenzen/

 

"Stifte stiften" is a campaign by 1-2-3 Kinderfonds foundation. Children, adults, authorities and companies donate second-hand and new school materials for children in Africa.

 

"Stifte stiften" has already provided school materials for our container in 2015.

 

Thank you very much for the support!

 

 

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The parcel has finally arrived at the Niani schools in Wassu

The parcel containing the printer cartidges etc. has finally arrived in Wassu, where it was already eagerly awaited. The final exams are imminent and the old toners were empty already.

 

Principal Momodou Kanyi (right) is thanking the generous donors.

 

PS: On the photo to the right, you can see the principal's office with one of the donated chairs, screens, keyboards, printers and some of the Mondi copy paper.

 

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Some more IKEA donations

Today I went to pick up some more donations from IKEA:

 

25 packets of MÅLA colored pencils, total value EUR 100,00.

 

The pencils are water-soluble, so with a wet brush the kids can blend colors in their drawing for creative results.

 

Each packet contains 10 natural solid pine wood pencils and a sharpener.

 

Thank you very much again for the support!

 

 

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GSSAA Inter-School Athletics Heat - FIRST RESULTS

The Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School finished 9th (out of 50 schools) in the tournament.

Five students even qualified to represent the school at the national competition next month in Banjul.

 

Congrats!

 

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GAMBIA Independence Day

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18 February
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Today is Gambia's Independence Day!

 

Independence Day celebrations are held every on the 18th February of each year which marks the day when Gambia gained full independence from colonial Britain in 1965. It is normally celebrated in Banjul at McCarthy Square with a march pass by school children, civil servants, the army, teachers and others in front of the President and other dignitaries.

 

Background:
The country had gained internal self-government earlier in 1963.

The Gambia Independence Act 1964 (1964 c. 93) was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. It came into operation on December 17, 1964.

The Act made provisions for the Gambia to gain full independence and become a member of the Commonwealth of Nations; prior to this, it had been a fully self-governing crown colony.

"1. Fully responsible status of The Gambia.
On and after 18th February, 1965 (in this Act referred to as "the appointed day") all those territories which immediately before the appointed day are comprised either in the Colony of the Gambia or in the Protectorate of the Gambia shall together form part of Her Majesty’s dominions under the name of The Gambia; and on and after that day Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the government of those territories."

"1965: Countdown to Gambian independence -
The Duke and Duchess of Kent have celebrated the end of 300 years of colonial rule in Gambia with 35 chiefs. At midnight Gambia will become the smallest - and 37th - sovereign state in Africa and the last of Britain's West African colonies to gain independence.

It was the first African nation conquered by the British and will become the 21st member of the Commonwealth, as well as the 116th member of the United Nations.

Representing the Queen, the royal couple was escorted to the mansa bengo - gathering of kings - by Gambian Prime Minister Dawda Jawara and Governor Sir John Paul.

All the Gambian leaders showed their respect by removing their shoes before greeting the British dignitaries.

The oldest chief, Toure Sagniang, said: "It gives us confidence to know that as a monarchy we are members of that family of which the Queen is head."

And he thanked the UK for its assistance in making the transition to independence.

The traditional ceremony - in the village of Brikama, 22 miles from the capital, Bathurst - included soothsayers and standard bearers, accompanied by drumming and string instruments.

Guests from around 30 nations were present, including the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, George Mennen, and the Soviet Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Grigori Pashchenko.

Flag up -
The major celebration will begin tonight when the Union Jack is lowered for the last time and replaced with the red, white, blue and green of the Gambian national flag.

Presentations from the Gambian and British delegations will complete the formal beginning of independence.

The British Government has promised to provide support for Gambia, valued at £3m for the next two-and-a-half years".

In 1965 the Gambia had a total population of 320,000.

 

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GSSAA Inter-School Athletics Heat

The Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School is currently on the region's sports week. The athletes will be traveling to Bansang SSS (Bansang Senior Secondary School) for the inter schools sports competition for a period of four days. Wish them good luck!

 

Talented athletes in the secondary school system are expected to seek qualification to take part in the 2016 National Interschool Athletics Championship in various zones starting this weekend.

The Gambia Secondary School Athletics Association (GSSAA) will begin countrywide athletics heats with schools in North Bank and Lower River Regions at the Farafenni Mini-stadium this morning.

The event is expected to wrap up on Sunday with a complete list of qualifiers for the finals.

The following week will feature schools in Central, and Upper River Regions at the Bansang Senior Secondary School grounds, while the heats for schools in the West Coast Region will take place at Bottrop Senior Secondary School grounds a week later.

The final heats is expected to take place at the National Independence Stadium for schools in Region one.

Speaking to The Point Newspaper at the Jarra Soma Bus Station on transit to Farafenni, Augustus A. Mendy noted that the ground is ready for the heats to begin.

"All work is done to ensure that schools are welcomed to participate according to the scheduled dates," he said.

The event is entirely for students in the junior and secondary school levels, he said, adding that none else shall be eligible to participate.

He said heats are expected to be competitive because for an athlete to qualify for the national championship he or she has to be the first or second best in timing for the tract events and best or second best in performance in the field events.

The National Athletics Championship for this year, according to Mr Mendy, is expected to take place at the National Independence Stadium two weeks after the nationwide heats.

It would be recalled that the Gambia Senior Secondary School were winners of the last year's finals followed by Bottrop Senior Secondary School, and Essau Senior Secondary School in the third place.

In the junior school level, Latrikunda Sabiji won the title followed by Barra/Essau Upper Basic School and Brikama Upper Basic School respectively.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602051124.html

 

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LABDOO

 

GAMBIAid has now also teamed up with Labdoo!

 

 

 

Here is GAMBIAid’s link at Labdoo: https://www.labdoo.org/edoovillage?e=24205

 

Our “Labdoo Hub” is situated in Vienna: https://www.labdoo.org/hub?h=449

 

 

LABDOO is a humanitarian social network joined by people around the world who want to make our planet a better place by providing those in underdeveloped regions (both in the developing and the developed world) a chance at a better education. The goal of the social network is to send unused laptops, ebook readers, tablet-PCs and any device that can be loaded with education software to needy schools around the world using colaboration and without incurring any economic or environmental costs.

 

To set the ground, at Labdoo we call these unused computer devices dootronics, as in labdoo electronics. A dootronic is therefore any laptop, tablet, ebook or device in general that can be loaded with education software and sustainably transported to a needy school.

 

The world retires every year hundreds of millions of dootronics that are still in perfect condition. Simply by sanitizing and loading them with learning software, they can become a very powerful tool to unlock education around the world.

 

How is it possible to collect unused learning devices around the world and sustainably send them where needed without damaging the Planet? Namely, through the combination of two basic building blocks: (1) technology/information sharing and (2) massive global goodwill collaboration. To achieve sustainable organic growth and prevent damaging the planet, we use a collaborative grassroots social networking system. This allows Labdoo to globally unlock resources which are found in excess capacity (such as unused laptops, travelers, know-how, goodwill, etc.). Labdoo and its approach to help bring education around the globe has been acknowledged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as "promoting a valuable and sustainable contribution to the development of educational learning in foreign countries".

 

How does Labdoo work and how can I make a contribution towards helping spread education? Through five simple steps:

 

  • STEP 1. Tag your unused dootronics. Do you have unused laptops or devices that can be repurposed for education? or do you know a friend, a relative, an organization or a company who has them? then the first step is to tag the devices (the dootronics) you collect so that they can be efficiently organized inside the global inventory. To tag a dootronic, log into your Labdoo account (create your own account first if you have not done so yet) and from the menu located at the top of this page click on the option "Dootronics" and then the sub-option "Tag". In this step, the dootronic is marked with status S0 (tagged) or S1 (donated).
  • STEP 2. Sanitize your dootronics. Once tagged, the dootronic needs to be sanitized and loaded with the education software. You have two options here: (1) you can do this process on your own by following the steps decribed in the sanitation manual; (2) alternatively, you can locate your closest Labdoo hub where you can bring the dootronic so that other labdooers in the hub can carry out the sanitation process for you. In this step, the dootronic is marked with status S2 (sanitized) or S3 (assigned to a school).
  • STEP 3. Identify a dootrip. Once the dootronic is sanitized, we need to identify a CO2-neutral traveling resource that can bring it to a school. We call this type of transportation resource dootrip (as in Labdoo trip). Here again you have two options: (1) if you are traveling to a location near to a needy school, then register your own dootrip by clicking on "Dootrips" and then "Create" from the menu located at the top of this page and use your own trip to bring the laptop to a destination school; (2) alternatively, you can also bring the dootronic to your closest Labdoo hub where other labdooers can help find a dootrip resource to transport it to a school. In this step, the dootronic is marked with status T1 (in transit).
  • STEP 4. Track your dootronics towards 'mission accomplished'. You can track the progress your dootronic makes towards reaching a school by selecting from the menu at the top of this page the option "Dootronic" and then the sub-option "My dootronics" (make sure you are logged into your account.) Click on the specific dootronic, you will be able to see information such as its current status, its geolocalization or its associated destination school. Play around, you will see that you have many different ways to track and contribute to the progress of your dootronic to complete its mission, including options such as uploading pictures, linking a dootronic to a dootrip, reviewing its historical records, and ensuring its status and parameters are most up to date, among many others. In this step, the dootronic is marked with status S4 (delivered).
  • STEP 5. Recycle broken dootronics. The final destination of all devices is a recycling center, so that we can preserve the environment and eleminate electronic waste. If you detect that a deployed device stops functioning, you can change its status and request a dootrip to rescue it and properly recycle it. In this step, the dootronic is marked with status S5 (broken) or S6 (recycled).

 

To find out more, please follow the link: https://www.labdoo.org/content/faq

 

 

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IKEA donations

Gambia soon will be proclaimed a kingdom ;o)

 

IKEA donated 135 stuffed toy kings for the children (total value almost EUR 1,000.00), plus 30 packets of chalk (EUR 60.00).

I went to pick up the donations this afternoon.

The car jam-packed, I was expecting a police escort for this royal transport.

 

 

Thank you very much to IKEA, especially to Nina Höfinger and Daniela Luther, for supporting us again!

 

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Parcel on the way

Yesterday, we packed a parcel with various badly needed printer cartidges for the schools and a camera for photo-updates by Principal Momodou Kanyi. The container will be leaving today and should arrive at Banjul harbor in about one month.

 

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Company Christmas Cards

Central National Europe purchased 550 custom-made Christmas cards. I designed them according to their corporate identity (colors, logo etc.).

With this money we are able to cover our expenses for much-needed items like printer cartidges, first aid materials, lighting systems, transportation costs etc.

 

Thank you very much also to the print shop Gugler for producing them at a NGO-price again and the support.

 

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Spare printer cartridges from RICOH

Today we received two spare printer cartidges for the printer, RICOH has already donated in July 2015. The capacity of each is 11,000 pages.

 

Thanks a lot!

 

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GAMBIAid Folder sponsored by Depot Lager- und Handels GmbH

Depot Lager- und Handels GmbH defrays the costs for the production of our new info folder.

Additionally to their ongoing support including free storage place for the donated goods, handling of incoming goods, container loading etc.

Thank you very much!

Our new Folder - Overview of our work

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1st picture: right side = front, center = back, left side = first page inside

2. picture: inside

Thanks to Gugler print shop for the proficient support and printing at NGO price.

 

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Supporter: Raiffeisen Bank

The Raiffeisen Regionalbank Gänserndorf is supporting GAMBIAid with a donation account.

Ms Hofer, from the bank branch Schönkirchen-Reyersdorf, took the time to make a tailor-made offer to meet GAMBIAid's particular needs. We'd been looking for a bank that is as reliable and steady as possible, respecting their own employees and wouldn't push us to sign any contract, but taking the time for counseling. Plus, we are receiving 100 free pre-printed payment forms annually.

 

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New Sponsor: Dehn

Dehn Austria is promoting our project to offer at least a certain level of protection for buildings (and of course people) in Gambia.

 

Mr Andreas Kaltenbrunner, director of  Dehn Austria, was even kind enough to take the donated equipment all the way from Enns to Vienna.

 

We received about 20 kg round wires, 50 kg strips, earthing spikes, wall conductor holders, equipotential bonding bars and surge arresters.

Now we're able to equip at least 1 building (depending on the size) with lighting protection.


 

About Dehn:

 

  • Fourth-generation family-owned company since 1910
  • 1,600 employees worldwide, 1,300 of them in Germany
  • 150 employees in our Product/Market Management and R&D/Construction Department
  • 150 apprentices
  •  4,000 devices and components
  • 18 sales offices in Germany
  • Sales in more than 70 countries as well as 18 subsidiaries and own offices worldwide

 

 

 

 Thank you very much for your support!

 

 

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New Email Address

GAMBIAid can be now reached at its brand-new email address info@gambiaid.com



The old ones are still working though.

 

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Giving Tuesday

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, GAMBIAid is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.


Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give this December 1.

Some ideas include:
1. Get your workplace and local government officials, nonprofits, and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website (www.givingtuesday.org) and to organize a campaign that promotes a cause or charity that is meaningful to them.

2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visiting www.givingtuesday.org/join to receive updates, event invitations, and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.

3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.

4.Localize #GivingTuesday for your town, city, or state. Many organizations have come together to build local #GivingTuesday campaigns in their neighborhoods. Reach out to other organizations to see how together, you can have a greater impact this December 1.
There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

 

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Donations September/October 2015

In September and October, one of our association members travelled to Gambia and took some material with him:

 

  • First aid materials, medications such as pain killers, sphygmomanometers and other health care products
  • Printer cartidges for the schools
  • flood light with motion sensor (more safty at night)
  • clothes
  • etc.


and took little Sera to the ophthalmic clinic.

She seems to have an infection, which is going to be treated first. We have to clarify the general condition of her eyes as well, as they look different. If they can't treat her in Bansang, where she lives, we are going to take her to Kanifing, where a specialist is informed already.

If anyone has an idea or knows advice, please let me know.

 

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Reorganization of www.GAMBIAid.com

In order to make the homepage's content more clearly, the page was devided into "Deutsch" (German) and "English". All information and news can now be found in both languages as ever, but in their own division.

Unfortunately, due to this rearrangement all the facebook likes are lost; the webhost doesn't transfer them to the new pages.
Only the likes of GAMBIAid's facebook page itself are still there.

So, if you revisit this homepage, please relike it as well. Of course new visitors are also very welcome to like GAMBIAid.
Don't forget to follow us on facebook too: www.facebook.com/GAMBIAid

 

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Homepage Update

We're currently updating the homepage. Soon you will be able to choose between a seperate page for German and English.

Stay tuned!

 

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How to donate


You can use your credit card or PayPal for donations.

If you only want to support my project and don't want to send any money to fund the plattform Betterplace, you can choose in the menu accordingly: "not this time" (see screenshot)

Limit 600x450 bp

If you prefer not to use the payment methods mentioned above or you don't want to use Betterplace at all, you can contact me anytime at http://www.GAMBIAid.com.

 

Every contribution counts!

 

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GAMBIAid has its own domain

Finally GAMBIAid got its own domain and can be found at http://www.GAMBIAid.com. The old web address is still working though and will redirect you to the new domain.

 

 PS: Of course, no donated money was utilized to finance this homepage.

 

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Printer Cartidges for the Niani Schools in Wassu

The principal received 20 printer cartidges for the Brother ink jet printer and a print head cleaner. Due to possible customs restrictions in Gambia, we couldn't risk to take more this time. Next time, we are going to bring along some more cartidges for the other printers.

 

 

Principal Momodou Kanyi is thanking the generous donors.

 

 

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Lightning Protection for Gambia

Cumulonimbus, thunderstorm cloud, Gewitterwolke
Cumulonimbus, thunderstorm cloud, Gewitterwolke

Yesterday evening I had a very helpful and interesting meeting with DI Dr. Gerhard Diendorfer, the director of ALDIS.

ALDIS (Austrian Lightning Detection and Information System) is a joint project of OVE Austrian Electrotechnical Association and Austrian Power Grid AG . The goal of this project is real-time monitoring of lightning activity in the area of Central Europe and providing this information to meteorological services, insurance companies and power utilities. In addition the results of lightning research activities by the ALDIS team are well acknowledged by the international research community and documented in numerous journal papers and conference contributions.

 

We discussed possibilities for lightning protection in Gambia.

The edge of the Sahara desert and Central Africa have to regularly face very intense thunderstorms. Gambia, though not in the center of these hotspots, still counts 3 times more lightnings than Europe.

About time to find solutions to protect people and their property.

Further info about this topic coming soon.

 

Thank you very much for your support, Mr. Diendorfer!

 

More information about Dr. Diendorfer can be found e.g. here.

 


All photos by me
All photos by me

The map above shows the average yearly counts of lightning flashes per square kilometer from 1995 to 2013. Areas with the fewest number of flashes each year are grey and purple; areas with the largest number of lightning flashes - as many as 150 per year per square kilometer (0.4 square miles) - are bright pink. The Democratic Republic of Congo was found to have the most over the period.

This comparable Nasa map shows global lightning strikes from January 1998 to 2013 from the NASA/MSFC Lighting Imaging Sensor
This comparable Nasa map shows global lightning strikes from January 1998 to 2013 from the NASA/MSFC Lighting Imaging Sensor

More information about thunderstorms in Africa can be found e.g. here.

 

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New Project: Solar Water Pump for Wassu

On the right side of GAMBAid's homepage you can find the links leading directly to the donation platform "betterplace.org" or you click on the tab "Appeal/Spendenaufruf" or via the menu bar at  "Appeal".

These links mentioned above lead to our newest project: a maintenance free solar powered water pump for Wassu.

 

This project is aiming to finance a solar powered, maintenance free water well for Wassu, Gambia. Clean water is essential.

The out-dated well in Wassu, that provides 2 schools with 700 children and the neighboring village with water, is regularly breaking down because of wearout etc. In short: It's basically useless.
In order to ensure a sufficent water supply, we contacted a producer of solar powered, maintenance free water wells. They are willing to provide us with a well kit (limited edition). But of course not for free. That's why we urgently have to raise the needed funds.

This water pump would also irrigate the nearby (school-)gardens, where vegetables and fruits are grown.

Please help us to put this project into effect!



The Solar Pump is both a cost-effective and a sustainable solution. It

  • incurs no running costs,


  • uses renewable solar energy to easily pump water out of water wells,


  • efficiently pumps up to a depth of 100m/300ft,


  • allows water to be pumped at night, using the optional hand pump,


  • requires NO maintenance at all (high-quality maintenance-free materials make this possible),


  • is salt water resistant to avoid corrosion to the piston unit,


  • is affordable and can be manufactured all over the world to foster local economic development,


  • and can easily be assembled locally with local skills and parts.

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you very much for your support!



Photos courtesy of pumpmakers.com
Photos courtesy of pumpmakers.com

 

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The Sphygmomanometer-Story

Let me share a story, about how a donation can improve lives.

 We bought simple sphygmomanometers (device for measuring the blood pressure) and took them to Gambia. One family in Bansang received one of them.

I heard, that meanwhile every morning the elderly people are queuing up in their frontyard to have their blood pressure measured.

They are little professionals already, coming early morning before breakfast, relaxing 15-20 minutes, so they can measure the resting heart rate, not saying a word and not moving, recording the results and adjusting their habits accordingly. They say, it really helps them to stay healthier, to have a general idea of the state of ther blood pressure and to keep track of it at no charge. In case they register health problems, they can immediately consult a doctor. They appreciate this device a lot.

 

 

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RICOH Multifunction Copier has arrived

The RICOH Aficio MP2510 has just arrived in the storage.

 

 

 

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New Supporter: RICOH

RICOH Austria GmbH is going to send a refurbished RICOH Aficio MP2510 multifunctional printer/copier this Thursday.

Thank you very much for the support, especially to Patrick Goge and Marcel Schramm.

Ricoh Aficio MP 2510 Digitalkopierer

 

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Latest Supporter: Parkring City Coiffeur

Parkring City Coiffeur and its customers collected almost 500 Euros (by selling Christmas cards and African black soap) for GAMBIAid.

This money will help covering part of our last expenses like the First Aid Course, the container/harbor fees and the truck in The Gambia. Thank you very much for your support!

 


 

 

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GAMBIAid on Facebook

Now you can also find us on Facebook.

Follow us for the latest news!

 

 

 

 

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Acceptance Speech of the Students' Representative

 

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New Photos of some of the Donations to the Niani Schools

Below some photos of the school library, the new LED light system, the FMS world maps, printers and blackboards.

Library at the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
Library at the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
Library at the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
LED Light System
LED Light System
LED Light System
FMS World Maps
FMS World Maps
Printers
One of the new Blackboards
Principal Momodou Kanyi's office

 

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First Aid Course with First Aid 4 Gambia

Momodou Laineh's (trainer of First Aid 4 Gambia) report about his trip to Wassu (quotation):


“Friday 22nd May Travelled to Wassu,although a long way drive but thank God I reached their safely around 5pm.

...

Saturday 23rd May,1st day training at the Niani Junior and Senior Secondary School, where the 1st set of their teachers received the training. It was 10 in number, they all did very well and went home with their certificates and some First aid gifts was also handed to the participants. It was a nice session with questions and answers at the end of the course. The School First Aid Supplies (donated by GAMBIAid) were also explained to them in order to have a know how of how to use the stuffs. The supplies available there were mainly bandages,antiseptic wash,swabs (compresses),wound dressings and thermometers.We have gone through all of them.

Sunday 24th May, was the second day of the training were 13 people attended the course. Mr Kanyi was on this set and his Deputy head was also on the session.Including Four students who were also on the course. This was also a very nice and interesting course, were it ends with questions and answer, especially epilepsy which they said its common among the girls students, snakes bites were discuss and how to handle them, nose bleeding etc.We have went through the First Aid Supplies Available with them, which is well understood by all of them. All the Participants received their certificates, some first aid gifts were also given to all of them to take home. They were very proud to received the training and promise to make best used of their skills and also commented that ,they will share their skills not at the schools alone but up to communities level.

Before I shoot back to the coast the same afternoon,the Principal gives a Wonderful thank you speech for the entire team of First Aid 4 Gambia and their supporters,and also to their sponsor (GAMBIAid) who facilitate the transport.

I drove back the same afternoon to the coast, where I arrived around 9pm in the evening, though hectic but everything went very successful.”

To see ALL photos, please click HERE!

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Aid-4-Gambia/163166470412979

http://www.firstaid4gambia.org/

 

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First Aid Training

The first aid course will take place on the 23 and 24 of May 2015. Mr. Momodou Laineh of First Aid 4 Gambia is going to train the 20 teachers of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary and the Niani Primary School in Wassu.

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned earlier (Dec 2014), each course is based on a 1 day (6 hours)/10 persons UK Emergency First Aid at Work course which covers

  1. Effective use of first aid equipment and hygiene
  2. Aims of FA
  3. Assessing situation
  4. Dealing with unconscious casualty  -  breathing
  5. Dealing with unconscious casualty  - non breathing - CPR with manikins adult and child
  6. Choking
  7. Burns
  8. Shock
  9. Wounds
  10. Sprains and strains.

 

All candidates receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.

Courses are delivered by Mr. Laineh who is able to train in English, Mandinka and Wollof.

All courses are fully adapted for The Gambia.

First Aid 4 Gambia, a registered Scottish charity SCO40837, is going to train the teachers free of charge. GAMBIAid helped towards the costs for travelling and accomodation of the trainer.

 

Photos coming soon.

 

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Video: Bansang's children rollicking

Conquering a children's play tent.
The tent survived the attack.

 

 

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Gardena/Husqvarna Donation

The irrigationsystem for the schoolgarden from Gardena (Husqvarna) - including a water pump (total value 700 Euros) - has arrived at the storage.

 

Thank you very much!


 

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Various Improvements

LED-lights for houses in Lamin and a variety of useful plants as well as vegetable and herb seeds for a couple of gardens in Lamin, Doke and Wassu.


LED light system
Fragaria × ananassa

 

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The Ndoke area

equus asinus asinus
equus asinus asinus
Gambia River
for pounding grain
Faye's fields during dry season in Doke
Cattle in Ndoke
Ndoke
Donkey in Ndoke
Ndoke
Faye's donkey and goats
Quelea quelea
Ndoke
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The Bansang area

River Gambia at Bansang
Fula
Fula
Necrosyrtes monachus
Bansang
Eurystomus glaucurus
River Gambia
Gambia river
Centropus senegalensis
Lamprotornis chalcurus
Lamprotornis chalcurus
Milvus migrans parasitus
Gambia river
Lamprotornis caudatus
Lamprotornis caudatus
Moon over Bansang
A real Wulang Wulang
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More about the Wassu area: River Gambia National Park and Baboon Islands

pirogues
fishermen
Gambia River
Kuntaur
Groundnut factory
Kuntaur Rice Mill
cattle
Bamboo transport
Bamboo transport
bamboo transport
pirogue on the Gambia River
Gambia River
Gambia River
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus amphibius
Crocodylus suchus
Crocodylus suchus
Crocodylus suchus
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus amphibius
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes
Pan troglodytes

For all photos and information please click here (and open the pictures)!

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Some art for all the donors by the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School

Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School
Thanks a lot to all the donors from the students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School

They would like to thank all the donors with some drawings they made. To see all of them - more than 80 - please click here.

 

Die Schüler der Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School möchten sich mit Zeichnungen bei den Spendern bedanken. Wer alle - mehr als 80 Bilder - sehen möchte, bitte hier klicken.

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Big up to all the donors

Thank you again to all the donors:

 

 

 

  • KORES http://www.kores.com/
    school materials like crayons, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, glue, scissors etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  transport of the container up to Banjul and transport of Mondi copy paper to our storage

 

 

  • Depot Lager- & Handels GmbH  
    free storage space, container loading, sickbeds, tools, chairs and office chairs

 

  • Central National Europe
    purchase of 1000 Christmas cards, mobiles, laptops, computers, D-Link network switch ports and other hardware

 

  • net informationstechnologie gmbh http://www.netit.at
    computers, laptops, all-in-one printer, screens, mice, keyboards, cables etc.

 

  • Dr. David Penney, University of Manchester, UK
    "Field Guide to Wildlife of The Gambia", "Common Spiders and Other Arachnids of the Gambia" and "Field Guide to the Butterflies of The Gambia" for the school library

 

 

 

 

  • American International School http://www.ais.at
    secondhand books for the school library 

 

  • E. M. Fletzberger  fashionable clothing and shoes (in mint condition)

 

  • Zoe F. clothes + shoes for children, soccerballs

 

  • Punzet Familie/Family 
    clothing for children and support to donation handling of the elementary school in St. Georgen.

 

  • Elfriede Kafka, Heidi Kofler + Team  
    Major donations of clothing, bed sheets, toys and shoes

 

  

  • Martina Kutscha printer and a variety of cables and plugs plus ideas/contacts etc.
  • Elina Karlsson Printer

 

  • Ida und Leo Koller
    support and contacts

 

  • Heinrich und Simone Schuster
    free van for donation's transport and support

 

  • and many others, that don't want to be mentioned here but made it possible to purchase the first aid materials, black boards, chalk, tools, light switches, power sockets, cables and everything for electric wiring, LED-tubes and bulbs, gardening equipment like watering cans, rakes,  educational materials, books, bookshelf, 35 extra solar powered desk lamps etc.

 

  • My own family for support and hard work over many months, donations like sewing machines, mattress for the reading corner, clothing, shoes, towels and many, many other things. And last but not least for our Peugeot 206CC which we took from Austria to the Gambia for getting around; small but sturdy and reliable.

 

 

 

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IKEA Ninki Nanka


 Representing all the donated stuffed animals:

 

THE JOURNEY OF THE IKEA NINKI NANKA

The IKEA Ninki Nanka in the plane to The Gambia
IKEA Ninki Nanka munching everything edible in The Gambia
Beach time for the IKEA Ninki Nanka
New friends
Singing together
Relying on each other: The other one will stay awake to keep watch...

*Ninki-Nanka:


A Ninki Nanka is a legendary creature in West African folklore. Descriptions of the creature vary, but most contend that the animal is reptilian and possibly dragon-like.

According to tradition, the Ninki Nanka lives in the swamps of West Africa. The animal is said to be extremely large and very dangerous. It is said that when children get too confident and feel they can disobey their parents and go into the swamp they will be taken by the Ninki Nanka. This creature's tales were never recorded in any sort of non-modern text but the story of it has spread from tribe to tribe all over Africa. There is a song called "Ninki Nanka" on the album Casamance au clair de lune (1984) by the Senegalese music group Touré Kunda.

A group of "dragon hunters" from the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) went to Gambia in the summer of 2006 to investigate the Ninki Nanka and take testimony from those who have claimed to have seen the mythical creature. One interviewee who claimed to have had an encounter with a Ninki Nanka said it looked similar to an image of a Chinese dragon. The expedition, known as the "J. T. Downes Memorial Gambia Expedition 2006", received a fair amount of media attention, including coverage in a BBC Online article.


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The schools in Wassu: progress and news

The donations were distributed equitably among needy students, the computer lab was installed and the blackboards were mounted to the wall.

 

Video coming soon.

distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of donations to the students of Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School
distribution of toys and games to the students of the Niani Lower Basic School
distribution of toys and games to the students of the Niani Lower Basic School
distribution of toys and games to the students of the Niani Lower Basic School
Installation of the new computer lab
Installation of the new computer lab
Mounting the blackboards
Mounting the blackboards
Mounting the blackboards
The new computer lab
The new computer lab

For further info and descriptions please open the photos here!

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Donations for Bansang

We took clothes, shoes, footballs, stuffed animals, solar powered lamps, cooking pots and other kitchenware, first aid materials, toys, school materials etc. to Bansang. As you can see, the children were "over-enjoying" [commonly used expression in The Gambia :o)] their toys. Videos can be found here.

inspecting the donation boxes
IKEA stuffed animals
happy with their new IKEA stuffed animals
proud new owners of IKEA stuffed animals
inspecting some of the donations
some new clothes and IKEA stuffed animals
new clothes and IKEA stuffed dog
IKEA stuffed animals and some of new clothes
IKEA stuffed animal and new clothes
new clothing
how to tie an IKEA stuffed deer around the waist
IKEA doll and new clothes
playing with the TNT compendium of games
on the way to Bansang
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Donations for Ndoke

We were lucky to have a UN pick-up placed at our disposal. The logo on the car and the driver made it possible to get smoothly through all the police and military check points on the way to Ndoke, one of the neighboring villages of Wassu, but even more important later to Bansang. We provided Ndoke with gardening tools, fruit and vegetable seeds, clothing, stuffed animals, some footballs, solar powered desk lamps, etc.

Loading the UN Pick-up with the donations for Ndoke
Ndoke kids
Kids playing with card board and litter
IKEA stuffed panda
IKEA stuffed animals
IKEA stuffed Ninki Nanka
Schenker stuffed elephant
IKEA stuffed animals
IKEA "baby"-frog
IKEA stuffed "baby"-frog
IKEA stuffed animals
IKEA solar powerd desk lamps
no electricity
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Distribution at the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School and the Niani Lower Basic School

The Gambia River at Janjanbureh
The Gambia River at Janjanbureh

The truck arrived 3 am in the morning in Janjanbureh (former: Georgetown). On the way one of the tires had a puncture. Since the truck was already using its spare tires, there was no choice but to continue the journey with a flat tire. However, we're in Gambia and the situation was laid-back as usual: The other wheels carried the broken one anyway.

Thanks to a letter from the ministry of education, the truck was able to pass all the police and military check points on the way without further delay or disturbance and possible damage or loss of the donations.

The first ferry crossing the Gambia River at Janjanbureh to Lamin Koto went 8 am. It is able to carry up to 3 cars or one truck at a time. We took the first ferry with our little car, the truck had to wait for the second. From Lamin Koto it is only a rather short drive to Wassu, where the students were already eagerly waiting for us to arrive.

Some obligatory speeches were held. Afterwards the strongest boys of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary school started to offload the truck and arrange the donations in the school yard, from where they were carried in the various school rooms for the later distribution or installation.

 

Gambia River at Janjanbureh
flat tire
Waiting in the line for the ferry at Janjanbureh
Our truck on the ferry at Lamin Koto
Ferry at Lamin Koto
Students of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School eagerly wainting
unloading the truck
unloading chairs
Unloading sickbeds
the boys of the Niani Upper and Senior Secondary School unloading the truck
The chairman and the principal with some supervising the unloading
unloading the truck
carrying the donations
unloading the donations
unloading the donations
Blackboards and other donations
donations
unloading the Mondi copy paper
Mondi copy paper donation
Mondi copy paper
unloading the Mondi copy paper donation
some donations
A fraction of the KORES donations
Cheering at the sight of all the TNT footballs
The sports teacher with a TNT football
TNT footballs
First Aid equipment
IKEA solar powered desk lamps
IKEA solar powered desk lamps
Principal Momodou Kanyi supervising the arrangement of the donations

For all photos and descriptions, please click here!

Die Schuler und Lehrer wissen die Unterstützung äußerst zu schätzen und versprachen die bestmögliche Verwendung der Spenden.

Die schiere Menge der Sachen hat sie umgeworfen. Diese werden definitive die Lern- und Lebensbedingungen verbessern.

Watch the video here.

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Everything arrived in The Gambia!

After two entire weeks of endless red tape and official channels, we got the container out of the habor. It took multiple visits at the Ministery of Education, of Finance, the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), the Gambia Port Authority (GPA), the clearing and forwarding agent, Delmas Gambia, customs at the port (inspecting the cargo and so on) etc.; umpsteen letters, stamps, guarantees, signatures...

But finally we also received a duty waiver and an exemption from the demurrage that had meanwhile arisen from the delay.

The day before loading, the truck, the ministry of education intended to provide, broke down. We had already wasted two days waiting for it and now this! Repairing it would have taken some days and because of the upcoming weekend (which starts Friday) and the preparations for the 50th Independence Day celebrations, we would have had further delays. To avoid this, we had to go and find a truck for the next morning. We found a friendly driver and quite a good truck at a rather reasonable price at Jimpex area. Later the driver said, if he had known before how stressful, chaotic and exhausting the procedures at the port were, he wouldn't have made the deal with us. And added: If somebody asked him again to pick up donations from the habor, he would refuse the deal. It was his first (and obviously last) time there.

After the port staff finally lifted our container to the ground for the second time (the first was the custom's inspection a couple of days ago), we hired some guys to help us loading our truck. We were literally human forklifts, heaving up everything onto the truck manually. Some packages weighed more than 180 kg. Only the copy paper we had to remove from the two pallets and load the packets individually, since we couldn't lift the more than 750 kg, that each weighed.

After that, our truck had to be X-rayed by the port authorities, driving an X-ray-vehicle around our truck, (presumably) also  distributing the radiation liberally to the people standing nearby.

Because of some more or less bizarre, time-killing events (e.g. suddenly we found our papers locked away in an office and the only owner of the key had gone to a funeral. But without these papers we were not allowed to leave the habor...), we just managed to get out of the port before closing time at 6 pm. With us, all the eagerly awaited donations...

 

(rough) Cargo List:

  • Chairs and office chairs
  • Footballs, ball pumps
  • First aid supplies, 2 sick beds, sphygmomanometers, clinical thermometers etc.
  • Tools, electric installation supplies (power sockets, light switches, cable etc)
  • LED tubes and sockets
  • Gardening tools, watering cans
  • Computers, keyboards, computer mice, screens, cables, printers, D-Link Sys, Scanner, Laptops etc.
  • 1 fan
  • Stationery (notebooks, exercise books etc)
  • 2 pallets Mondi copy paper
  • World maps
  • Various Toys
  • 1 mattress, sheets and pillows (for reading corner)
  • Books
  • 1 book shelf
  • 5 black boards
  • Chalk
  • Clothing, shoes, bags, bed sheets, curtains, towels, blankets, pillows etc.
  • 2 sewing machines
  • 85 Solar powered desk lamps
  • Clocks
  • Rechargeable batteries, charger (spare batteries for solar lamps, clocks etc.)
  • School materials (hundreds of pencils and crayons, watercolours, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, pencil cases, etc.)
  • Several hundred little deko-dustbins as pencil holders
  • Stuffed animals

 

Some items were new, some in mint condition.

 

Ministry of Education
Delmas
Inside the Delmas office
My container
Banjul port
My container being lifted.
Breaking the seal.
My container waiting for custom's inspection.
Unhappy truck
Heavy load
Unloading the container
Loading the truck
The 150 kg all-in-one printer being heaved in the truck.
The port authorities' X-ray truck.
Our truck finally left the port (after an all-day delay)
Banjul port
Leaving Banjul, on the way to Wassu...
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The Mediterranean Sea arrived at the Smiling Coast of Africa

The container is going to be unloaded within the next days.

 


 

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New sponsor: Husqvarna

I received an Email in Gambia today.

We have another supporter: Husqvarna (Gardena). Since the container is already on the way, we are going to take everything next time.

They are going to send a deep well pump, hoses, hose reel, hose connectors, basic equipment, watering rod and various sprinklers. Total value: about EUR 700,00!

 

Thank you very much!


 

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Vessel position

The Mediterranean Sea arrived in Conakry, but it is going to head South again to Monrovia, Liberia.

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Latest position of the Mediterranean Sea

At the moment it is moored at Freetown, Sierra Leone. Next stop: Conakry, Guinea.

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New sponsor: KORES

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit school materials' paradise at KORES and was given the permission to take hundreds of pencils, crayons, glues and many other useful things.

On the photo I uploaded is only a tiny choice of the school supplies that will go to The Gambia soon.

Since the container is already on the way, I will have to take it in one of my travelling bags.

 

Kores is a family owned producer and innovator of office and school products. The company was established in 1887 in Vienna, Austria and ever since it has been producing, marketing and selling Kores brand products all over the world. After being founded by Wilhelm Koreska, 4 successive generations of Koreskas have run the company.

 

Thank you very much for the support!

 

And big up to Sandra!

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Getting closer

The Mediterranean Sea is approaching, but it will go past The Gambia, since the first port of destination is going to be Freetown in Sierre Leone.

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Current position of the Mediterranean Sea

The vessel is currently passing the Canary Islands (Lanzarote).


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Update: current position of container

The container was reloaded onto the "Mediterranean Sea" and is heading south now.

Current position widget:

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IKEA - stuffed animals

Two days ago I received an email from Nina Höfinger, IKEA Vösendorf: They have about 50 stuffed animals for my project. So I went to pick them up today. Since the container is already on the way, these cuddly pandas, frogs, rabbits, deers, goats, horses, dogs, bears and many others will have to travel by plane in one of my bags.

As you can see on the photo, they're already very excited as they can't wait to see their new homes and they're ready for the big journey. There are even some Ninki-Nankas* in on it.

 


 

Thank you very much again, Daniela Luther and Nina Höfinger!

 

 


*Ninki-Nanka:

 

 

English:

A Ninki Nanka is a legendary creature in West African folklore. Descriptions of the creature vary, but most contend that the animal is reptilian and possibly dragon-like.

According to tradition, the Ninki Nanka lives in the swamps of West Africa. The animal is said to be extremely large and very dangerous. It is said that when children get too confident and feel they can disobey their parents and go into the swamp they will be taken by the Ninki Nanka. This creature's tales were never recorded in any sort of non-modern text but the story of it has spread from tribe to tribe all over Africa. There is a song called "Ninki Nanka" on the album Casamance au clair de lune (1984) by the Senegalese music group Touré Kunda.

A group of "dragon hunters" from the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) went to Gambia in the summer of 2006 to investigate the Ninki Nanka and take testimony from those who have claimed to have seen the mythical creature. One interviewee who claimed to have had an encounter with a Ninki Nanka said it looked similar to an image of a Chinese dragon. The expedition, known as the "J. T. Downes Memorial Gambia Expedition 2006", received a fair amount of media attention, including coverage in a BBC Online article.

 

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Mediterranean Sea

After reloading in the port Tanger Med in Morocco, the Mediterranean Sea is going to take the container to The Gambia.

IMO: 9348194
MMSI: 244643000
Call Sign: PBEL
Flag: Netherlands (NL)
AIS Type: Cargo - Hazard A (Major)
Gross Tonnage: 18017
Deadweight: 23780 t
Length × Breadth: 182.5 m × 28 m
Year Built: 2006
Status: Active

As you can see on this picture, there were some changes again. Now the Mediterranean Sea is going to take the container to Banjul, The Gambia, where it is going to arrive a bit delayed.

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ANL Warringa has just arrived at Tanger Med

The ANL Warringa has just arrived at Tanger Med harbor, Morocco. Soon, the container is going to be reloaded onto the Mediterranean Sea.

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Update: current position of container

After calling at the port of Rotterdam (NL), the ANL Warringa is currently anchoring at Le Havre Anch (FR). Next stop: 07/01/2015 Tanger Med (MA)

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Update: current position of container

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ANL Warringa → Tanger Med, Morocco

This is the ship that is going to take the container to Tanger Med, Morroco:

The ANL Warringa

 

IMO: 9324837
MMSI: 538002734
Call Sign: V7LF2
Flag: Marshall Is (MH)
AIS Type: Cargo - Hazard A (Major)
Gross Tonnage: 39906
Deadweight: 50629 t
Length × Breadth: 260.05m × 32.3m
Year Built: 2007
Status: Active
Type of Vessel:
Container vessel
Year built:
2007
Gross-Tonnage:
39906
Tons Deadweight:
50629 t
Container:
4250 TEU
Length:
260.00 m
Breadth:
32.20 m
Draft:
12.60 m
Power:
36560 kW
Speed:
24.5 kn
Tanger Med, Morocco
Tanger Med, Morocco

Tanger-Med is a cargo port located about 40 km east of Tangier, Morocco. It is one of the largest ports on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity and went into service in July 2007. Its initial capacity was 3.5 million shipment containers.

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Container loading

Yesterday was the big day, the container arrived and got loaded. Meanwhile it is already on the way to Hamburg / Germany and on the 25 December the ship will go to Banjul / The Gambia.

Just before completing the loading the delivery of the blackboards arrived. That was close!

Now keep your fingers crossed, that everything runs smoothly!

Thanks again to all the supporters!

Arrival of the blackboards / Ankunft der Schultafeln
Arrival of the blackboards / Ankunft der Schultafeln
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Some new Blackboards

Magnetoplan/Holtz Office Support GmbH in Germany supports us on short notice. Since another supplier couldn't deliver on time, Holtz Office Support is going to send 5 blackboards within only 4 days.

Free delivery and the blackboards at a special price.

Thank you very much!

 

 

 

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Even More Computers

Yesterday, net informationstechnologie gmbh delivered some more computers. Special thanks to Robert Paar for organizing everything and for personally taking everything to the storage. In total we already have 17 computers.

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First Aid Courses

Every year, many people in The Gambia get seriously ill or die due to the lack of primary health care which the country simply cannot afford. Many deaths and infections could be prevented with basic up to date first aid knowledge and equipment. In The Gambia more than one million people rely on three dangerously overstretched government run hospitals for their medical care. First aid training and equipment can help the Gambians respond to daily health related problems and possible life threatening situations.

The teachers of the Niani Upper & Senior Secondary School and of the Niani Lower Basic School are going to be trained by First Aid 4 Gambia, a registered Scottish charity SCO40837.

The course is based on a 1 day (6 hours) UK Emergency First Aid at Work course which covers

  1. Effective use of first aid equipment and hygiene
  2. Aims of FA
  3. Assessing situation
  4. Dealing with unconscious casualty  -  breathing
  5. Dealing with unconscious casualty  - non breathing - CPR with manikins adult and child
  6. Choking
  7. Burns
  8. Shock
  9. Wounds
  10. Sprains and strains.

All candidates receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.

Courses are delivered by a Gambian trainer who is able to train in English, Mandinka and Wollof.

All courses are fully adapted for The Gambia.

First Aid 4 Gambia is going to train the teachers free of charge. GAMBIAid is going to help towards the costs for travelling and accomodation of the trainer.

 

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Books

Some books with Africa/Gambia background and about Austria for the school library.

There's more on the way.


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Mondi Copy Paper

These are the two pallets with copy paper from Mondi. Thank you very much again.

Now the teachers don't have to travel 500 km for printing.

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First Aid Supplies

Thanks to the support of a very experienced doctor, I was able to assemble enough appropriate first aid supplies for 700 students, that should last for about 1.5 years.

The package contains bandages, compresses, band-aids, wound disinfection, ointment etc.

 

Further, the 20 teachers are going to attend first aid courses that meet international standards. More info about that soon.

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Central National purchased 500 Christmas Cards

This year Central National Europe purchased 500 Christmas cards again.

Thank you very much for the support!

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Christmas Cards by gugler*

The Austrian communication company, gugler* produced this year's Christmas cards at a special price for aid organizations. Thank you very much!

These cards were produced eco-friendly according to the Austrian Eco-Label as well. Gugler is also the first and only print shop that is producing  Cradle to Cradle.


More about Cradle to Cradle:

http://www.printthechange.com/

Wikipedia: Cradle to Cradle

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New Sponsor: Mondi

Mondi is going to send 2 pallets with copy paper and some colored paper. So the school will be able to feed the printers. The students and teachers can also use it for writing, drawing and doing handicrafts.

 

Thank you very much and big up to Elisabeth Salomon!

 

Jerich is going to carry out the delivery to the donation storage - Thanks a lot!

 

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Donations pickup

Thanks to Simone and Heinrich Schuster, who made a van (incl. fuel) available to me, I was able to pick up the donations of the elementary school in St. Georgen im Attergau plus some more donations again from Elfriede Kafka + Team. I was also supported by the Punzet Family and Gabi Huber again. The van was full up to the ceiling.

 

Thank you very much to you all!

You made it possible.


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HP LaserJet P1005 Printer

Anna Elina Karlsson donated a HP LaserJet P1005 printer and a new cartridge.

Thank you very much, Elina!

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American International School donated books

The American International School in Vienna donated 3 big bags of books for students from about 6 years to young age.

Thank you very much!

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DB Schenker provides two Inka pallets with boxes

DB Schenker is going to provide two Inka pallets with boxes to protect the smaller or delicate donations from being damaged during the shipping. Thank you very much!