When we heard the news, that boarders had opened for goods trafic, we decided to send a part of our private donations to The Gambia.
Unfortunately, we cannot send a Container, because we have to be in Gambia for its arrival, so we can distribute and use the donations accordingly.
So, we sent a VW 70 D van, that we had bought ourselves and put some beds and mattresses inside.
The car will be used as Commercial car (taxi). It is going to Support a Family, whose father (=provider) had died. One of the sons is old enough to drive it.
The beds and mattresses are to large and of low value to be stolen on the long way to The Gambia, that's why we decided to put them inside the van.
Meanwhile, the car had been loaded and is on the way to Antwerp.
We also sent a pressure washer (privately financed as well), separately. Times are dire, but at least it's enabling to establish a car wash, which will again contribute to a family's income.
As I already mentioned, all this was privately financed.
All the other donations are still waiting for a Transport after travel restrictions are lifted.
Update on solar fountain fundraising.
After some problems with the German donation platform betterplace.org, we ask for donations directly to our donation account.
Very brief summary of the events:
Since betterplace.org is, as already mentioned, is a German platform, we had great difficulties getting the collected donations paid out, which had been always easy before, but suddenly was no longer possible. In addition, our fundraising presence on the betterplace homepage was blocked.
In Germany it is relatively easy to receive a donation favor notification. In Austria you have to have an auditor (costs per year at least EUR 5,000.00) check the books of our non-profit, submit this to the tax office and then after a long wait you will get this notification. Our small association does not have these financial means and we still stand behind our statement that 100% of all donations should go to projects in The Gambia.
After some back and forth I was able to get a certificate of our non-profit status from the tax office (waiting period more than 7 months) by showing all the required information.
Fortunately, betterplace acknowledged it and after 2 further months the remaining amount, unfortunately minus processing and bank charges, was transferred to our donation account.
(Direct transfer would also be better because no platform can deduct any intrests)
When the donation chaos finally came to an end, Corona "happened" and unfortunately there are further delays. We cannot send a container as planned or travel to the Gambia and build the well. However, the plan is still in place and is being implemented reliably. We hope that our means will suffice because on the one hand, the donation goal has still not been reached and on the other hand, we also have storage costs that accumulate due to the many delays. However, these costs are not covered by donations intended for the well, but by separate income. Donations for the water pump will only be used for this purpose! We hope that we can hold out financially in the meantime.
We still lack almost EUR 1,700.00 for the tower construction, which we could not collect due to the blocking of the platform.
We very much hope that there will be positive reports again soon. Until then, we are grateful for any donation for the implementation of the project.
Many thanks to everyone!
Barbara Hassler sent a parcel containing pens, pencils, crayons etc.
Thank you very much!
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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.