In 2007 the charity Afrikaya was formed. Why? To build a nursery school from scratch for underprivileged children in the Gambia. The creation of the school is to help the New Yundum community to take more control of their lives and end their poverty through education.
The vision began when Geoff and Di Miles visited the area and met an inspirational man, Kebba Jaina. Concerned his community had little opportunity to become educated, earn a living and free themselves from poverty, he wanted to create a school.
Sadly, Kebba has since died, but his dream lives on through Afrikaya. The local School Management Committee have named a tree on the school site "The Kebba Jaina Tree". A symbol of STRENGTH, GROWTH and LIFE - a truly fitting tribute to his memory.
Many of you have and are helping us to reach our goals through sponsorship, supporting our events and organising your own events in aid of Afrikaya. But whatever your support or interest, past, present or future, from the children of the Gambia and from us a heartfelt:
Education in the Gambia
“In 2000, world leaders promised that every child in the world would complete a quality education by 2015, but there are still over 70 million children around the world who do not get a chance to go to school.” Courtesy of ActionAid
According to the Unicef's latest statistics, youth literacy rates, for young people age 15 - 24, are:
* Young men in The Gambia - 63%.
* Young women in The Gambia - 41%.
* Rest of the world - 87%.