Kind-hearted Pam McConnell MBE gave a talk to Bolsover Rotary members recently about the work of the Gambia School Appeal.
Both Pam and charity trustee Margaret Day explained how the charity helped to boost education and facilities in the county’s schools.
Pam illustrated how the scope of involvement by the appeal was fantastic when compared to the small size. It is funding and assisting two schools in many projects including repairs to water pumps, provision of garden tools, watering cans, seeds and seedlings for school gardens.
The seedlings would allow children to grow fruits and vegetables to supplement their school meals, and to build a greener environment by creating a ‘tree nursery’.
In support of health initiatives, the charity has also provided a new built three-pit toilet, funded information sessions for parents during the Ebola threat in 2014, and provided hand-washing liquid for the schools.
Other health initiatives include provision of mosquito nets for the poorer families and equipment for the preparation of school meals. Other aid included shipments of books, games, stationery and puzzles to help provide more interesting classroom environments.