The Gambia & Jarjari
When we think of The Gambia, many of us will picture glorious beaches and wonderful sun-filled holidays. But this is only half the story, The Gambia is a country of huge contrasts, a third of the population live below the international poverty line. Despite this, education is highly valued, even in the smallest village.
The village of Jarjari is no exception. It’s situated north of the river, about 150km from Banjul. As with the rest of the country, the people are very friendly and peaceful, and communities work and live together, supporting each other through their work and friendship. They never complain and accept what life has given them.
The loss of the Jarjari nursery school through flash floods in 2009 was devastating. The village believes in the value of education and was desperate to rebuild the school, but didn’t want to just build another school of mud which would be washed away in the next floods. But they didn’t have the resources to build a proper brick building – until that day in December 2009 when Bakary originally from Jarjari met Phil Morgan. Phil (brother of PDX MD Geoff) was determined to build a new substantial school.
The project has succeeded and Geoff Morgan and his colleagues at PDX have raised over £10k in charity challenges and assisted in warehousing items from generators to laptops , from school uniforms to desks until there was enough to fill a Container. PDX then delivered the items FOC to the Container. As I write we have more ‘donated’ items warehoused waiting for the next Container.
Other Recent Fundraising Challenges by PDX staff
2012 – 50 mile non-stop walk from Oxford to Marlow, MD Geoff & Daughter Jessica, 14hours lots of blisters but huge satisfaction. £9k raised for Jarjari School
2013 -Working in Wigs for a day – All PDX Staff , £3.5k raised for Cancer Care, Stoke Mandeville Hospital
2014 – Costa Rica Cycle Challenge – Coast to Coast 500 km, with fellow Director Claire Norton. Saddle sore but £8.5K raised for Jarjari School