There are 66,000 orphans growing up in The Gambia. Being orphans obviously has a detrimental impact on their development and therefore the care they require to help them overcome traumas. In 2005, we began to build an orphanage in Sinchu Alhajie, which, with the help of many sponsors and volunteers, finally opened in 2009.
Our aim is to provide a home - together with a good education - for 22 children, so that they can enjoy a carefree childhood and grow up to be balanced adults with a positive vision for the future.
Besides giving the children a good home, we also teach them the importance of working together to build a sustainable world and achieve a better climate. Energy at the orphanage is supplied by solar panels and two wind turbines, while clean water comes from a borehole. As far as we can, we endeavour to work and live on the site in a way that is as carbon neutral as possible.
Running an orphanage is very expensive. Food, clothing, healthcare and education are not the only expenses we face and in adition, staff costs, funding for transport to and from school, insurance and maintaining the buildings and grounds must also be included.
The orphanage can only exist thanks to donations from sponsors to the organisation ‘Les Amis de Gambie’.